- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2009


Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Oleh Rybachuk, former chief of staff to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and former deputy prime minister for European integration. He addresses the Brookings Institution and holds meetings with administration officials. Mr. Rybachuk is head of the Suspilnist Foundation, which promotes Ukrainian relations with Europe and the United States.


Shamil A. Aleskerov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador-at-large for energy issues; Pavel Baev of the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo; and Vaclav Bartuska, the Czech Republic’s ambassador-at-large for energy security. They participate in a Jamestown Foundation forum on energy security challenges to Europe and the United States from Eurasia. Mr. Bartuska gives the keynote addresses, and on Wednesday he addresses the German Marshall Fund of the United States on the prospects of another Russian-Ukrainian gas crisis.

Gareth Evans, president of the International Crisis Group and a former foreign minister of Australia, and Yoriko Kawaguchi, former minister, environmental minister and director-general of Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry. They are co-chairmen of the new International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. They address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Ji-won Yang, vice president of the South Korea research university, KAIST, formerly known as the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He discusses environmental policy in Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Marcin Zaborowski of the Paris-based European Union Institute for Security Studies and author of a report on European perspectives on U.S. foreign-policy objectives. He joins a panel discussion on the Obama administration’s relations with Europe at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.


• Canadian Lt. Col. Marcus Besemann, a rehabilitation medicine specialist, Lt. Col. Stephane Grenier, a special adviser on operational stress injuries; Dr. Rakesh Jetly, surgeon-general of the Directorate of Mental Health; and Patrick White, past president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. They address a three-day U.S.-Canadian defense health forum at the Canadian Embassy.

Birame Diop, technical adviser to the Defense Ministry in Senegal. He addresses the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University on reforms in Africa’s armed forces.

Suvash Darnal, founding chairman of the Jagaran Media Center in Nepal, which promotes the rights of the Dalits, also known as “untouchables” in the Hindu caste system. He will address the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University.


Nick Mabey, founding director of London’s E3G environmental consulting firm and a former senior adviser to the prime minister’s Strategy Unit, and Clionadh Raleigh, a lecturer in African issues and environmental policy at Ireland’s Trinity College. They join a panel discussion on environmental and security issues at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Jorge Vargas, a columnist for the Nation in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a professor at the University of Costa Rica. He joins a Hudson Institute panel discussion on democracy in Central America.

Jiang Shixue, deputy director of the Institute of Latin Americans Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He addresses the Inter-American Dialogue on Chinese political and economic goals in Latin America.


Farid Tukhbatullin, chairman of the Turkmenistan Initiative for Human Rights, and Gulam Umarov, president of Sunshine Uzbekistan, which promotes democratic reform. They participate in a panel discussion on human rights in Central Asia at a forum co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch and the National Endowment for Democracy.

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

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