Embassy Row

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


c Prime Minister Francois Fillon of France, who discusses the global economic crisis in a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Alexandr Vondra, deputy prime minister of the Czech Republic and a former Czech ambassador to the United States. He addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies about preparations for the April 5 summit where President Obama will meet with leaders of the European Union.

• Carlos Salas, a professor at Mexico’s College of Tlaxcala and coordinator of the Mexican Institute of Labor Studies. He discusses economic conditions in Mexico in a forum at the Economic Policy Institute.

• Dr. Brian Brink, senior vice president of health at South Africa’s Anglo American Corp. and chairman of the board of directors of the International Women’s Health Coalition. He discusses the fight against HIV/AIDS in a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• David Bakradze, speaker of the parliament of Georgia, and Kakha Bendukidze, Georgia’s former minister of economy and reform coordination. They address the Cato Institute.

• Shyam Saran, India’s special envoy for climate issues and a former foreign secretary. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• David Lopez and Theresly Malave of the Venezuelan Network of Activists for Peace. They discuss the state of justice in Venezuela at a forum hosted by the Due Process of Law Foundation, Freedom House and the International Commission of Jurists.

• Achim Steiner, undersecretary-general of the U.N. Environment Program, who discusses the preservation of natural resources in a panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. On Wednesday, he addresses a forum hosted by American University and the American Society of International Law.


Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, who addresses a conference on the Cold War at George Mason University.

• Vaclav Bartuska of the Czech Republic, the European Union’s negotiator during the 2009 Russia-Ukraine energy dispute. He joins a panel discussion hosted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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