- The Washington Times - Monday, May 11, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week:

Monday

Hasan Mahmud, Bangladesh’s minister of state for foreign affairs. His appointments include talks with Richard Boucher, assistant secretary of state for Central and South Asian affairs; Donald Camp, senior director of the National Security Council; Todd Stern, the State Department’s climate envoy; and Christopher Flavin, president of the World Watch Institute. On Tuesday, he meets with Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia; Rep. Joseph Crowley, New York Democrat and co-chairman of the House Bangladesh Caucus; and Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat.

Dr. James Hakim, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. He addresses public health challenges to the southern African nation in a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Arif Hasan, founder and chairman of the Urban Resource Center in Karachi, Pakistan. He discusses socioeconomic change in Pakistan in a forum at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Tuesday

Nikolaus Berlakovich, Austria’s minister of agriculture and environment, who discusses climate issues with officials at the State and Agriculture departments.

Patricia Vaca Narvaja, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives of Argentina. She discusses the political situation in the South American nation in a briefing at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Ravi Menon, Singapore’s second permanent secretary for trade, who addresses the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council’s general meeting.

Yevgeny Zhovtis, director of the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law. He testifies on Kazakhstan’s preparations to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in a hearing before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 10 a.m. in Room SVC 208/209 of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Wednesday

Christine Loh, chief executive officer of Civic Exchange, an independent nonprofit think tank in Hong Kong. She discusses Hong Kong’s political future in a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Thursday

Pjer Simunovic, deputy defense minister of Croatia, who discusses Croatia’s relations with Europe and the United States in a forum at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Brenda Shaffer, a faculty member at Israel’s Haifa University and a visiting professor at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. She joins a panel discussion on Azerbaijan at the Jamestown Foundation.

Friday

Tim Hitchens, director of European political affairs at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Pavel Felgenhauer, a Moscow-based specialist on military affairs and correspondent for the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor. He joins a panel discussion relations between Russia and the Republic of Georgia in a briefing at the Jamestown Foundation.

Jorge Castaneda, former foreign secretary of Mexico, who joins a panel discussion at George Washington University on the political situation in Mexico.

Saturday

President Valdis Zatlers of Latvia, who addresses the annual conference of the Joint Baltic American National Committee.

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

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