- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2008

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It wasn’t exactly a roast, but a pantheon of geostrategic A-listers turned out last week to mark the 80th birthday of former National Security Adviser and prolific author Zbigniew Brzezinski.

At a packed symposium at the Mayflower Hotel organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser under the first President Bush, reminisced about the day the Soviet Union collapsed; and Henry Kissinger, secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford, broke down the winners and losers in last century’s Great Power Game; and CBS News correspondent Bob Schieffer interviewed Mr. Brzezinski on the strategic road ahead.

But it was not all deep thoughts and chin-stroking, according to our correspondent David R. Sands.

On one panel, Charles Gati, a scholar at Johns Hopkins University, recalled that the Polish-born Mr. Brzezinski played a critical role in the 1960s and 1970s in neutralizing conservative charges that the Democrats were soft on the Soviet Union.

Republicans “rarely attacked him,” Mr. Gati said.

“In the first place, that was because [Mr. Brzezinski] had solid anti-communist credentials. And secondly, no Republican could pronounce his name.”

By “sharp contrast,” Mr. Gati noted, “the Soviets denounced him incessantly, because of his anti-communist stands and because they couldpronounce his name.”

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Dimitrij Rupel, foreign minister of Slovenia and president of the European Union’s General Affairs and External Relations Council. He meets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley.

Daniel Calleja Crespo, director of the European Commission Air Transport Directorate. He meets Robert A. Sturgell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration; Kip Hawley, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration; and Rep. James L. Oberstar, Minnesota Democrat and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

• A Turkish delegation with Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul; Mehmet Simsek, minister of state for economic affairs; and Kursad Tuzmen, minister of state for foreign trade. They attend the 27th annual conference of the American-Turkish Council.


Pope Benedict XVI, who will be greeted by President Bush upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. On Wednesday, the pope attends a formal ceremony at the White House, meets privately with Mr. Bush and attends a dinner in his honor at the White House.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a senior member of the Indian Parliament who addresses the World Affairs Council of Washington and the Heritage Foundation on the U.S.-India nuclear power agreement.


Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, who meets President Bush.

Arman Grigorian, spokesman for former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian, and Vigen Sargsian, assistant to Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. They testify before the congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe at 2 p.m. in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.


President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, who meets President Bush.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, who attends a weekend gala of the U.S.-Baltic Foundation.

Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, secretary-general of Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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

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