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The Week Ahead: January 14-20

January 17 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Konstantin Stanislavsky, a Russian actor, theater director, teacher, and co-founder of the famous Moscow Art Theater.
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, January 14:

Azerbaijan/Norway: Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide visits Baku.

Croatia/EU: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic in Brussels.

Georgia/Latvia: Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze starts her official visit to Riga.

EU: European Parliament plenary session opens in Strasbourg (to January 17).

EU: Brussels hosts an annual meeting with the EU delegations from European Neighborhood countries with the participation of EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele.

Moldova/Poland: A delegation of the Polish Sejm visits Chisinau (to January 15).

Pakistan: An influential Pakistani imam and thousands of his supporters are due to reach Islamabad as part of a protest march to demand sweeping election reforms.

U.S./Russia: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Anti-Extremism Policies in Russia and How they Work in Practice."

TUESDAY, January 15:

Belarus: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka holds press conference for local and foreign media in Minsk.

Eastern Europe: Vienna hosts the 18th annual Central and Eastern European Forum to debate the outlook for Central and Eastern European economies.

Georgia/Czech Republic: Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze visits Prague.

NATO/Afghanistan: Germany hosts a senior executive seminar on Central Asia after ISAF transition in Afghanistan (to January 23).

Pakistan/UN: Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar presides over the counterterrorism debate at the United Nations Security Council in New York.

UK/Iraq: The International Institute For Strategic Studies in London hosts a discussion titled "Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism."

U.S./Turkmenistan: U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake visits Ashgabat.

World: World Bank launches the latest biannual Global Economic Prospects report.

World: Abu Dhabi hosts the International Water Summit 2013 (to January 17).

World: Abu Dhabi hosts the World Future Energy Summit 2013 (to January 17).

WEDNESDAY, January 16:

Iran/IAEA: Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resume negotiations in Tehran.

NATO: The 168th NATO Chiefs of Defense meeting opens in Brussels (to January 17).

Russia: Moscow hosts a conference titled "Russia in the World: Challenges of Integration" within the framework of the Gaidar Forum (to January 19).

Russia/NATO: A Russian delegation headed by General Staff Chief Col. Valery Gerasimov visits Brussels to discuss Russian-NATO military cooperation (to January 17).

Russia/Tajikistan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Dushanbe.

U.S./Kyrgyzstan: U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake visits Bishkek.

World: Freedom House releases its annual Freedom in the World report.

THURSDAY, January 17:

Georgia/Armenia: Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili visits Yerevan, meets with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian.

OECD/Russia: OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria pays an official visit to Moscow (to January 18).

Russia: The 150th anniversary of the birth of Konstantin Stanislavsky, whose teachings shaped modern acting, particularly in Russia and the United States.

Serbia: Serbian city of Nis hosts an event that launches the marking of 1,700 years of the Edict of Milan.

Serbia/Kosovo: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovar counterpart Hashim Thaci hold a meeting in Brussels.

Ukraine: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara presents priorities of Ukraine's OSCE Chairmanship at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

U.S.: Sundance Film Festival opens in Salt Lake City, Utah (to January 27).

U.S./Uzbekistan: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Permanently Besieged: Agrarian Uzbeks and the Conundrum of Independence."

FRIDAY, January 18:

Kazakhstan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev meets with representatives of foreign diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Kazakhstan.

Ukraine: The court hearing of a case against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to be held in Kharkiv.

SUNDAY, January 20:

Georgia/Russia: Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Ilia II visits Moscow (to January 21).

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