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EURASIA
March 15-20: Peru's Defense Minister Rafael Rey will continue his visit to Spain and Italy, where he will attempt to strengthen defense and security ties.

March 15: Bosnian Foreign Minister Sven Alkalaj will continue his official visit to Kazakhstan


March 15: Political parties in Hungary will hold rallies to mark a national holiday. 
March 15: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al Hariri in Berlin to discuss the situation in the Middle East.
March 15: A value-added tax increase will take effect in Greece.
March 15-16: European Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fule will travel to Turkey and meet with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis. 
March 16: Kyrgyz protesters have set this as the deadline for the president's son, Maksim Bakiyev, to be sent into exile. If he is not, large protests are expected.
March 16: EU finance ministers will discuss possible action in the credit default swaps market. 
March 16: Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will travel to Hungary and meet with his counterpart Gordon Bajnai. 
March 16: Greece must report to the European Union by this date showing Greece's progress on its deficit targets and more detailed plans for the coming years.
March 16: The Union State Council of Ministers will meet in Belarus to discuss the development of the unified borders of the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
March 16-17: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will travel to Uzbekistan and meet with president Islam Karimov. 
March 17: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet in Vienna.

March 17-20: NATO air forces will hold training exercises over Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and will involve U.S., French and Polish aircraft. 


March 18: Unionists with Romania's state-owned subway company Metrorex will go on a strike. Subway trains will be halted from 4 a.m.-4 p.m. local time. Normal traffic will resume from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., as the law requires subway staff to ensure a third of normal activity while on full-blown strike.
March 18-19: Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu will travel to Bulgaria, where he will meet with his counterpart Nikolay Mladenov to discuss economic, energy and infrastructure issues. 
March 18-19: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Russia, where she will meet with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. She will discuss nuclear arms control issues and attend a ministerial meeting of the Middle East Quartet of mediators.   
March 20: Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has called for demonstrations against judges that he claimed prevented center-right candidates from running in regional elections.
March 20: The EU-Balkans conference will be held in Slovenia.  Kosovo will be attending as a state, and Serbia has said that it will not send delegations to conferences in which Kosovo is represented as a state. 
March 20: British Airways' 12,000 flight attendants will strike for seven days. 

EAST ASIA
March 15-23: The Internal Security Act will remain in effect in Bangkok and some districts of surrounding provinces. Thailand's security monitoring committee imposed the act to maintain security during an anti-government "Red Shirts" protest.

March 15-21: STRATFOR sources say that Thai "Red Shirt" anti-government protesters could continue protesting in Bangkok all week after a scheduled protest March 14.


March 15-17: British Foreign Secretary David Miliband will continue his visit to China, during which he is expected to meet with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, State Councilor Dai Bingguo, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to discuss economic issues.
March 16: North Korea's second highest official, Kim Young Nam, will visit China.


MIDDLE EAST/SOUTH ASIA
March 15-18: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is scheduled to visit Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.
March 15: A Sri Lankan delegation will travel to Brussels to discuss a number of issues with EU representatives.   
March 16-17: Two separate courts martial will begin on consecutive days for former Sri Lankan Army Commander and presidential candidate Gen. Sarath Fonseca.  The trials will be conducted at naval headquarters in Colombo. 
March 17: EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton plans to travel to Israel and visit the Gaza Strip during her trip. 
March 17-18: Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will sign the India-U.S. Trade Policy Forum Framework for cooperation on trade and investment in Washington. Sharma will also meet with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss a wide range of issues aimed at boosting trade and business relationship between the two countries.
March18: Initial results from Iraq's elections are expected to be announced. 

LATIN AMERICA
Unspecified Date: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to travel to Venezuela to meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  
March 15: Colombia and Panama are scheduled to begin free trade agreement negotiations in Panama City.
March 15: Residents of Cerro de Pasco, Peru, will decide whether to hold a demonstration to get the government to accelerate relocation of the town to a less-polluted area.

March 16: Mexican President Felipe Calderon will travel to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, for meetings on the new social and economic stimulus plan "Todos Somos Juarez."


March 16: The Mexican Electricians' Union (SME) is scheduled to protest nationwide.
March 16: Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo is scheduled to present a national agrarian reform plan.
March 16-17: Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko will travel to Venezuela, where he will meet with President Hugo Chavez and discuss a joint Belarusian-Venezuelan plan to establish joint ventures to manufacture trucks and tractors.
March 17: Argentine agricultural unions will meet with representatives from agricultural businesses to improve relations and judicial norms.
March 19: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner will travel to Venezuela to participate in bicentennial celebrations.

AFRICA
March 15: Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito will end a visit to Kenya.

March 15: A framework peace agreement signed in February between the Sudanese government and Darfuri rebel group Justice and Equality Movement is due to be finalized.


March 15-16: A post-amnesty dialogue for former militants in the Niger Delta will be held in Nigeria's Delta state, and is expected to attract the leaders of both chambers of the national assembly and other local leaders from the Niger Delta.
March 16: South African President Jacob Zuma is slated to visit Zimbabwe.
March 16: The head of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission will release a timetable for the country's 2011 national elections.
March 17: The African Union says it will impose travel bans and asset freezes on Madagascar's leadership if President Andry Rajoelina does not comply with power-sharing agreements made in 2009.
March 17-18: An umbrella organization of Darfuri rebel groups known as the Liberation Movement for Justice plans to sign a framework peace deal with the Sudanese government.


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