- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2008

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Thomas Becker, Denmark’s chief climate control negotiator, Brice Lalonde, France’s ambassador for climate change, and Janusz Zaleski, Poland’s deputy minister for the environment. They speak at a briefing on preparations for the U.N. climate change conference in December 2009 in Poznan, Poland.


• Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner of France, who addresses trans-Atlantic relations in a speech at the Brookings Institution.

Charles Kelly of the Benfield Hazard Research Center at the University College of London, who addresses a forum on environmental change at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

James Laxer, a political scientist at York University in Toronto, who discusses his book “The Border: Canada, the U.S. and Dispatches From the 49th Parallel,” at a forum on the U.S.-Canadian border at the National Archives.

Enrique Goni, president of Spain’s Caja Navarra Bank, who addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on its program of “civic banking” under which the bank has donated 30 percent of its profits to civic groups.


• Giorgi Baramidze, vice prime minister of Georgia and state minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Marcin Kaczmarski of the Center for Eastern Studies of Warsaw, and Fyodor Lukyanov, Russia in Global Affairs, in Moscow. They speak at an American Enterprise Institute forum on the challenges from Russia facing President-elect Barack Obama.

Aminatou Haidar, a human-rights activist from Western Sahara, who receives the 25th annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

Thompson Ayodele, executive director of the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, of Nigeria, and Daniel Cordova, dean of the School of Economics at the University of Applied Sciences, in Peru. They participate in a panel discussion on free-market solutions to poverty in a daylong forum at the Mayflower Hotel.


King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; President Hu Jintao of China; President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina; President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea; President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia; President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of Congo; President Nicolas Sarkozy of France; Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy; Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain; Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey; Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia; Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India; Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain; Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf of Saudi Arabia; Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia; Labor Minister Ghazi Al-Gosaibi of Saudi Arabia; Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa of Japan; John Tsang, financial secretary of Hong Kong; and Joseph Yam, chief executive of Hong Kong’s Monetary Authority. They are among world leaders who plan to attend President Bush’s emergency summit on the world financial crisis.

• Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail James Morrison.



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