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The Week Ahead: January 27 - February 2

January 28: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
January 28: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
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, January 27:

Council of Europe: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) winter session opens in Strasbourg (to January 31).

Georgia/Israel: Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili visits Jerusalem (to January 28).

Iran: A group of prominent former diplomats, known as "the elders," visits Tehran to boost dialogue between Iran and the international community.

Kazakhstan/Lithuania: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visits Vilnius.

NATO: Release of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report for 2013.

Russia: The Moscow City Court resumes hearings into the murder of Russian investigative reporter and human rights campaigner Anna Politkovskaya.

Russia: The 70th anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad.

Serbia/Kosovo: The Belgrade-Pristina dialogue resumes in Brussels, with mediation by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

UN: International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

TUESDAY, January 28:

EU/Russia: Russian President Putin visits Brussels to attend the 32nd Russia-European Union summit.

Kazakhstan/Hungary: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visits Budapest (to January 29).

Turkey/Iran: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Tehran (to January 29).

Ukraine: An extraordinary session of Ukrainian parliament opens in Kyiv.

Ukraine/EU: A delegation of the European Parliament visits Kiev for talks amid ongoing protests spreading across Ukraine (to January 30).

U.S.: George Washington University hosts a discussion titled "Breaking the News: The Role of Authoritarian State-Run Media."

U.S.: President Barack Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address.

WEDNESDAY, January 29:

EU/Ukraine: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is scheduled to visit Kyiv.

Kazakhstan/Latvia: Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov visits Riga.

THURSDAY, January 30:

EU/Latvia: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visits Riga.

FRIDAY, January 31:

Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Mammad Amin Rasulzade, the founder of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1918.

Balkans: The 20th anniversary of beginning of the RFE/RL broadcasting to countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Germany: The 50th Munich Security Conference opens (to February 2).

Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to attend the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

World: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) releases new data on international arms production.

SATURDAY, February 1:

Iran: Tehran hosts the Fajr International Film Festival (to February 11).

UN: World Interfaith Harmony Week (to February 7).

SUNDAY, February 2:

Moldova: Autonomous Moldovan region of Gagauzia holds referendum, although a Moldovan court ruled that doing so is unconstitutional.

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