The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.
MONDAY, December 13:
Afghanistan: German Defense Minister Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg is in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit.
EU: Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting opens in Brussels.
Russia: North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun visits Moscow, holds talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
TUESDAY, December 14:
Balkans: The World Bank convenes an international conference on Poverty and Social Inclusion in the Western Balkans in Brussels (to December 15).
WEDNESDAY, December 15:
Balkans: Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina get Schengen visa-free access.
Moldova: Recount of the votes cast by voters in the November 28 parliamentary elections is scheduled.
Russia: Russian Union of Journalists holds its annual remembrance day for slain Russian journalists.
Russia: Verdict of court case against former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev to be announced.
Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits Latvia (to December 16).
World: Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to be presented in Strasbourg.
THURSDAY, December 16:
Russia: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin hosts his annual marathon phone-in with the Russian people.
Georgia/Russia: New round of talks between Georgia and Russia under the sponsorship of the EU, the OSCE, and the UN begins in Geneva.
FRIDAY, December 17:
Armenia: New mayor of Yerevan is expected to be elected.
Russia: Test firing of Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile is scheduled.
SATURDAY, December 18: