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Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Rory Medcalf of the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, Australia. He discusses the rivalry between China and India in a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


• Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian lawmaker who meets with editors and reporters at The Washington Times to discuss Palestinian statehood.

• Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a Russian army veteran. He discusses Russia’s efforts to exert influence among former Soviet nations in a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


• Jose Antonio Gil Yepes, president of Datanalisis, a Venezuelan consulting firm. He discusses the outlook for next year’s presidential campaign and the political opposition to President Hugo Chavez in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Dr. Nafis Sadik, a special adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Yamerot Adualem Yihun, director of the Gender Directorate of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health; and Rosemary Ardayfio of the Graphic Communications Group of Ghana. They discuss family planning issues in Africa in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


• Sham Bathija, senior economic adviser to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. He participates in a panel discussion U.S. strategy in Central Asia at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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