- The Washington Times - Monday, October 13, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, who meets with President Bush, joins first lady Laura Bush to tour an Italian exhibit on Pompeii at the National Gallery of Art and attends an official dinner in his honor at the White House.

Otto Fricke, chairman of the Budget Committee of the German parliament and a member of the Free Democratic Party, who addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on the effects of the U.S. financial crisis on Europe.

Janos Kovacs, chief executive manager of Rubik Studio in Hungary, and Milan Baticz, Hungary’s Rubik’s Cube junior champion. They reveal the secret of the mechanical puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik in 1974 in a briefing at the Hungarian Embassy.

Tuesday

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian National Authority, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership.

Roberto Saba, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Argentina, who discusses censorship in Latin America in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Wednesday

Pavol Demes, director for Central and Eastern European affairs at the Slovakian office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; Alina Inayeh, director of the fund’s Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation in Romania; and Ivan Vejvoda, executive director of the fund’s Balkan Trust for Democracy in Serbia. They participate in a panel discussion on European relations with Russia at the fund’s Washington headquarters.

Diba Nigar Goksel, senior analyst at the European Stability Initiative in Berlin, who joins a panel discussion at the Jamestown Foundation on Armenian-Turkish relations.

Juan Fernando Londono, director of the joint project of the U.N. Development Program and International IDEA Project to Strengthen Democracy in Colombia. He addresses John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies.

Theodore Trefon, director of the Contemporary History Section of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies.

Thursday

Robert von Rimscha, speaker of Germany’s Free Democratic Party, who analyzes the state of German politics at a luncheon of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Markus Kotzur of Germany’s Leipzig University, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, a German member of the European Parliament, Bernd Ruethers of Germany’s University of Konstanz and Adam Tomkins of Scotland’s University of Glasgow. They discuss issues involving U.S. and European citizenship at the American Enterprise Institute.

Friday

Giuliano Amato, former Italian prime minister and former vice president of the European Constitutional Convention. He discusses the future of Europe in the first Altiero Spinelli Lecture at the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe.

Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur, India, who sponsors a conference on the Rajput maharajas at the Library of Congress.

Aftan Khan Sherpao, former interior minister of Pakistan, who addresses the United States Institute of Peace.

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