- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


• Norwegians Stein Tonnesson, director of the Oslo-based International Peace Research Institute; Henrik Syse, a senior researcher at the institute, who discusses ethics and energy; and Henrik Urdal, also a senior researcher at the institute, who discusses population pressures and conflicts in separate lectures at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Badiul Alam Majumdar, secretary of Bangladesh’s Citizens for Good Governance, who discusses efforts to combat official corruption and promote democracy in a forum sponsored by InterAction.

• Wang Huaqing of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Shri Leeladhar of the Reserve Bank of India and Shamshad Akhtar of the State Bank of Pakistan. They address the Washington conference of the Institute of International Bankers.

• Laszlo Kovacs, the European Union’s commissioner for taxation and customs union, who holds an 11:30 a.m. briefing at the European Union’s Washington office, 2300 M St. NW.

• Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway, who meets with the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and the Congressional Caucus on Korea at 4 p.m. in Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building.


• Charlie McCreevy, the European Union commissioner for the internal market and services, who addresses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

• Claes Tingvall, director of traffic safety of the Swedish Road Administration, who participates in a Swedish Embassy conference on auto safety.


• Istvan Hiller, Hungary’s minister of education and culture, who attends a reception at the Hungarian Embassy with four contemporary Hungarian artists, Laszlo Feher, Karoly Klimo, Istvan Nadler and Tamas Soos.


• Gustavo Petro, a member of the Colombian Senate from the opposition Alternative Democratic Pole party and a former member of the M-19 guerrilla group. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue.

• David Triesman, Britain’s minister for African affairs, and David Belton, British producer of the new film “Beyond the Gates,” who attend a British Embassy reception and debut of the movie about the genocide in Rwanda.

• Maria Eleni Koppa, vice president of the Athens-based Institute of Strategic and Development Studies, who discusses the Greek view of security in southeastern Europe in a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

• Mahnaz Afkhami of Iran, president and chief executive officer of the Women’s Learning Partnership and former minister for women’s affairs; Sindi Medar-Gould of Nigeria, executive director of Baobab for Women’s Human Rights and chairwoman of the Nigeria Coalition on the International Criminal Court; and Asma Khader of Jordan, a human rights lawyer and women’s advocate at the Permanent Arab Court on Violence Against Women. They discuss challenges facing women in a seminar at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


• President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, who meets with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and members of Congress. He also addresses the Cato Institute.

• A delegation from Nigeria, consisting of: Nasir El-Rufai, minister of the Federal Capital Territory; Reuben Abati, chairman of the editorial board of the Guardian newspapers; Innocent Chukwuma, founder and executive director of the Center for Law Enforcement Education; Jibrin Ibrahim, director of the Center for Democracy and Development; and Rotimi Suberu, professor of politics at the University of Ibadan. They participate in a forum at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

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

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