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The Week Ahead: December 5-11

December 10 - Human Rights Day.
December 10 - Human Rights Day.
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, December 5:

Afghanistan: The International Afghanistan Conference, aimed to set the course for Afghanistan’s future, opens in Bonn.

Georgia: The first preliminary hearing into the case of Bidzina Ivanishvili's request to restore his Georgian citizenship.

Macedonia/Greece: The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, delivers its judgment in a dispute between Greece and Macedonia.

Pakistan: The Brookings Institution in Washington hosts two panel discussions on the future of Pakistan.

Russia: The international observers monitoring the State Duma elections in the Russian Federation present their preliminary post-election statement at a news conference in Moscow.

U.S./EU: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins a five-day European trip which includes Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands (to December 9).

World: International Volunteer Day.

TUESDAY, December 6:

Azerbaijan/Pakistan: Baku hosts a meeting of Azerbaijan-Pakistan intergovernmental commission.

Belarus/U.S.: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet with Belarussian civil society representatives in Vilnius.

Iraq: United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington facilitates a discussion titled "Women Fighting for Peace in Iraq."

OSCE: Vilnius hosts the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting (to December 7).

Uzbekistan: The Internet conference USENET//2011 opens in Tashkent (to December 7).

WEDNESDAY, December 7:

Armenia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian participates in the 20th Congress of the European People's Party (EPP) in Marseille (to December 8).

Belarus: Brussels hosts an expert forum to discuss the European Union’s policies on Belarus in the context of the latest developments in the country.

NATO: NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs meet at NATO Headquarters in Brussels (to December 8).

Russia/Czech Republic: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits Prague (to December 8).

UN: International Civil Aviation Day.

THURSDAY, December 8:

Armenia/Lebanon: Lebanese President Michel Suleiman pays an official visit to Armenia.

EU: The European Council opens in Brussels to discuss economic policy, energy, and enlargement issues (to December 9).

Russia/NATO: The Russia-NATO Council's ambassadorial meeting begins in Brussels to focus on missile defense and arms control.

FRIDAY, December 9:

Croatia: The EU Accession Treaty with Croatia to be signed at a ceremony in Brussels.

UN: International Anti-Corruption Day.

World: The World Policy Conference to hold discussion on the Arab spring and global governance in Vienna.

SATURDAY, December 10:

Russia: The left-centrist A Just Russia party holds its congress.

UN: Human Rights Day.

Wolrd: Nobel Peace Prize to be presented in Oslo.

SUNDAY, December 11:

Moldova: Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdniester is holding a presidential election.

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