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The Week Ahead: March 19-25

March 21: International Nowruz Day.
March 21: International Nowruz Day.
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, March 19:

Belarus: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka pays a working visit to Moscow.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, visits Sarajevo to present a paper on postwar justice in the former Yugoslavia.

Iran: Atlantic Council in Washington hosts a public briefing on the dynamics of Iran's internal politics.

Moldova/U.S.: Moldovan Foreign Minister Iurie Leanca visits Washington (to March 20).

Russia: The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Jakob Kellenberger meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Russia: Moscow hosts the meeting of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) at the level of heads of state.

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays a working visit to Russia (to March 20).

U.S./Russia: Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington hosts a discussion on the current state of affairs in Internet governance and cybersecurity in Russia.

TUESDAY, March 20:

Afghanistan/UN: UN Security Council holds a debate on the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

CIS: 4th Russia and CIS Summit on Anticorruption opens in Moscow.

Council of Europe: Council of Europe's anticorruption group meets in Strasbourg (to March 23).

EU: European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting begins in Brussels (to March 22).

Iran: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmud Ahmadinejad address the nation on the eve of the Persian New Year.

Moldova: European Court of Human Rights issues a judgment concerning Moldova.

Council of Europe: PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination holds debates on racial discrimination and Muslim women in Europe.

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat hosts regular talks on Caspian Sea status.

WEDNESDAY, March 21:

Bosnia-Herzegovina/EU: Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic meets with EU President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels.

Pakistan: Pakistan's Supreme Court resumes hearings in contempt case against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad.

Russia/Germany/Poland: Foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov, Guido Westerwelle, Radoslaw Sikorski hold an informal meeting in Berlin.

UN: International Nowruz Day.

UN: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

UNESCO: World Poetry Day.

THURSDAY, March 22:

Afghanistan/UN: The UN Security Council considers adoption of a resolution on the UN mission in Afghanistan.

EU: EU defense ministers meet within the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels (to March 23).

Ukraine: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov pays a visit to Belarus. (NOTE: The visit has reportedly been postponed).

FRIDAY, March 23:

EU/U.S.: The 7th annual Brussels Forum, a high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European thinkers, opens (to March 25).

Moldova: Inauguration of President-elect Nicolae Timofti to be held in Chisinau.

Montenegro: Montenegrin Prime Minister Igor Luksic meets with EU President Herman Van Rompuy in Brussels.

Pakistan: Republic Day.

SATURDAY, March 24:

Georgia: Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia holds second-round runoff vote of parliamentary elections.

Iran/Tajikistan: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Dushanbe (to March 26).

World: World TB Day.

SUNDAY, March 25:

Europe: Daylight Savings Time begins.

Georgia: Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia holds presidential election.

UN: The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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