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The Week Ahead: January 20-26

January 22-25: Switzerland hosts the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.
January 22-25: Switzerland hosts the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.
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 20:

Balkans: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to review and vote on the 2013 progress reports on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Montenegro (to January 21).

Belarus/China: Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich visits China (to January 23).

Georgia/Turkey: Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili makes an official visit to Ankara (to January 21).

EU: The EU Foreign Affairs Council opens in Brussels.

Iran: A nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is scheduled to enter into force.

Iraq/EU: The first EU-Iraq Cooperation Council, co-chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas, opens in Brussels.

World: Abu Dhabi holds the World Future Energy Summit (to January 22).

TUESDAY, January 21:

EU: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels is scheduled to discuss Iraq, the Eastern Partnership, the EU strategy towards Iran.

EU/Serbia: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic visits Brussels for the formal start of the country’s European Union membership talks.

EU/Turkey: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Brussels for talks with EU officials.

IMF: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) releases its outlook for the world economy.

Uzbekistan: European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Patricia Flor visits Tashkent (to January 23).

World: Human Rights Watch publishes its annual World Report.

World: The International Labor Organization (ILO) publishes its annual report on global employment trends 2014.

WEDNESDAY, January 22:

EU/Russia: The European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights holds a public hearing on the human rights situation in Russia.

Syria: International peace conference on Syria is scheduled to begin in Montreux and then move to Geneva (to January 24).

Russia/NATO: Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attends the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels.

NATO: Brussels hosts the NATO Chiefs of Defense meeting (to January 23).

World: Switzerland hosts the World Economic Forum summit in Davos (to January 25).

U.S./Russia: The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup host in Washington a research briefing on media use in Russia.

THURSDAY, January 23:

Moldova: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Chisinau.

Russia: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva is scheduled to review Russia (January 24).

Ukraine: Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko is planning to attend the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

U.S./Iraq: The Brookings Institution in Washington hosts a conversation with Iraqi Council of Representatives speaker Usama al-Nujayfi to discuss the current crisis in Iraq.

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

FRIDAY, January 24:

Culture: The Goteborg Film Festival opens with an extensive focus on Russia (to February 3).

Iran: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosts an extraordinary meeting to discuss Iran's nuclear freeze.

Russia/Tajikistan: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov visits Dushanbe.

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