- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 5, 2006

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia, who meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

• Daniel Gillerman, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, and Amir Peretz, chairman of Israel’s Labor Party. They address the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

• Agnes Van Ardenne, minister for development cooperation of the Netherlands; and Energy Ministers Syda Bbumba of Uganda, Albert Butare of Rwanda, Abdoulaye Abdoulkader Cisse of Burkina Faso, Chakib Khelil of Algeria and Hamed Diane Semega of Mali; Corrado Clini, director general of Italy’s Environment Ministry; Olav Kjorven of the United Nations Development Program; Claude Mandil, executive director of the Paris-based International Energy Agency; Mario Veiga Pereira, president of Brazil’s Power Systems Research; and Jose Nilton de Souza Vieira of Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry. They are among the speakers and panelists at the World Bank’s annual Energy Week conference.

• Walid Jumblatt, member of the Lebanese parliament, who addresses the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

• Naeem Ahmad Salik, former director of arms control and disarmament affairs at the Strategic Plans Division of Pakistan’s National Command Authority. He addresses the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

• Sahlu Haile, a population specialist from Ethiopia. He will address the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and receive the Global Media Award from the Washington-based Population Institute.


• Sergiu Tudor Medar, national security adviser to Romanian President Traian Basescu, who addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

• Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, former chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, who addresses the Hudson Institute’s Center for Middle East Policy.

• Andrei Illarionov, former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who addresses the Cato Institute on state intervention in private business in Russia.


• P.J. Bradley, a member of the suspended Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly from the Social Democratic and Labor Party. He will join the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in building congressional support for the immigration bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

• Farida Allaghi, international human development specialist and adviser to Saudi Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz, and Rima Salah, deputy executive director of UNICEF. They address the Academy for Educational Development on the condition of women in the Arab world.

• Luis Rubio of Mexico’s Center of Research for Development, who joins pollster John Zogby at the Inter-American Dialogue to discuss their findings on a recent survey of Americans and Mexicans.


• Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey of India’s Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. They discuss their foundation’s efforts to help the poor in a forum at the Brookings Institution.

• Defense Minister Fatmir Mediu of Albania, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk of Ukraine, who addresses the Brookings Institution.

• Richard English, professor of politics at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland and author of the book, “Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA.” He delivers a lecture on the Irish Republican Army at Catholic University.

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