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The Week Ahead: May 6-12

Pakistan -- An election poster rolls off a printing machine as the country gears up for general elections, in Peshawar, 26Mar2013
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, May 6:

Azerbaijan: The world’s largest forum of former democratic presidents and prime ministers, the Club of Madrid, holds its South Caucasus Forum in Baku (to May 8).

Azerbaijan/OSCE: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on South Caucasus Joao Soares visits Baku (to May 7).

Estonia/Tajikistan: Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip visits Dushanbe (to May 9).

Kazakhstan/U.S.: Kazakh Senate delegation makes a working trip to Washington and New York.

Russia: Russian opposition holds a protest rally on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square.

Ukraine/U.S.: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara visits the United States (to May 9).

U.S./Iraq: United States Institute of Peace in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Amidst Iraq's Turmoil: What Can We Do?"


Georgia/OSCE: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on South Caucasus Joao Soares visits Tbilisi (to May 9).

Iran: Official registration of candidates for Iran's upcoming presidential election starts.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin holds meeting to assess implementation of the decrees he issued at the beginning of his presidential term last year.

Russia/U.S.: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (to May 8).

U.S./Russia: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Putin's First Year in His Third Term: What Happened? What's Next?"

U.S./Pakistan: Days before the election, Carnegie Endowment holds a discussion titled "Pakistan's General Election 2013: Stakes and Prospects."


Global: World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

U.S./Afghanistan: New America Foundation in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Auditing Afghanistan."


Armenia/OSCE: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on South Caucasus Joao Soares visits Yerevan.

EU: Europe Day celebrates peace and unity in Europe.

Russia: Annual Victory Day Parade takes place on Moscow's Red Square.

FRIDAY, May 10:

Turkmenistan/Kazakhstan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov pays an official visit to Astana (to May 11).

UK/G8: The British Foreign Secretary William Hague hosts his counterparts from the G8 countries in London (to May 11).


Pakistan: General elections.

Russia: The third G20 Sherpas' Meeting begins in St. Petersburg (to May 12).

SUNDAY, May 12:

Ukraine: The 6th Europe-Ukraine Forum opens in Budapest (to May 14).

World: International Nurse's Day.

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