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The Week Ahead: March 5-11

March 8 - International Women's Day.
March 8 - International Women's Day.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, March 5:

Armenia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian visits Brussels, meets with NATO Secretary-General Andres Forg Rasmussen, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, and Chairman of the European Parliament Martin Schulz (March 7).

Azerbaijan: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in Baku.

Belarus: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Minsk (to March 7).

Russia: The international observers monitoring the presidential election in Russia present their preliminary postelection statement at a news conference in Moscow.

EU/Eastern Partnership: The ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership countries meet in Prague.

IAEA: Vienna hosts the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting (to March 9).

Czech Republic: A book about Vaclav Havel, written by his former spokesman Ladislav Spacek, to be released in Prague.

NATO: Monthly press briefing by NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Turkey/OIC: Istanbul hosts a meeting of the Islamic Conference of Ministers responsible for Water (to March 6).

TUESDAY, March 6:

Czech Republic: The 14th One World International Human Rights Film Festival opens, focusing on documentaries highlighting protests, unrest, and revolt in various parts of the world (to March 15).

Georgia/Azerbaijan: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili pays an official visit to Azerbaijan (to March 7).

World: The world's largest computer fair opens in Hannover (to March 10).

U.S./Russia: Hudson Institute in Washington hosts a discussion of the meaning of the Russian election results and what they signal for the future of Russia and its relations with the United States.

U.S./Pakistan: New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program along with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty host a discussion on Pakistan featuring Daud Khattak, senior editor for RFE/RL's Pakistan service, Radio Mashaal.


Azerbaijan: The Azerbaijani, Turkish, and Iranian foreign ministers are planning to meet in Nakhichevan.

EU: The European Parliament hosts a seminar titled "Life After The Soviet Union" in Brussels.

EU/Russia: The EP Delegation for EU-Russia Parliamentary cooperation committee to exchange views after the presidential election in Russia with Lilia Shibanova, head of the election observation organization Golos; Nikolay Petrov, chairman of the Carnegie Center Moscow; and Stefanie Schiffer, European Exchange Berlin.

Pakistan: The Supreme Court of Pakistan holds a hearing in the case of Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani.

Pakistan: Carnegie Endowment in Washington holds a discussion on the economic outlook for Pakistan.

World: The Military Balance 2012, the annual assessment of the military capabilities and defense economics of 170 countries to be launched in London.

U.S./Russia: The Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) holds a discussion to explore the political, economic, and foreign policy implications of the election in Russia.

THURSDAY, March 8:

World: International Women's Day.

FRIDAY, March 9:

EU: Informal foreign affairs council opens in Copenhagen (to March 10).

SATURDAY, March 10:

Georgia: Parliamentary elections in the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

SUNDAY, March 11:

EU: European Day for Victims of Terrorism.

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