Monday, October 6, 2008


Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Hage Geingob, minister of trade and industry of Namibia, who addresses the Corporate Council on Africa‘s annual U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference.

Gordon Liu, chairman of the Department of Health, Economics and Management at China’s Beijing University; and Thomas Tsang, controller at the Center for Health Protection of Hong Kong’s Department of Health. They participate in panel discussions at a forum on infectious diseases in China hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Michael Bell, a former Canadian ambassador to Egypt, Israel and Jordan and now a professor of diplomacy at the University of Windsor; and John de Chastelain, a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and former chief of Canada’s defense staff and a co-chairman of the Northern Ireland peace process. They discuss plans to preserve religious sites in Jerusalem at a briefing sponsored by the Middle East Institute and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

S. Chandrashekar of the Indian Institute of Management; K. Kasturirangan, director of the National Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS) of Bangalore, India; L.V. Krishnan of India’s Department of Atomic Energy; R. Nagappa of the Indian Space ResearcOrganization; K. Santhanam, president of the India-Central Asia Foundation; and V. Siddhartha of NIAS. They participate in a panel discussion on India’s space program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

J.J. Singh, governor of India’s Arunachal Pradesh and former chief of staff of the Indian army. He discusses India’s approach to terrorism and insurgency in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.


Gianni De Michelis, former foreign minister of Italy and a current member of the European Parliament. He discusses security issues arising from the Russian invasion of Georgia at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Hugh D. Segal, a member of the Canadian Senate and former chief of staff to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He previews the Oct. 14 Canadian elections.

Elham Mahmoud A. Ibrahim, commissioner for infrastructure and energy at the African Union, and a delegation from Nigeria with Fatima Ibrahim, minister of state for energy; Bolaji Osunsanya, chief executive officer of Oando Gas and Power; and Abba Ruma, minister of agriculture and water sources. They address the Corporate Council on Africa’s annual U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference.


Thelmo Vargas, former finance minister of Costa Rica, who appears at a forum on “radical populism” in Latin America organized by the Hudson Institute’s Center for Latin American Studies.


• Finance Minister Baburam Bhattarai of Nepal, a former leader of the Maoist rebels in the Himalayan nation, who addresses George Washington University’s Sigur Center for Asian Studies.


Joaquin Almunia, the European Commission’s commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, and Christian Noyer, governor of the Bank of France. They address the Peterson Institute on the prospects of the euro becoming the next global currency.


Adam Hradilek, a professor at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in the Czech Republic, and Pavel Litvinov, a leader of Russian protests against Moscow’s invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. They attend a conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring hosted by the Cold War Museum.

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

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