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The Week Ahead: December 3-9

December 9: International Anti-Corruption Day.
December 9: International Anti-Corruption 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, December 3:

Azerbaijan: Baku hosts the 2012 Rostropovich International Music Festival.

Balkans: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) continues Goran Hadzic, Mladic Ratko, and Radovan Karadzic trials in The Hague.

Czech Republic: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Prague.

Moldova/Poland: Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski visits Chisinau.

Pakistan/EU/NATO: Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar visits NATO headquarters and the European Parliament in Brussels.

Russia/Turkey: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Istanbul.

Ukraine: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Ukraine after the Elections."

UN: Global dialogue on the impact of businesses on human rights starts in Geneva (to December 5).

UN: International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

World: The UN's conference on international telecommunications opens in Dubai (to December 14).

TUESDAY, December 4:

EU: EU Commissioner Stefan Fuele participates in meeting with Eastern Neighborhood Policy senior officials in Brussels.

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek hosts the 11th prime ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (to December 5).

Kyrgyzstan/China: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits Bishkek (to December 5).

Moldova/EU: Molodvan Parliament Speaker Marian Lupu is scheduled to visit Brussels (to December 5).

NATO: NATO foreign ministerial meetings open in Brussels (to December 5).

Russia: Winner of the Russian Booker literature prize to be announced.

Russia/NATO: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov holds talks with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.

WEDNESDAY, December 5:

Balkans: Friends of Europe’s annual European Policy Summit on the Balkans opens in Brussels.

Belarus/EU: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with representatives of the human rights group Vyasna from Belarus.

Czech Republic: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Prague.

EU/Afghanistan: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton meets with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul in Brussels.

Georgia: Trial of former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili to be held in Tbilisi.

Kyrgyzstan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Averting Violence in Kyrgyzstan: Understanding and Responding to Nationalism."

Turkmenistan/CIS: Ashgabat hosts a meeting of the Council of the Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

UN: International Volunteer Day.

World: Transparency International publishes its annual Corruption Perceptions Index report.

THURSDAY, December 6:

EU/Armenia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets the Prosperous Armenia Party leadership in Brussels.

Iraq: International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition opens in Basra (to December 9).

OSCE: 19th OSCE Ministerial Council opens in Dublin (to December 7).

Russia/China: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits Moscow.

FRIDAY, December 7:

Kyrgyzstan: British court hearing in the case of Maksim Bakiev, the son of Kyrgyzstan's deposed president, to be held in London.

Russia: Gazprom begins construction of its South Stream gas pipeline to Europe.

Pakistan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Pakistan: Past Perspectives, Future Challenges."

SUNDAY, December 9:

UN: International Anti-Corruption Day.

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