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The Week Ahead: August 20-26

August 26-31: Stockholm hosts World Water Week 2012, themed "Water and Food Security."
August 26-31: Stockholm hosts World Water Week 2012, themed "Water and Food Security."
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, August 20:

Afghanistan/U.S.: The top U.S. military officer Martin Dempsey visits Afghanistan to hold meetings with U.S.-led coalition and Afghan officers.

Georgia/OSCE: The delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE, led by Riccardo Migliori, visits Georgia (to August 22).

Russia/Finland: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Helsinki.

Ukraine: Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov visits Kyiv.

TUESDAY, August 21:

Balkans: The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic resumes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

Balkans: Closing arguments to be made in the case of Bosnian Serb ex-general Zdravko Tolimir, who commanded Ratko Mladic’s army in the Bosnian war.

Belarus: A technical group of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE/ODIHR) is scheduled to arrive in Minsk.

Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev pays a state visit to Bishkek, attends the Turkish Speaking States Cooperation Council (to August 23).

Russia/Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet members of a Syrian delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Kadri Jamil.

WEDNESDAY, August 22:

Armenia/Iran: The two countries begin the construction of Meghri hydroelectric power plant over the Aras River, which forms the common border between the countries.

Azerbaijan/Kyrgyzstan: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visits Bishkek to attend the Turkish Speaking States Cooperation Council meeting (to August 23).

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek hosts the meeting of the Turkish Speaking States Cooperation Council (to August 23).

Moldova/Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel pays an official state visit to Chisinau, which makes her the first German Chancellor to visit the country since it gained independence in 1991.

Russia/WTO: Russia joins the World Trade Organization as its 156th member.

Russia: National Flag Day.

THURSDAY, August 23:

Armenia/Israel: A delegation led by the Israeli Information Minister Yuli Edelstein visits Yerevan.

Tajikistan/Turkmenistan: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon pays an official visit to Turkmenistan (to August 24).

UN: International day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

World: Remembrance day for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

FRIDAY, August 24:

Belarus: OSCE/ODIHR observers are expected to arrive in Belarus.

Ukraine: Independence Day.

SATURDAY, August 25:

Russia: Moscow hosts the Russia’s Council of Muftis meeting.

SUNDAY, August 26:

Iran: Tehran hosts the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement.

World: Stockholm hosts World Water Week 2012, themed "Water and Food Security."

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