- The Washington Times - Monday, October 27, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• President Fernando Armindo Lugo of Paraguay, who meets with President Bush.

• Michael Clark, director of Britain’s Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, and Rear Adm. Chris Parry, former director-general of Development Concepts and Doctrine at the British Defense Ministry. They address prospects for victory in Afghanistan at a forum sponsored by the Royal United Services Institute, the Foreign Policy Research Institute of Philadelphia and the Reserve Officers’ Association in Washington.

• Afshin Ellian, professor of international criminal law at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands; Maajid Nawaz , director of the Quilliam Foundation in London; and Bassam Tibi, professor of international relations and director of the Center for International Affairs at Germany’s Gottingen University. They participate in a forum, “Secularism in the Muslim Diaspora,” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


• Dr. Peter Piot , executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Ahmet Davutoglu, chief foreign-policy adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey; Suat Kiniklioglu, a member of the Turkish parliament; and Kemal Kirisci, a professor at Turkey’s Bogazici University. They discuss U.S.-Turkish relations in a forum at the Brookings Institution.

• Joshua Dau Diu, a member of the Special Commission for the Rights of Non-Muslims in the National Capital of Sudan. He addresses the Hudson Institute on protecting religious freedom in Sudan.

• Gareth Evans, president of the International Crisis Group and a former foreign minister of Australia. He joins A. Ed Elmendorf, president of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that was inspired by his book “The Responsibility to Protect: Ending Mass Atrocity Crimes Once and for All.”


• Mitat Celikpala, associate professor of international relations at Turkey’s TOBB University; Graham Fuller, adjunct professor of history at Canada’s Simon Fraser University; Ibrahim Kalin, director-general of Turkey’s Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research; Saban Kardas of Turkey’s Sakarya University; and Igor Torbakov, a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs in Helsinki. They discuss the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Georgia in a forum at the Jamestown Foundation.

• Richard C. Koo, chief economist of Japan’s Nomura Research Institute, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about lessons learned from Japan’s recession.


• Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi ambassador to the United States; Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, minister for foreign trade of the United Arab Emirates; and Muna Abu Sulayman, executive director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Kingdom Foundation of Saudi Arabia. They address the 17th annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference organized by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.

• Ross Garnaut, a distinguished professor at the Australian National University and a former Australian ambassador to China. He addresses the Brookings Institution on Australia’s policy on climate change.


• Reinhard Butifoker, chairman and spokesman of the German Green Party, who addresses the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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