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• Three contemporary Japanese architects - Norihiko Dan, Kuma Kengo and Kiyoshi Sey Takeyama - who display their designs for modern Japanese teahouses at a reception hosted by the Japanese Embassy.

Wednesday

Nikolay Petrov of the Carnegie Moscow Center, who discusses the sudden crisis that hit Russia’s financial markets. He appears with James F. Collins, U.S. ambassador to Russia from 1996 to 2001, in a forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Thursday

Joao Soares of Portugal, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who holds a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club to report on the results of an OSCE observation team that monitored the U.S. presidential election.

Ahmad Fahim Hakim, deputy chairman of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, and Ali Jalali, former interior minister of Afghanistan and author of “Future of Afghan Security Forces.” They discuss the future of Afghanistan in a forum at the United States Institute of Peace.

Friday

John Crabtree, research associate at the Center for Latin American Studies at Britain’s Oxford University, and Laurence Whitehead, official fellow in politics at Nuffield College at Oxford. The co-editors of “Unresolved Tensions: Bolivia Past and Present” address a briefing sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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