- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Iraqi political identity — 3 p.m. — The United States Institute of Peace holds a discussion, “What Does It Mean To Be Iraqi? The Politics of Identity in Iraq.” Participants include Reidar Visser of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs and Eric Davis of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 1200 17th St. NW, second-floor conference room. Contact: 202/429-3828.

Economic patriotism — 4 p.m. — The National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a debate, “Economic Patriotism: The Choice Between Free Trade and Fair Trade.” Participants include Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat, and C. Fred Bergsten, director of the Institute for International Economics. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/662-7593.


Signs the Military Commissions Act of 2006 at the White House. Participates in a ceremonial swearing-in for Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters at the Transportation Department. Meets Prime Minister Ivo Sanader of Croatia at the White House.


8:30 a.m. — Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the producer price indexes for September. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

9:15 a.m. — Federal Reserve Board releases the industrial production and capacity utilization report for September. Location: 20th and C streets Northwest. Contact: 202/452-3206.


9 a.m. — Small Business Administration holds a meeting of the Region 3-Washington, D.C., District Advisory Council to discuss the district’s fiscal 2006 goals and give an update on initiatives and other matters. Location: Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, 740 15th St. NW, third floor. Contact: 202/272-0345.

9:30 a.m. — International Trade Commission holds hearings on reviews concerning the antidumping duty orders on certain carbon steel products from more than a dozen nations. Location: International Trade Commission, 500 E St. SW. Contact: 202/205-3200.


No oral arguments scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


Not in session. The Senate reconvenes Nov. 9. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Not in session. The House reconvenes Nov. 9 in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


Latin America and the Caribbean conference — all day — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its regional affiliate, the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America, hold the annual “Forecast on Latin America and the Caribbean” conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlight — 1 p.m. — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers remarks.

Location: USCC, 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Panda habitat — 8:30 a.m. — The National Zoo hosts the public opening of the Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat and Asia Trail. Location: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/633-3082.

Business of health — 9:15 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Business of Health: How Does the U.S. Health-Care System Compare to Systems in Other Countries?” Robert L. Ohsfeldt of Texas A&M; University and John Schneider of the University of Iowa participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Special-interest money — 10: 30 a.m. — Public Citizen holds a conference call briefing to release a report detailing how much money members of Congress have received from special-interest sources. The data being made available will contain the amount of contributions from lobbyists, the amount of contributions from out-of-state donors, the percentage of contributions from large versus small donors, and the amount of contributions from political action committees. Contact: 202/588-7703 or 202/588-7742.

China discussion — 11 a.m. — The Heritage Foundation holds a discussion, “Shaping China’s Security Environment: The Role of the People’s Liberation Army.” Larry M. Wortzel, chairman of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and Andrew Scobell of the U.S. Army War College participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Information war — noon — The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion, “Hizbollywood: Hizbollah’s Information War Viewed from Lebanon,” with Marwan Kraidy of the School of International Service at American University. Location: WWC, One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4000.

Nuclear North Korea — 12:30 p.m. — The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs holds a discussion, “A Nuclear North Korea: How We Got Here and What We Can Do About It.” Charles L. Pritchard, president of the Korea Economic Institute, participates. Location: GWU Elliott School, 1957 E St. NW. Contact: 202/994-6240.

Liberian president — 2:30 p.m. — Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf delivers remarks at the fifth annual Goldman Sachs Distinguished Lecture. Location: Georgetown University, Healy Hall, 37th and O streets Northwest, third floor. Contact: 202/687-4328.

Bangladesh elections — 3 p.m. — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom holds a forum, “The Bangladesh Elections: Promoting Democracy and Protecting Rights in a Muslim-Majority Country.” Tariq Karim, former ambassador of Bangladesh to the United States and Harrison fellow at the University of Maryland, and Selig Harrison, director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy, participate. Location: 2163 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/523-3240, Ext. 14.

Middle East conflict — 5 p.m. — The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University holds a discussion, “Who Won and Who Lost in the Last Conflict in the Middle East?” Hind Kabawat, senior research associate in public diplomacy at the center, participates. Location: Truland Building, 3330 Washington Blvd., fifth floor, Arlington. Contact: 703/993-1308.

Trade representative — 6:30 p.m. — The Financial Services Forum hosts an address by U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab. Location: Mandarin Oriental hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/457-8765 or 202/395-3230.

Pandemic flu — 6:30 p.m. — Holy Cross Hospital holds a discussion on pandemic flu. Rosalie Collins, safety officer; Mimi Cameron, physician specialist on infectious disease; and Mary Mohyla, director of infection control, participate. Location: Holy Cross Hospital, 1500 Forest Glen Road, Silver Spring. Contact: 301/754-7123.

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