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The Week Ahead: May 23-29

May 28 - Fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Amnesty International.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, May 23:

Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits China.

Iraq: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas visits Baghdad (to May 24).

Russia/NATO: The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London hosts a discussion titled "Prospects For NATO-Russia Cooperation On Missile Defense."

Russia/Ukraine: Russian-Ukrainian naval exercise Fairway of Peace 2011 starts in the Black Sea (to May 27).

World: Sixteenth ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) opens in Bali, Indonesia (to May 27).

TUESDAY, May 24:

Afghanistan/Pakistan: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to host a hearing titled "Al Qaeda, The Taliban And Other Extremist Groups In Afghanistan And Pakistan."

Georgia: The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London hosts Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili.

OECD: France hosts the annual OECD meeting.

Uzbekistan/Germany: Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov visits Berlin (to May 26).


Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov visits Indonesia to participate in the meeting of countries joined in the Non-Aligned Movement (to May 27).

Georgia: Georgian opposition plans to hold a peaceful protest in Tbilisi.

Iran: The Heritage Foundation in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Iran: Rising Power And Deepening Internal Repression."

Pakistan: The Wilson Center holds a discussion on religious education and the politics of pluralism in Pakistan.

Russia: Second EU-Russia Innovation Forum opens in Lappeenranta, Finland (to May 26).

Russia: International Islamic Forum opens in Chechnya's capital, Grozny.

Russia/EU: Russia holds a presentation on the South Stream natural-gas pipeline in Brussels.

World: The Center for Strategic and International Studies launches its annual "Global Peace Index 2011" in Washington.

World: International Missing Children's Day.


Pakistan: The United States Institute of Peace hosts a discussion titled "Seeking A Silver Bullet: Key Challenges In India-Pakistan Normalization."

Serbia/Kosovo: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton travels to Serbia and Kosovo (to May 27).

World: G8 Summit opens in Deauville, France (to May 27).

FRIDAY, May 27:

Poland: Seventeenth meeting of presidents of Central European States opens in Warsaw (to May 28).

Ukraine/Poland: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits Warsaw (to May 28).


World: Fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Amnesty International.

SUNDAY, May 29:

UN: International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

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