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The Week Ahead: May 20-26

May 25: International Missing Children's Day.
May 25: International Missing Children's 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, May 20:

Afghanistan/India: Afghan President Hamid Karzai pays a visit to India (to May 22).

Africa: Addis Ababa hosts the Summit of the African Union (to May 27).

Azerbaijan/Russia: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov visits Moscow (to May 21).

EU: European Parliament holds its plenary session in Strasbourg (to May 23).

Georgia: Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze visits Japan (to May 24).

Kyrgystan: UN human rights senior official Ivan Simonovic conducts his first-ever mission to Central Asia, starting in Kyrgystan.

Russia/CoE: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Secretary-General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland in Sochi.

Russia: Trial of opposition leader and anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny resumes in the central Russian city of Kirov.

Russia/U.S.: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev visits the United States to deliver a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama from Russia President Vladimir Putin (to May 21).

U.S.: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry releases the State Department's annual report on International Religious Freedom for 2012.

World: Global conference on international current affairs, the Doha Forum 2013, opens in Qatar (to May 22).

World: The 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS.

TUESDAY, May 21:

Iran: Iran's Guardian Council is expected to announce the final list of eligible candidates for the June 14 presidential election.

Kazakhstan/OSCE: Military representatives from Belarus, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan meet in Astana to discuss developments in the field of confidence- and security-building measures (to May 24).

Serbia/Kosovo: The prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo are scheduled to meet in Brussels.

Tajikistan: UN human rights senior official Ivan Simonovic visits Tajikistan (to May 22).

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat hosts the Turkmenistan Gas Congress 2013 (to May 22).

UN: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

U.S.: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to the Middle East and Africa (to May 26).


Armenia/Syria: Regular flights between Armenia and Syria are expected to resume.

Azerbaijan: The Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Nils Muiznieks, visits Baku (to May 25).

China/Pakistan: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang visits Pakistan (to May 23).

EU: Brussels hosts a European Council meeting.

Iraq: Abu Dhabi hosts a conference titled "Iraq Energy 2013/2014: Business and Investment Opportunities in Iraq's Oil and Gas Sectors" (to May 23).

Kazakhstan: The Astana Economic Forum opens (to May 24).

UN: International Day for Biological Diversity.


Kazakhstan/OSCE: Almaty hosts the fourth Central Asian Internet Development Forum (to May 24).

Moldova: Representatives from Russia, Ukraine, the United States, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as Moldova and Transdniester, meet in the so-called 5+2 format in Odesa (May 24).

U.S./Iran: Wilson Center hosts a discussion titled "Iran: The Battle for the Presidency."

World: Istanbul hosts the 38th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and an international forum in the framework of the congress (to May 27).

World: Amnesty International publishes its annual report of the global state of human rights.

FRIDAY, May 24:

Armenia: The Armenian opposition Heritage Party plans to hold a series of rallies at Yerevan’s Liberty Square seven days in a row (to May 30).

Balkans: Dublin hosts a conference titled "EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - 10 Years after Thessaloniki," organized by the Irish Presidency of the EU.

Serbia/Russia: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to sign a strategic-partnership agreement in Sochi.

Turkmenistan: UN human rights senior official Ivan Simonovic visits Turkmenistan (to May 25).

WEF: World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2013 opens in Jordan (to May 26).


Caucasus: Azerbaijani town of Qabala hosts the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey business forum.

ICTY: The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) marks the 20th anniversary of its establishment.

World: International Missing Children's Day.

SUNDAY, May 26:

Georgia: Independence Day.

Uzbekistan: UN human rights senior official Ivan Simonovic visits Uzbekistan (to May 29).

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