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The Week Ahead: May 9-15

May 11-14: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari pays an official visit to Russia.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, May 9:

Afghanistan: Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasul pays an official visit to China (to May 12).

Armenia: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Efthymiou visits Yerevan (May 11).

Balkans: The Wilson Center hosts a discussion titled "Lessons From Bosnia And The Balkans" in Washington.

EU: Europe Day.

Pakistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to address parliament in Islamabad.

Russia: Moscow's Red Square hosts the annual Victory Day parade.

Ukraine: The Washington-based Brookings Institution hosts a discussion on the process by which Ukraine surrendered its nuclear weapons in the 1990s.

UN: UN Security Council holds briefings on the situation in Libya and a discussion of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

UN: Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries opens in Istanbul, Turkey (to May 13).

TUESDAY, May 10:

Afghanistan: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing titled "Outlook For Transition In Afghanistan."

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Washington-based U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion titled "Deep Political Crisis In Bosnia-Herzegovina."

U.S.: The Washington-based Cato Institute holds a forum titled "America's Allies And War: Kosovo, Afghanistan, And Iraq."

World: Istanbul hosts a meeting of the Council of Europe ministers (to May 11).

World: Oslo Freedom Forum opens in Norway to highlight global humanitarian issues (to May 11).


Belarus: The trials of former presidential candidates Mikalay Statkevich and Dzmitry Vus to take place in Minsk.

Iran: Iran resumes trial in Tehran of three U.S. hikers arrested and accused of espionage in 2009. (NOTE: The trial has reportedly been postponed).

Pakistan/Russia: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg (to May 14).

Russia: Diego Maradona, Luis Figo, and other world soccer stars visit Chechnya to play soccer in a new stadium in Grozny.

Ukraine: Ukraine starts six-month rotating presidency of the Council of Europe.

World: 64th Cannes Film Festival opens (to May 22).

World: Launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-20.


Azerbaijan: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Efthymiou visits Baku (May 13).

Russia/Pakistan: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev holds talks with President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari in Moscow.

FRIDAY, May 13:

Kazakhstan: Almaty hosts regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (to May 14).

World: Amnesty International launches its 2011 report, "The State Of The World’s Human Rights."


Georgia: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Petros Efthymiou visits Tbilisi.

Iran/Iraq: Tehran hosts an international antiterrorism conference. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani is expected to attend.

World: Germany's Dusseldorf hosts the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 final.

SUNDAY, May 15:

Russia: St. Petersburg hosts a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Russia: 120th anniversary of the birth of Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov.

Ukraine: Ukraine's Day of Remembrance for Victims of Political Repression.

UN: International Day of Families.

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