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The Week Ahead: January 30 - February 5

February 4: Opposition supporters plan to hold a rally in Moscow and other Russian cities.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, January 30:

Armenia: EU Special Representative on South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Phillip Lefort visits Yerevan.

EU: European leaders gather in Brussels for a summit focusing on the EU's financial troubles.

Georgia/U.S.: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Iran: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts visit Iran (to January 31).

Iran/Oman: Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi visits Muscat to hold talks with senior officials of the Persian Gulf country.

Kazakhstan: Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov pays first official visit to the United States.

Russia: Moscow hosts the first APEC senior officials' meeting and more than 20 related meetings.

TUESDAY, January 31:

Azerbaijan: PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by Azerbaijan make a fact-finding visit to Baku and Guba (to February 2).

EU: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee to exchange views on Kosovo, Armenia, and Azerbaijan in Brussels.

Middle East: The 2012 Herzliya Conference, titled “In the Eye of Storms: Israel and the Middle East," opens in Israel (to February 2).

Kazakhstan: The Atlantic Council hosts a conference titled “Twenty Years of Kazakhstan's Independence and U.S.-Kazakhstan Relations” in Washington.

WEDNESDAY, February 1:

Azerbaijan: A European Parliament delegation visits Baku.

EU: The European Parliament to hold debates on Russia and Iran and is scheduled to pass a resolution on Iranian nuclear program (to February 2).

Iran: The 30th Fajr International Film Festival opens in Tehran (to February 11).

Pakistan/Afghanistan: Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar visits Kabul.

Russia: A website set up for live streaming from polling stations during the Match 4 presidential election to be officialy launched.

UN: The World Interfaith Harmony Week (to February 7).

THURSDAY, February 2:

NATO: NATO defense ministers hold a meeting in Brussels to discuss the situation in Afghanistan (to February 3).

FRIDAY, February 3:

Balkans: Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, Serbian President Boris Tadic, and the members of Bosnia's state Presidency meet on Mount Jahorina near Sarajevo.

World: Senior figures from around the world attend the 48th Munich Security Conference to discuss current and future security challenges (to February 5).

SATURDAY, February 4:

World: World Cancer Day.

Russia: A mass opposition protest is planned to be held in Moscow and other Russian cities a month ahead of the presidential election.

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