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The Week Ahead: November 7-13

November 11: United Nations Committee against Torture to review the report on Belarus prepared by Belarusian nongovernmental organizations.
The Week Ahead is a handy listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, November 7:

Armenia/Georgia: Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze visits Yerevan.

Balkans: Belgrade hosts the Ministerial Review Conference on Resolving the Refugee Situation in the Western Balkans.

IMF/Russia: Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is due to hold talks in Moscow with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Pakistan: The Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington holds a discussion on U.S.-Pakistan relations and the internal dynamics of Pakistan.

Russia: The Valdai International Discussion Club holds its eighth annual conference, this year in Kaluga and Moscow (to November 11).

Russia/China: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jibao in St. Petersburg.

Russia/Germany: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev begins a visit to Germany (to November 8).

Russia/SCO: The council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting begins in St. Petersburg. SCO countries include China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

TUESDAY, November 8:

Armenia/Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi is scheduled to visit Armenia.

Germany: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev attends the launch ceremony for the Nord Stream gas pipeline together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. The ceremony to take place in Lubmin, Germany.

Serbia: Chatham House hosts a conference titled "Serbia’s Path Towards The European Union" in London.

World: OPEC's World Oil Outlook and Annual Statistical Bulletin to be launched in Vienna.

WEDNESDAY, November 9:

EU: UNITED for Intercultural Action, the biggest European network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees, marks the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism.

Georgia: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits Tbilisi (to November 10).

THURSDAY, November 10:

APEC: U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are scheduled to attend the APEC CEO Summit 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Azerbaijan/Hungary: Hungarian President Pal Schmitt pays an official visit to Baku (to November 12).

Balkans: The European Parliament holds a hearing on human rights in the Western Balkans in Brussels.

FRIDAY, November 11:

Belarus: United Nations Committee against Torture to review the report on Belarus prepared by Belarusian nongovernmental organizations.

Czech Republic: Prague hosts a conference titled "EU, NATO, and Russia 20 years after. And what now?"

Russia/CIS: Moscow hosts a meeting of the council of heads of state and public media of the CIS countries.

SUNDAY, November 13:

Azerbaijan/Moldova: Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat is expected to visit Baku (to November 14).

Georgia: Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia holds its presidential election and a referendum on the status of the Russian language.

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