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The Week Ahead: March 12-18

March 16-19: Paris Book Fair 2012 opens, with Moscow as the guest-of-honor city.
March 16-19: Paris Book Fair 2012 opens, with Moscow as the guest-of-honor city.
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 12:

Afghanistan: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with German troops at a base near the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif.

Azerbaijan: Croatian President Ivo Josipovic visits Baku (to March 13).

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Human Rights Watch publishes a report titled “Justice For Atrocity Crimes: Lessons Of International Support For Trials Before The State Court Of Bosnia-Herzegovina.”

Iran: Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev visits Tehran, meets with his Iranian counterpart Ahmad Vahidi.

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyz government delegation, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Gulnara Asymbekova, visits Georgia.

Middle East: The Quartet of Middle East negotiators -- the United States, Russia, the UN and EU -- meet in New York to discuss the long-stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Russia: Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) to consider for approval the report by Marieluise Beck on the situation of IDPs and returnees in the North Caucasus region.

Turkmenistan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov visits Ukraine to discuss gas deal (to March 14).

UN: Fifty-fifth session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs opens in Vienna (to March 16).

World: Reporters Without Borders publishes its list of the enemies of the Internet, marking the World Day Against Cybercensorship.

World: The World Water Forum opens in Marseille bringing together stakeholders from all over the world in the water sector.

TUESDAY, March 13:

Council of Europe: PACE monitoring committee to discuss Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, and Ukraine.

WEDNESDAY, March 14:

Council of Europe: PACE holds hearing in connection with the report by Andreas Gross on the crisis of democracy and the role of the state in today’s Europe.

EU: European Parliament considers enlargement reports on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, holds debates on Kazakhstan and on the outcome of the presidential election in Russia (to March 15).

Iran: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is expected to attend questioning session at the parliament in Tehran.

THURSDAY, March 15:

EU: The 14th edition of the European Consumer Day to be held in Copenhagen and focus on sustainable consumption.

Serbia: Belgrade hosts the 12th Council of Europe conference of ministers responsible for sport.

U.S./Iran: U.S. State Department spokesman for Iran Alan Eyre is scheduled to hold an online Q&A session.

U.S.: Middle East Institute in Washington holds a discussion titled "Why Does Russia Support The Assad Regime?"

U.S.: The George Washington University in Washington holds a discussion on Ukraine.

FRIDAY, March 16:

Moldova: Moldovan parliament expected to try to elect a new president.

U.S.: The George Washington University in Washington holds a discussion titled "Russia's Energy Policy: Domestic And Foreign Dimensions."

U.S.: Center for American Progress in Washington holds a discussion titled "Ending The Iraq War And Strengthening U.S. National Security."

World: Paris Book Fair 2012 opens, with Moscow as the guest-of-honor city (to March 19).

SATURDAY, March 17:

Pakistan: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari holds joint session of parliament in Islamabad.

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