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The Week Ahead: November 14-20

November 19 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.
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 14:

Azerbaijan: Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov visits Baku (to November 15).

Belarus: The United Nations Committee against Torture to review Belarus.

EU: The Foreign Affairs Council, chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, to hold a meeting in Brussels to discuss the situation in Serbia and Kosovo, as well as political development in Afghanistan.

Iran: The International Institute For Strategic Studies in London holds a discussion titled "Engaging Iran."

Russia/Lebanon: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrives in Beirut from Syria to pray with Orthodox believers and meet with Lebanese people and officials.

Turkmenistan/Pakistan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov visits Islamabad to discuss trade and energy relations.

Ukraine: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington holds a discussion titled "20 Years of Ukraine's Independence."

World: World Diabetes Day.

TUESDAY, November 15:

Afghanistan: The Asia Foundation releases the results of the 2011 national survey in Afghanistan.

Armenia: Yerevan mayoral election to be held.

Belarus: U.S. Helsinki Commission holds a hearing on Belarus.

EU/Azerbaijan: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton visits Baku.

Poland: Wroclaw hosts a trilateral summit of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, German President Christian Wulff, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Iran: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad attends the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Doha, Qatar.

World: The Heritage Foundation in Washington holds a discussion titled "Legacies and Lessons from the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the USSR."

World: World marks the 30th annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

WEDNESDAY, November 16:

Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai expected to convene a Loya Jirga in Kabul.

Azerbaijan: Amnesty International publishes its report on freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.

EU/Armenia/Georgia: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton visits Tbilisi and Yerevan (to November 17).

UN: International Day for Tolerance.

THURSDAY, November 17:

Armenia/Georgia: Armenian-Georgian intergovernmental economic committee forum is expected to begin in Tbilisi.

EU/Georgia: The vice president of the European Commission responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, pays an official visit to Tbilisi (to November 18).

EU/Russia: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton participates at the Permanent Partnership Council of the Foreign Ministers in Moscow (to November 18).

World: International Students' Day.

FRIDAY, November 18:

Moldova: Moldovan parliament is scheduled to try to elect a new president. (NOTE: Moldova is likely to postpone the election).

Russia: Presidents of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan meet in Moscow to discuss current issues of integration in the Eurasian region.

Russia/France: French Prime Minister Francois Fillon visits Moscow to attend a meeting of the Russian-French Intergovernmental Commission.

SATURDAY, November 19:

Russia: Russia marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.

Russia: St. Petersburg host a forum of nongovernmental organizations of the northern European countries and Russia (to November 21).

SUNDAY, November 20:

UN: Universal Children's Day.

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