- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2008

SENATE

Meets at 2 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601 or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Meets at 12:30 p.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020 or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

U.S.-Turkey relations — all day — The American-Turkish Council holds the 27th annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations. Speakers and participants include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Minister of State for Economic Affairs Mehmet Simsek, State and Trade Minister Kursad Tuzmen and Minister of Defense Vecdi Gonul. Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Contact: 202/857-2215.

Anti-Defamation League — all day — The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) holds its National Leadership Conference.

Highlights — 8 a.m. — Ambassador of Israel to the U.S. Sallai Meridor speaks on challenges facing Israel.

8:45 a.m. — Speaking for the Presidential Candidates: A Surrogates Forum

12:15 p.m. — President Bush: A video address

12:30 p.m. — Presentation of the ADL Courage to Care Award to Eduardo Propper de Callejon, wartime Spanish First Secretary in Bordeaux, in recognition of his historic rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. Acceptance: Mr. de Callejon’s son Felipe Propper de Callejon. Remarks: Carlos Westendorp, ambassador of Spain to the U.S.

1:30 p.m. — Special session on the eve of the pope’s visit to the U.S. on the state of Catholic-Jewish relations

2 p.m. — Presentation of the ADL Cardinal Bea Interfaith Award to Cardinal William H. Keeler

2:30 p.m. — Remarks: Expectations for Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit, by Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 212/885-7747.

Humanitarian crisis — 8:30 a.m. — A coalition of nongovernmental organizations, including InterAction, Refugee Council USA, International Rescue Committee, and Education for Peace in Iraq, convene to provide the latest on-the-ground perspective of the deepening humanitarian crisis in Iraq and discussing the best way forward from the crisis. Topics of discussion include understanding the conflict in Iraq and current trends; understanding the displaced and most vulnerable; assessing the U.S. and international response to the crisis; and finding the best way forward: reconciliation, recovery, relief and development.

Location: George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Jack Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/585-2838.

Associated Press meeting — all day — The Associated Press holds its annual meeting and luncheon.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — Annual meeting with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. Chairman of the AP Board of Directors Dean Singleton and AP President and CEO Tom Curley will report to the membership.

1 p.m. — Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama will speak and be interviewed at the AP annual luncheon.

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Contact: 212/621-1730.

Financial literacy — 9:30 a.m. — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. holds a news conference to announce its new Money Smart for Young Adults financial education program.

Location: Hope Community Public School, 6200 Kansas Ave. NE. Contact: 202/898-6992.

Killer drugs — 9:30 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) hosts a discussion, “Cracking Down on Killer Drugs: Dora Akunyili and the Nigerian Success Story.” Dora Akunyili, director general of the country”s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, will be introduced by Tom Woods of the Heritage Foundation. Roger Bate of AEI moderates.

Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4870.

Economic growth — 10 a.m. — The Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Commission on Growth & Development will jointly host a discussion on the role of economic growth in reducing poverty in developing nations. Special attention will be given to the effects of recent financial market turmoil on global development. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin, a member of the Hamilton Project Advisory Council and the Growth Commission, will give welcoming remarks. Nobel Laureate A. Michael Spence, chairman of the Growth Commission, will provide an overview of a new paper he co-authored with Mohamed A. El-Erian, “Growth Strategies and Dynamics: Insights from Country Experiences.” A panel of Hamilton Project and Growth Commission experts will discuss these growth challenges and propose policy responses to help developing nations move forward in this era of global uncertainty.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest, ballroom. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Report release — 10:15 a.m. — The Institute of Medicine holds a news conference to release a report that recommends ways to avert further health care problems as the growing number of older patients outpaces the number of health care workers with required skills.

Location: National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW, auditorium. Contact: 202/334-2138.

Caucasus jitters — 12 p.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty hosts a briefing by Richard Giragosian, a contributing analyst for Jane’s Information Group; and Cory Welt, associate director of the Eurasian Strategy Project at Georgetown University, who will discuss “Caucasus Jitters: Political Instability in Georgia and Armenia and What it Means for Regional Security.”

Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, fourth floor, Conference Room A. Contact: 202/457-6992.

Mideast settlements — 12 p.m. — The Foundation for Middle East Peace and the New America Foundation hosts a talk, “Choosing Settlements over Peace” with Hagit Ofran, head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch, on West Bank settlement construction since Annapolis.

Location: New America Foundation, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW, seventh floor. Contact: 202/986-2700, ext. 315.

Native American children — 12 p.m. — The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Indian Child Welfare Association and other groups will hold a briefing on the unique social, legal and cultural challenges facing at-risk American Indian/Alaska Native children in the child welfare system.

Location: Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: Macon Morehouse, 202/724-3303.

Global Governance Watch — 12 p.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) hosts an event, “Dictating Norms: Who Decides What Is Right for the World?” and discusses the inauguration of Global Governance Watch, a Web-based resource that addresses issues of transparency and accountability in the United Nations, NGOs and related international organizations.

Highlights — 12 p.m. — Introduction: Danielle Pletka of AEI and Leonard A. Leo of the Federalist Society

12:10 p.m. — Keynote speaker: John R. Bolton of AEI

12:30 p.m. — Panelists: Ronald A. Cass of the Center for the Rule of Law, Grover Joseph Rees III of the State Department and Claudia Rosett of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Moderator: James P. Kelly III of the Federalist Society

1:30 p.m. — Introduction of Global Governance Watch Web site. Presenters: David Peyton of AEI and Alyssa Luttjohann of the Federalist Society

Location: AEI, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4870.

Arab world poll — 2 p.m. — The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings Institution hosts the release of a new University of Maryland/Zogby International opinion poll reflecting public attitudes the Arab world. The survey polled citizens in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates on a range of current issues confronting Middle Eastern nations. Saban Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami will present his latest polling research and key findings from the five-nation study.

Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Falk Auditorium. Contact: 202/797-4396.

Israel at 60 — 4 p.m. — George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies will host Ambassador Samuel Lewis, U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Carter and Reagan administrations, and Aaron David Miller, public policy scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, to discuss “Israel at 60: Borders, Identity and the Search for Security.” The event will be moderated by GW professor of international affairs Amitai Etzioni.

Location: George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E. St. NW, Lindner Family Commons, Room 602. Contact: 202/994-3087.

Spies — 4:30 p.m. — Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion, “Spies: Future Challenges for U.S. Intelligence” with John McLaughlin, former acting director of the CIA; Ron Kessler, journalist and author; and Burton Gerber, retired CIA officer.

Location: SAIS, Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Irish design — 5:30 p.m. — As part of the last lecture of the CUA School of Architecture and Planning’s Spring lecture series, “An Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage,” Lorcan O’Herlihy of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Los Angeles will speak on his philosophy of “Ruthless Optimism.”

Location: Catholic University of America, Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Koubek Auditorium. Contact: 202/319-5600.

Media and Islam — 8 p.m. — American University hosts “An American Forum: The Media and Islam,” a panel discussion about the depiction of Islam in American and international media, and the effect it has on public opinion and policy.

Location: American University, Ward Circle Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 1. Contact: 202/885-5951.

Compiled by the Associated Press and The Washington Times

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