The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.
MONDAY, December 20:
Russia/India: New Delhi hosts the 11th annual India-Russia summit.
Turkey: Ankara hosts media forum for Turkic-speaking nations. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan to participate. (to December 22).
WEDNESDAY, December 22:
Afghanistan: The UN Security Council meets in New York to discuss the UN mission in Afghanistan, whose mandate is due to expire in March 2011.
Armenia/Russia: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian meet in St. Peterburg.
Iran/Turkey: Iran's new acting foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Istanbul.
THURSDAY, December 23:
Iran/Turkey: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Istanbul to attend a meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
Turkey: Istanbul hosts the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), a regional group comprising Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and all five Central Asia nations.
FRIDAY, December 24:
Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev due to appear live on television to address Russians on the results of the outgoing year.
Turkey: Presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey hold trilateral talks in Istanbul.
World: Christian pilgrims gather for Christmas midnight mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
SATURDAY, December 25:
Iraq: Constitutional deadline for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a government.
World: Western-rite Christians celebrate Christmas.