Accessibility links

Breaking News

The Week Ahead: January 13-19

January 17: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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, January 13:

EU: The European Parliament's plenary session opens in Strasbourg (to January 16).

Turkmenistan: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal visits Ashgabat (to January 15).

U.S./Iran: The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and the non-profit Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) host a briefing on Capitol Hill titled "A Report From Inside Iran With Robin Wright."

U.S./Russia: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet in Paris to discuss the Iranian role in Syrian peace talks.

TUESDAY, January 14:

Hungary/Russia: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

Ukraine: 20th anniversary of the Trilateral Agreement between Ukraine, Russia, and the United States under which Ukraine agreed to transfer all former Soviet strategic nuclear warheads to Russia for dismantlement.

U.S./Iraq: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Governance and Stability in Iraq."

World: Heritage Foundation and "The Wall Street Journal" release their annual Index of Economic Freedom.

WEDNESDAY, January 15:

Kyrgyzstan: Mayoral elections in Kyrgyzstan's two biggest cities, Bishkek and Osh.

Middle East: Kuwait hosts the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria.
Russia: Moscow hosts a conference titled "Russia and the World: Sustainable Development" within the framework of the Gaidar Forum (to January 18).

UK/Pakistan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Pakistan: Implications of the Afghanistan Drawdown."

THURSDAY, January 16:

Iran: The 35th anniversary of the departure of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi from Iran.

U.S.: Sundance Film Festival opens in Park City, Utah (to January 26).

World: World Economic Forum releases its annual Global Risks Report.

FRIDAY, January 17:

Asia: India hosts the Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Sarajevo.

Russia/U.S.: A delegation led by the Russian Foreign Ministry’s commissioner for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, is scheduled to visit the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

About This Blog

Written by RFE/RL editors and correspondents, Transmission serves up news, comment, and the odd silly dictator story. While our primary concern is with foreign policy, Transmission is also a place for the ideas -- some serious, some irreverent -- that bubble up from our bureaus. The name recognizes RFE/RL's role as a surrogate broadcaster to places without free media. You can write us at

Latest Posts