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International Suzuki Journal June 2023

ISA Online Journal for June 2023

Use the link below to access all the articles, news and pictures from Suzuki regions around the world. Many thanks to all our contributors for this latest edition.

In this issue:

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A Message from the Ukrainian National Suzuki Association (UNSA)

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During the past year, the entire global SUZUKI community actively helped Ukrainian children, parents, and teachers. We received money with which we bought musical instruments for students and teachers; helped evacuate people from dangerous places; bought batteries.

We also implemented three projects with the money of donors. These are the "Suzuki Orchestra Workshop" (July 2022, Kyiv), the "Music Will Save the World" project for refugee children in Ukraine and abroad, and the "Spring Suzuki Workshop" (April 2023, Kyiv). We really appreciate this kind of support that really helped us all survive!

I want to share short video about Ukrainian Workshop in Kyiv.

— Nataliia Koptienkova, Chair UNSA

Suzuki Voice School Volume 1 Cover

Announcing the New Publication of
Suzuki Voice School Volume 1

Alfred Music and The International Suzuki Voice committee are pleased to present Suzuki Voice School Volume One.

This publication is the cooperative effort of the International Suzuki Voice Committee together with Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki, who have worked on Volume One preparation and proofreading since 2004. It sees the culmination of many years of dedication and support from teachers across the world.

"Singing together in many languages is a unique experience and allows so much more than music to foster - it crosses cultural divides and brings us together through singing.

Read the full press release

Augustin Hadelich, recording artist for Suzuki Violin Scool Volumes 4-6

New Recordings for Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 4–6

The International Suzuki Association, in conjunction with Alfred Music, is pleased to announce the highly anticipated recordings of the Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 4–6 by internationally renowned violinist, Augustin Hadelich in collaboration with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang.

Use the following link to sample the new recordings and for all sites to purchase the digital download. There is also a link to purchase the physical product.

The ISA Violin Committee is indebted to violinist Augustin Hadelich and pianist Kuang-Hao Huang for their exacting standards during the exhausting recording sessions for Volumes 4–6. These performers brought tremendous energy, artistry, and dedication to bear in all aspects of their collaboration for these recordings. Augustin expressed many times his appreciation for the honor of being selected as the recording artist, and for the opportunity to make a lasting contribution to the world-wide Suzuki community. These are recordings that students, parents, and teachers will enjoy listening to for years to come.

The new recordings will replace all existing ones associated with the Suzuki Violin School International Editions, Volumes 4–6. Recordings are available on CD and via digital download, and for teaching and practice purposes within SmartMusic.

Interviews about the recordings with both artists are now available on the Alfred website. Please use the following links below to access those fascinating interviews.

Music-Experience-Related and Musical-Error-Dependent Activations in the Brain

The ISA congratulates TERI President and ISA Chair Ryugo Hayano and ISA Flute Committee member Takeaki Miyamae for their contributions to this important research on the Suzuki Method. Please use the link below for the text of the report.

Music-Experience-Related and Musical-Error-Dependent Activations in the Brain

In collaboration with the University of Tokyo, TERI has published a research paper entitled "Music-Experience-Related and Musical-Error-Dependent Activations in the Brain" in the prestigious UK journal Cerebral Cortex. The study shows the effectiveness of the Suzuki Method for the first time using a modern brain science technique (functional MRI).


The International Suzuki Association (ISA), owner by assignment from Dr. Shinichi Suzuki of the name SUZUKI METHOD™ and the name Suzuki® with respect to music education, music educational products and educational programs including SUZUKI METHOD™ Teacher Training wishes to announce that the Asia Region Suzuki Association (ARSA) is the official and only umbrella organization recognized by the ISA for countries in the Asia region. The ARSA Teacher Training programs are the only Suzuki® Teacher Training programs recognized by the ISA and its global federation of Suzuki® Associations for the countries in Asia.

The ISA does NOT recognize the group calling themselves Asia Suzuki Association (ASA) as having any official affiliation with the ISA and the global network of Suzuki Associations. Moreover, the group calling itself the Asia Suzuki Association (ASA) uses the name Suzuki® and term Suzuki Association without permission and is in legal violation of international standards of Trademark and service mark law. Any programs, activities, competitions, awards, certificates and/or teacher training certification offered or sponsored by the illegally termed Asia Suzuki Association (ASA) are not recognized as valid by the ISA. Furthermore, the so called China Suzuki Association and other associations claiming to be country affiliates of the ASA are not in any way part of the ISA’s global network.

Suzuki Method Official Website in China

Suzuki Method Official Website in China

The ARSA has announced the establishment of the first Suzuki Method official website in China. The Information of Suzuki Method, Dr. Suzuki, ISA, ARSA, and Global Suzuki community can now be provided to the public in China through this official website:
Content of the website: List of trained teachers, certification received, Suzuki teacher training, information for parents/ students, announcements, news and Videos.

New Hilary Hahn Recordings Now Available

New Hilary Hahn Recordings Now Available on Amazon and the iTunes Store

For Suzuki Violin Volumes 1–3

The International Suzuki Association, in conjunction with Alfred Music, is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated recordings of the Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 1–3 are now available for download on Amazon, the iTunes Store®, and! Recorded by internationally renowned violinist, Hilary Hahn, in collaboration with Natalie Zhu, these recordings are also available for educational purposes in SmartMusic.

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Hiroko Suzuki

Obituary of Ms. Hiroko Suzuki

Ms. Hiroko Suzuki, former president of TERI, passed away on August 13, 2021. She was 80 years old. She is a niece of Dr. Shin'ichi Suzuki, the founder of Suzuki Method, and she grew up listening to Schubert's "Unfinished" at the suggestion of Dr. Suzuki. She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music with honors and has been a TERI violin and viola teacher since she was a student.

She served as the 4th President of TERI from 2013 to 2016 and has been the Honorary President of ISA from 2020.

She had been ill for several months and had been recuperating at home. She passed away peacefully at 9:00 a.m. on the 13th, attended by her son, Shigeru Ishikawa, her daughter, Sakiko Ishikawa (a piano teacher at TERI), and other family members.

The family wishes to hold a farewell party when the corona pandemic has settled down. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Ms. Suzuki for her contribution to the Suzuki Method over the years, and we pray for the repose of her soul.

Ryugo Hayano, TERI president

International Suzuki Journal June 2021

ISA Online Journal for June 2021.

Use the link below to access all the articles, news and pictures from Suzuki regions around the world. Many thanks to all our contributors for this latest edition.

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A Message for our ISA Members from the ISA:

This past year has proved the resilience, creativity and adaptability of Talent Education and Suzuki Method teachers and families around the world. Students continue to practice, lessons are taught, performances are posted online, teachers become Zoom masters, and Suzuki communities reach out across the globe to share their ideas, challenges and triumphs in this age of social upheaval and potential isolation. Music speaks to the soul of humanity. "Tone has a living soul," Dr. Suzuki has said. That life force sustains our movement even in the virtual age of the internet. How we long to share once again our skills and gifts in person. For now, we continue our work "for the happiness of all children."

Allen Lieb

TERI Students Performing Works from the Suzuki Repertoire Online.

Dr. Ryugo Hayano, the President of TERI writes:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, group lessons and concerts in Japan have had to be cancelled, and Suzuki teachers (TERI and elsewhere) are using various online methods to provide lessons to children. Here we present one of our recent TERI challenges: 42 TERI members made an online ensemble of Bach "Concerto for Two Violins” - a familiar piece at many Suzuki Method concerts - with string accompaniment.The ensemble members include not only the students from various parts of Japan but also students who have recently moved to New York.

This video was made by Mr. Masaharu Miyahara, a TERI Violin teacher living in Osaka, Japan. Please enjoy all the videos!

Lightly Row

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV1043 played remotely by Japanese Suzuki children

Long Long Ago, played remotely by 91 Japanese Suzuki children

Hilary Hahn Suzuki Violin Recordings

Suzuki Violin School - Book and CD

The International Suzuki Association, in conjunction with Alfred Music, is pleased to announce the highly anticipated recordings of the Suzuki Violin School, Volumes 1-3 by internationally renowned violinist, Hilary Hahn in collaboration with pianist Natalie Zhu.

The new recordings and the Suzuki Violin School International Editions are available as:

Violin Part Book, Piano Accompaniment Book, Violin Part Book & CD, and CD only. The recordings feature tracks that include violin and piano, as well as piano accompaniment only tracks for play-along purposes. They are now available for teaching and practice purposes in SmartMusic, available for digital download on, and will soon be available on iTunes and Amazon.

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Update to the 2018 ISA Press Release Concerning a False Posting by the German Suzuki Association (DSG).

The ISA has noted the continued posting of a misleading message on the website of the DSG, an organization not a part of the ESA, the ISA nor authorized to use the SUZUKI name. This post asserting that the ISA does not own the mark SUZUKI is untrue. It is a misrepresentation of fact and poses a liability issue to anyone following that course of action.

In fact, the ISA continues to own registrations for SUZUKI and other SUZUKI marks throughout the world, including Germany. Any assertion to the contrary is inaccurate.

The DSG bases its claims on a decision in a court document from November 2014. Please read the following link for a complete and accurate transcript of the document in question, and not the altered and redacted version as posted by the DSG.

View full Press Release here.

The ISA has written to the administration of the DSG repeatedly requesting this post be deleted. The DSG has responded that the post is no longer on its site. However, the post clearly does remain on the DSG site despite those assurances. ISA will continue to monitor this misrepresentation of its protection of the SUZUKI trademark in the interest of and obligations to all members of the world-wide Suzuki community.

Matsumoto Castle Bridge

TERI “Natsumatsuri”—Suzuki Method Summer Festival at Home 2020

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Constance Starr

In Memory of Constance Starr

The ISA regrets to announce the passing of Suzuki Piano pedagogue Constance Starr at her home in Boulder, CO, Monday, August 26 . Prior to her pioneering work in the Suzuki piano movement, Connie had established a career as a noted performer and teacher in both piano and viola. Additionally, she and her husband William Starr, had been proponents and founders of the Montessori Association in their Knoxville, TN community, showcasing their intense interest in early childhood education. In 1968-69, Connie, along with her husband Bill and their 8 children, spent 14 months in Japan observing in depth Suzuki piano teaching, both in students' lessons and performances. Upon their return to the US, Connie wrote the first articles and gave the first workshops introducing Suzuki piano to American piano teachers. Subsequently she served as Chair of the SAA Piano Committee and as piano editor for the SAA Journal. She was sought after as a clinician and Teacher-Trainer in the SAA region and abroad for institutes and workshops, and as a faculty member for numerous international conferences. Connie is also remembered by parents and teachers around the globe for her authorship along with Bill of the seminal work, To Learn with Love; A Companion for Suzuki Parents, still the gold standard in Suzuki parent education.

On behalf of the entire Suzuki community, the ISA extends its condolences to the Starr family, and its appreciation and gratitude for Connie’s decades-long service and guidance to countless families and teachers in the Talent Education movement world-wide. Thank you to her family for sharing her life with all of us.

An Official Statement to the Suzuki Community from Alfred Music about the Suzuki Violin School Recordings

October 30, 2018

"We take the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against violinist William Preucil, Jr. extremely seriously, and we are dismayed at the findings of the investigation conducted on behalf of the Cleveland Orchestra. To that end, we will work closely with the International Suzuki Association and will replace our current Suzuki Violin School recordings with new recordings as soon as possible."

Mary Craig Powell

In Memoriam: Mary Craig Powell

It is with great sadness that we inform SAA friends of the passing of Mary Craig Powell of Columbus, OH. She was a much beloved Suzuki teacher and Teacher Trainer. As many of you know, she had a long battle with cancer. She passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 20. Mary Craig will be missed by so many worldwide

Please read the full article

Tove Detrekoy

Tove Detreköy, Suzuki Pioneer and Founder of the Danish Suzuki Institute, has passed away.

Please read the full article

Alfred Music Product News July 2018

Alfred Music

News from Alfred Music Concerning Suzuki Method Publications

News for All Instruments

News for the Suzuki Violin School: Volumes 1 – 8

News for the Suzuki Flute School: Volume 1

Discussion Group Name Change: ISA Trademark

January 18, 2017 ISA Board

Request that the Facebook ISTEX page be removed

ISA submitted a request to Facebook that it take down the ISTEX page because its use of "International Suzuki Teachers Exchange" infringed on ISA's INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI related trademark registrations throughout the world. Specifically, ISA is the owner of over 50 trademark registrations and applications of the trademark SUZUKI combined with the word INTERNATIONAL for various goods and services, including printed music materials, books, recordings, musical educational/training services, and association memberships. The registrations include the US and over thirty countries spread over the five major continents, including all countries of the European Union (with separate country-specific national registrations in Germany, the UK and others), China, Russia, Columbia, and more.

ISA regards its intellectual property rights very seriously, and consistent with that, takes all steps necessary to protect such rights and to prevent the unauthorized use of its intellectual property, including its trademarks. The ISA had contacted the administrator of the site previously about this issue several times, but received no reply. ISA first objected to the misuse of its trademarks and other intellectual property by the "German Suzuki Association" and Ms. Wartberg over two years ago in an attempt to resolve ISA's concern amicably. Those discussions were not successful and, therefore, ISA was compelled to begin taking action to stop it.

ISA had no objections to the content of the Facebook page per se. The objection was to the use of "International Suzuki Teachers Exchange": namely, the use of "INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI" along with the descriptive terms "teachers" and "exchange" in the Facebook name, cover photo, wall posts, and photos. Such use not only copies and infringes ISA's INTERNATIONAL SUZUKI related trademark rights, but also creates the false and misleading impression of sponsorship by or affiliation with ISA, in violation of ISA's rights under the laws of all countries.

ISA has no intent to discourage teachers or proponents of children's music education from communicating with each other or promoting their events. In fact, there are many other existing, non-infringing online forums for such communication and promotion. The concern simply was the infringing use of ISA's registered trademarks.

Responses from the Suzuki Community to Mark O'Connors Allegations

ESA/DSG Settlement

August 2015

50th Anniversary Concert of the Ten Suzuki Children

TERI is planning a Grand Concert celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the first Suzuki Method Tour Group to take place on Monday, March 31, 2014, in Tokyo's Suntory Hall. Teachers and students are invited to participate.


Digital Downloads of Suzuki Recordings

Update from Alfred Music, 1/25/13
Concerning availability of Suzuki recordings as mp3 downloads

Responding to requests from members, the ISA began working with Alfred Music approximately a year ago to make the Suzuki recordings available as mp3 downloads. We are very excited to let you know that, in the summer of 2013, recordings will become available at, beginning with the first volumes of violin, viola, cello, and bass.

The request is in to iTunes and Amazon to also carry the recordings but Alfred has no control over when this will happen. For pedagogical reasons, the ISA made the decision that the recordings will be sold by book as albums, rather than as individual pieces. Alfred is pleased to make this option available.

Also working with new technology, these same volumes will be released as ebooks later in 2013 through the Apple store. This exciting format includes the audio embedded on the page with the music.

Yasuki Nakamura honoured for service to music

ISA Journal Sept 2012

3 Dec 12 @ 4:48pm by John Morcombe

He was one of the original students of Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki in the Suzuki method of teaching and for the past 33 years has been passing on his knowledge to Australian students.

Now Yasuki Nakamura, of Bayview, has been appointed an honorary Member of the Order of Australia. He was recognised for his service to music education, particularly the violin, through his contribution to the Suzuki Method in Australia and overseas.

Dr. Suzuki developed the Suzuki method of teaching music, which is based on providing the right environment for learning music while also fostering good character in the students.

"The aim is not just to train musicians but also to create wonderful human beings," Mr Nakamura said. "It can be used for music and for other areas of human education."

Yasuki Nakamura was among 18 non-Australian citizens recognised for their services to this country. Mr. Nakamura has lived in Australia for 33 years.

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Suzuki Method World Convention in Japan
March 27-31, 2013

16th World COnvention logo

The 16th Suzuki Method World Convention will take place March 27-31, 2013, in Matsumoto City, Nagano, Japan.

The event is sponsored by the Talent Education Research Institute (the Suzuki Method organization in Japan). The theme this year is “The World will be One, Joined Together by Children Making Music.”

The last Suzuki Method World Convention took place in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009. The last World Convention to be held in Japan was in 1999, the year after Dr. Suzuki's death.

World Conventions feature events for teachers and students alike, with lectures, concerts, lessons, and master classes. The 2013 Convention hopes to bring together Suzuki students from throughout the world to play and study together.

For more information, see the 16th Suzuki Method World Convention website.

Summary of the October 2010 ISA Board Meeting

The ISA Board of Directors held its annual meeting in Seoul, Korea October 8-10, 2010. The session was very productive. The formal minutes of the meeting will be posted after they are accepted at the 2011 meeting. Following is a summary of the 2010 meeting:

The meeting opened with a welcome from ISA Board Chair Hwang, Kyung-Ik (ASA). It was followed by a greeting from ISA President, Koji Toyoda. Following the greetings, the board paid tribute to Nehama Patkin, ISA At-Large Director, who passed away last spring.

Julia Breen was elected as an At-Large Director to fulfill Nehama Patkin's term which expires June 30, 2012. Paul Landefeld, current CEO of the ISA, was elected to the Board as an At-Large director, term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016.

Hideya Taida (TERI) was elected ISA Board Chair for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Pamela Brasch (SAA and current Board Treasurer) was elected Vice-Chair for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013. Paul Landefeld was elected Secretary for the term July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.

Gilda Barston was employed as ISA CEO from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.

Among the topics discussed at the meeting were copyright issues with Suzuki publications, future world conferences and teacher trainer conferences, teacher training systems in the 5 regions, responsibilities of regional associations, regional association reports and instrument committee reports.

At each ISA Board meeting, the ISA vision is discussed and updated. This year, the ISA Board approved the following vision:

Dr. Suzuki's name and method is known and respected throughout the world.
ISA is the umbrella for the Suzuki world.
Children are well educated.
Parents and teachers have the tools to educate children.
The finest possible Suzuki materials are available.
Suzuki ideas are shared internationally.
Suzuki teacher training is available throughout the world.

The next ISA Board Meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan in October, 2011.

Gilda Barston
ISA Board Secretary

Dr. Masaaki Honda

Dr. Masaaki Honda, long a respected supporter and leader in the Suzuki movement, passed away on June 8, 2011. A memorial service and concert are scheduled on Monday, July 18, 2011.

Memorial Service: 16:00 - 17:00
Memorial Concert: 18:00 - 19:00

Fujisawa Catholic Church
1-1-17 Ishigami Kugenuma Fujisawa-shi
Tel: +81-466-27-2787

Gilda Barston

New ISA CEO, Gilda Barston

Gilda Barston is the new Chief Executive Officer of the International Suzuki Association as of July 1, 2011. Many thanks to Paul Landefeld, the previous ISA CEO, for all his hard work!


In the wake of the earthquake tsunami, conditions continue to change in Japan from day to day. Earlier this week, the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto (TERI) (the Suzuki Association in Japan) was able to determine that all Suzuki teachers were safe and that most Suzuki families were safe, as well. (Communications lines were down, making it impossible to reach a few families in the northeast area.) We are relieved that members of the Suzuki family are doing OK amid so much destruction.

We are aware that Suzuki students throughout the world desire to express their concern and support for the victims of the earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear crisis. We encourage teachers and students to act in a way that they think is appropriate. Some studios and programs are planning practice-a-thons, play-ins, or other events; others are considering ways to pay tribute to Japan in their spring concerts. We suggest that teachers and families check with their regional or country associations for information about any plans being made.

If your decision is to make donations, we encourage you to send funds through a reliable relief organization. You might want to consult the following link to the American Institute of Philanthropy to learn about relief agencies helping with this tragedy in Japan.

If you wish to donate directly to the Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, please see the following webpage for information:

We anticipate needs to continue throughout the summer and into the fall. In the coming months, the SAA plans to work with the International Suzuki Association in considering a region-wide or international musical tribute to Japan, the birthplace of the Suzuki method. We will keep you apprised of those plans as they develop.

—Paul Landefeld, CEO

Nehama Patkin

Nehama Patkin Memorial Concert

A memorial concert for Australian pianist and teacher, Nehama Patkin, will be held in Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria Australia on March 6, 2011. Nehama passed away on March 26, 2010 of a bone infection in her hip. She was 70 years old.

Nehama Patkin was a devoted Suzuki teacher and teacher trainer, traveling frequently to institutes, conferences and workshops throughout the world. She served on the ISA Board of Directors as a member-at-large from 2007 until her death in 2010.

With her passing, the Suzuki community has lost a dynamic and talented leader. She will be greatly missed.

Information about the concert is available at

Frank Longay

Frank Longay

1948 - 2011

It is with the deepest sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Longay on Wednesday, January 19.

Frank was a founding member and chairman of both the Guitar Committee of the International Suzuki Association and the Guitar Committee for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Frank took a leadership role in developing a graded repertoire for the guitar through Suzuki methodology and, as a registered Teacher Trainer, he worked tirelessly to pass along his knowledge and experience to guitar instructors in the U.S. and around the world.

Frank's efforts distinguished him as an internationally recognized music educator. He performed and conducted teacher development courses and children's workshops on numerous occasions in Australia, several countries in South America and Europe and across the United States. His students have won prestigious awards including the Bay Area Unicef Concerts and the Junior Bach Festivals. He was featured in articles in Suzuki World, the American Suzuki Journal, Soundboard (the journal for the Guitar Foundation of America) and in an interview for Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

For his dedication to the development of Suzuki Guitar School and the creation of the Longay Conservatory of Guitar, Frank was honored as a 2006 recipient of the distinguished Creating Learning Community award presented by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

John Kendall

John D. Kendall

August 30, 1917 - January 6, 2011

John Kendall, 93, a violin pedagogue widely known for his role in introducing the Suzuki method of music education in the United States, died at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on January 6. Mr. Kendall's health had been in decline after he suffered a mild stroke in November 2010.

The International Suzuki Association mourns the loss of Professor John W. Kendall. Mr. Kendall was one of the founders of the Suzuki movement, bringing the Suzuki philosophy and method to the attention of musicians and educators throughout the world. His infectious personality and enthusiasm inspired thousands of students, teachers and parents.

The Board of Directors of the ISA extends their deepest sympathy to John's family. We will always be grateful for his involvement and dedication to the Suzuki movement. His presence in the Suzuki community will be greatly missed.

Gilda Barston, Secretary
International Suzuki Association Board of Directors

Read John Kendall's obituary and share your tribute with the Suzuki community

Previous Board Meetings

International Piano Committee

Books 1-3 of the New International Piano edition were published in May 2008, with new recordings by Seizo Azuma. The ISA's International Piano Committee met in Denver, Colorado in November 2008 to continue its work on books 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the piano repertoire. Further meetings are planned for July 2009 and October 2009.

Previous meetings took place in Columbus, Ohio in September 2007 and England in October 2006 and in Turin in April 2006 during the Suzuki World Convention.

International Violin Committee

The International Violin Committee met in Reykjavik, Iceland on 3-4 October 2008, continuing its work on preparing new editions of books 4-8 of the violin repertoire.

Regional News & Events

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ARSA Events

Europe, Africa, and the Middle East

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