- The Washington Times - Monday, February 9, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg of the Czech Republic, who addresses the Brookings Institution and meets with Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday.

Chakib Khelil, former president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and current Algerian minister of energy and mining. He addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Tuesday

Farhad Khosrokhavar, a professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris and author of the book “Inside Jihadism: Understanding Jihadi Movements Worldwide.” He joins a panel discussion, “Al Qaeda Today,” at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Ji-won Yang, vice president of South Korea’s Daejeon Green Growth Forum. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the forum’s effort to coordinate environmental issues with private industry and central and local governments.

Gunilla Carlsson, minister for international development cooperation at the Swedish Foreign Ministry, and Mark Lowcock, director-general for country programs at Britain’s Department for International Development. They participate in a panel discussion on trans-Atlantic leadership at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Abuk Bak Macham, an exile from Sudan who was enslaved for 10 years, and Franco Majok, a former Sudanese exile who returned to build a school in his native village. They join a panel discussion, “Out of Exile: Narratives From the Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan,” at the Center for American Progress.

Pavol Demes, director of the German Marshall Fund office in Bratislava, Slovakia; Irina Krasovskaya, president of the We Remember Foundation, a civil rights organization in Belarus and wife of Anatoly Krasovsky, a missing Belarusian opposition leader; and Pavel Marozau, coordinator of the Third Way of Belarus. They participate in a panel discussion at the German Marshall Fund of the United States to discuss democratic opposition to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and the economic and political conditions facing Belarus.

Thursday

Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations and a close adviser to President Evo Morales. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on political conditions in Bolivia.

Suvash Darnal, founding chairman of Nepal’s Jagaran Media Center, which promotes the rights of the Dalits, the so-called “untouchables” on the lowest level of the Hindu caste system. He discusses his work at a briefing organized by the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Miguel A. Kiguel, former president of Argentina’s Hipotecario Bank and former undersecretary of finance and deputy general manager of the Central Bank of Argentina. Mr. Kiguel, now the EconView consulting group in Buenos Aires, discusses Argentina’s financial crisis in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.

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