- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis of Greece, who also serves as chairwoman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She addresses the Brookings Institution on collective security. On Tuesday, she meets with members of the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and members of the House and Senate international relations committees. On Wednesday, she meets with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, National Security Adviser James L. Jones and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

Struan Stevenson, a Scottish member of the European Parliament and co-chairman of the EU Caucus for a Free Iran. He will meet with officials to discuss the European High Court order to remove the Iranian resistance from an EU terrorist blacklist.

Oleh Rybachuk, former chief of staff to President Viktor Yushchenko of Ukraine and former deputy prime minister for European integration. He leads the Suspilnist Foundation, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting Ukrainian relations with Europe and the United States. He meets with foreign-policy specialists and addresses the National Endowment for Democracy on Thursday.

Kazuo Kodama, press secretary for the Japanese Foreign Ministry who prepares for the visit of the Japanese prime minister.

Craig Alexander, deputy chief economist of the Toronto Dominion Bank; Joachim Scheide of Germany’s Kiel Institute for World Economics; Chris Varvares, president of Macroeconomic Advisers; and Volker Wieland of the University of Frankfurt. They participate in a forum on the global economic outlook sponsored by the National Association for Business Economics.

First Minister Alex Salmond of Scotland, who speaks at Georgetown University on the effects of the global economic crisis on Scotland.

Tuesday

Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan, who meets with President Obama. He is accompanied by Hideo Fukushima, minister for public affairs.

Wednesday

Frank Pearl, Colombia’s high counselor for social and economic reintegration. He discusses Colombia’s efforts to help former rebels readjust to civil society in a briefing sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Jeremy Black, a British historian who addresses the Foreign Policy Research Institute on U.S.-European relations.

Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski of Poland, who addresses the Council on Foreign Relations on the challenges facing NATO as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League, who addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on problems facing the Arab world.

President Jose Ramos-Horta of East Timor, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about developments in his country.

Thursday

George Robertson, secretary-general of NATO; Stewart Eldon, British ambassador to NATO; Jean-Marie Guehenno, former U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping; Ivan Krastev of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Bulgaria; and Gen. John McColl of Britain, deputy supreme allied commander in Europe. They address a forum organized by the Council on Foreign Relations on the challenges facing NATO as it celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Friday

Alexander Ritzmann, former vice chairman of Germany’s Free Democratic Party’s parliamentary group of the Berlin state parliament. He addresses the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on the conflict between protecting civil liberties while fighting the war on terrorism and what Europeans expect of the Obama administration.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.

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