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The Week Ahead: May 13-19

May 19: The U.S. and Iranian wrestling teams face in an exhibition match in Los Angeles.
May 19: The U.S. and Iranian wrestling teams face in an exhibition match in Los Angeles.
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 13:

Azerbaijan/Austria: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev travels to Vienna for an official visit.

Belarus/Armenia: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka visits Yerevan to meet with Armenia's leadership.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: UN Special Rapporteur Farida Shaheed visits Sarajevo to assess the country’s implementation of cultural rights (to May 24).

EU: European finance ministers meet in Brussels (to May 14).

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek holds a week against homophobia and transphobia.

Norway: Hundreds of world's most influential people meet at the fifth annual Oslo Freedom Forum to promote free and open societies (to May 15).

UK/Ukraine: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Ukraine's Foreign Policy Priorities."

U.S./Afghanistan: Center for Strategic and International Studies presents the "Building on Progress in Afghanistan: 2014 and Beyond" forum in Washington.

U.S./Russia: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Enforcing Laws on Human Trafficking in Russia."

U.S./UK: U.S. President Barack Obama meets British Prime Minister David Cameron in the White House.

TUESDAY, May 14:

Balkans/Turkey: Ankara hosts a trilateral summit among presidents of Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Turkey (to May 15).

Middle East: Arab Media Forum begins its work in Dubai (to May 15).

NATO: NATO chiefs of defense meeting takes place in Brussels (to May 15).

U.S.: Two Kazakh students appear in court to face charges of obstructing the investigation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

U.S./Russia: Carnegie Endowment in Washington hosts a panel discussion titled "North Caucasus Under the Spotlight."


Belarus/Vietnam: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung travels to Minsk to meet with his counterpart, Mikhail Myasnikovich (to May 17).

EU/Georgia: European Policy Center in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "Political Reforms in Georgia: Challenges and Perspective in the Transition Period."

EU/Iran: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meets Iran's nuclear negotiator Said Jalili in Istanbul, aiming to resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

EU: European Business Summit opens in Brussels (to May 16).

Iran/IAEA: Negotiations between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran take place in Vienna.

Russia: Trial of Russian opposition activist Aleksei Navalny resumes in Kirov.

Russia: Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin's mausoleum in Red Square reopens to public after being closed for half a year.

Russia: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attends International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg (to May 18).

Sweden: Swedish city of Kiruna hosts a ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council, which consists of the eight Arctic countries: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.

UN: International Day of Families.

U.S./Iran: U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee holds hearings on Iran.


EU/Ukraine: The European Policy Center in Brussels hosts an event titled "EU-Ukraine: Prospects for the Vilnius Summit."

Germany: Academic scholars and decision makers come together at the Munich Economic Summit to discuss important European issues (to May 17).

Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan: Bishkek hosts a Kyrgyz-Tajik intergovernmental commission meeting (to May 16).

U.S./Turkey: U.S. President Obama meets with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Washington.

FRIDAY, May 17:

Armenia/Azerbaijan: Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian meets his Azerbaijani counterpart, Elmar Mammadyarov, in Krakow, Poland.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Sarajevo Business Forum opens.

EU/Poland: Foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group countries meet in Krakow.

EU/Poland: Eastern Partnership ministerial council meeting begins in Krakow (to May 18).

World: International Day Against Homophobia.


Armenia/CoE: Armenia assumes the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

World: Grand Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

World: International Museum Day.

SUNDAY, May 19:

Croatia: Local elections.

U.S./Iran: The U.S. and Iranian wrestling teams face in an exhibition match in Los Angeles.

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