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The Week Ahead: April 28 - May 4

May 3: World Press Freedom Day.
May 3: World Press Freedom Day.
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, April 28:

Azerbaijan: Baku hosts the second Global Shared Societies Forum.

Hungary: Budapest hosts a Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership countries foreign ministers meeting (to April 29).

Kazakhstan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev delivers a lecture on Eurasian integration at Moscow State University.

Macedonia: The international observers monitoring the early parliamentary elections and the second round of the presidential election in Macedonia present their preliminary post-election statement at a press conference in Skopje.

Moldova: Moldovans start visa-free travel to the Schengen zone.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin and members of the Russian parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, meet in Petrozavodsk to discuss Crimea's integration into Russia.

Serbia/EU: European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visits Belgrade to meet with Serbia's new government and address the parliament.

UK/Afghanistan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Afghanistan Elections, Media & Evolving Political Landscape."

U.S.: Holocaust Remembrance Day.

TUESDAY, April 29:

Armenia: Armenia is expected to sign the Customs Union accession agreement.

Azerbaijan/Israel: Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman visits Baku.

Belarus: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, and Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka attend a Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting in Minsk.

Turkmenistan: Croatian President Ivo Josipovic visits Ashgabat (to April 30).

UK/Ukraine: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Norway, NATO and the Crisis in Ukraine."

U.S.: Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States."

World: International Dance Day.

WEDNESDAY, April 30:

Iraq: Parliamentary elections.

Pakistan: Amnesty International publishes its report on attacks on journalists in Pakistan.

Pakistan/UK: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits London (to May 2).

World: International Jazz Day.


EU: The 10th anniversary of the biggest round of EU enlargement, with the accession of ten countries.

Germany: NATO and partner-nation forces hold a major exercise at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels training areas in southeastern Germany (to June 30).

U.S./Kyrgyzstan: The Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Revolution and Art in Kyrgyzstan."

U.S./Pakistan: Heritage Foundation in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Understanding Islamic Parties, Political Violence, and Extremism in Pakistan."

U.S./Russia: The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) hosts a discussion titled "The Ukraine Crisis and the Search for a New normal."

World: Freedom House publishes its annual Freedom of the Press 2014 report.

World: Labor Day.

FRIDAY, May 2:

U.S./NATO: Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "NATO Expansion and European Security after the Cold War."


UN: World Press Freedom Day.

SUNDAY, May 4:

: The 100th anniversary of the birth of Tajik famous composer Ziyodullo Shahidi.

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