- The Washington Times - Friday, July 10, 2009


In L’Aquila, Italy - Working breakfast with the Group of Eight plus African countries plus five international organizations; meeting with South African president; news conference in the afternoon; travels back to Rome to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican secretary of state; departs for Ghana; overnights in Accra, Ghana.


9 a.m. - Taliban - U.S. Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “Negotiating with the Taliban: Reconciliation in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” with Michael Semple, former deputy special representative of the EU to Afghanistan, and former Afghan Interior Minister Ali Jalali. Location: 1200 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/429-3822.

10 a.m. - Obama and Russia - The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a telephone briefing to discuss President Obama’s trip to Russia, with Blair Ruble and William Pomeranz. Contact: 202/691-4016.

Noon - Nepal - The Hudson Institute holds a briefing on rising religious intolerance and communal divide in Nepal, with Nishchal Pandey of the Centre for South Asian Studies in Katmandu. Location: 1015 15th St. NW, sixth floor. Contact: 202/974-6456.

Noon - Port security - The Center for National Policy holds a discussion on the latest developments in port security, with Cosmo Perrone of the Port of Long Beach, Calif., and Bethann Rooney of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Location: S1 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 333. Contact: 202/682-1800.

12:30 p.m. - Energy Security - The Center for Strategic and International Studies and the World Resources Institute hold a conference on energy security implications of a carbon constrained U.S. economy, with Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary Rick Duke. Location: B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.



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