- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Leszek Balcerowicz, a former deputy prime minister and former finance minister of Poland and a former president of the National Bank of Poland. Mr. Balcerowicz, now a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, delivers a lecture at the Polish Embassy on the global financial crisis.

Mark Cochrane, a detective inspector with the Police Service of Northern Ireland with 22 years of experience in counterterrorism cases. He addresses a forum co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Georgetown University’s Center for Peace and Security Studies.

Tuesday

Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Saudi ambassador to the United States from 2005 to 2007 and former director of the Saudi intelligence service. He addresses the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

Gyorgy Spiro, a Hungarian writer, who reads from his latest book, “Captivity,” at a reception at the Hungarian Embassy.

Wednesday

Tony Blair, former British prime minister, who addresses the Council on Foreign Relations.

Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, who receives the Pan-African Lifetime Achievement Award from the Transafrica Forum.

Ludmila Verbitskaya, president of Russia’s St. Petersburg University. She receives the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Award from the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Thursday

Jacques Edouard Alexis, former prime minister of Haiti, who participates in a panel discussion at the United States Institute of Peace.

Maen Areikat, deputy head and coordinator-general of the Negotiations Affairs Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO); Rami Dajani, legal adviser at the PLO’s Negotiations Support Unit; and Khaled Elgindy, police adviser on settlements at the support unit. They address the American Task Force on Palestine on the prospects for Middle East peace from a Palestinian viewpoint.

Shapan Adnan of the National University of Singapore and Asif Saleh, founder and executive director of Drishtipat, a Bangladeshi human rights organization. They testify on human rights, religious extremism and democracy in Bangladesh at a hearing of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom at 10 a.m. in Room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Eleonora Cercavschi, winner of the 2008 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and director of the Stefan the Great High School in Moldova. She addresses the center on the conflicts in Moldova’s rebellious Trans-Dniester region, Ukraine and Russia and on the challenges facing the Obama administration in those areas.

• A delegation from Brazil with Ricardo Arioli, president of the Mato Grosso Association of Soybean Producers; Antonio Barros de Castro, counselor to the president of the National Bank of Economic and Social Development; Defense Minister Nelson Jobim; Gov. Blairo Maggi of the state of Mato Grosso; Rui Prado, president of the Mato Grosso Farm Bureau; and Marcio Zimmermann, deputy minister of mines and energy. They participate in a forum on U.S.-Brazil relations and agribusiness and sustainability in Brazil at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Andrei Piontkovsky, executive director of the Strategic Studies Center in Moscow. He addresses the Hudson Institute on the topics of corruption, xenophobia and the failure of reforms in Russia.

• Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail James Morrison.

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