- The Washington Times - Monday, March 23, 2009

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


c Prime Minister Francois Fillon of France, who discusses the global economic crisis in a briefing at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• Alexandr Vondra, deputy prime minister of the Czech Republic and a former Czech ambassador to the United States. He addresses Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies about preparations for the April 5 summit where President Obama will meet with leaders of the European Union.

• Carlos Salas, a professor at Mexico’s College of Tlaxcala and coordinator of the Mexican Institute of Labor Studies. He discusses economic conditions in Mexico in a forum at the Economic Policy Institute.

• Dr. Brian Brink, senior vice president of health at South Africa’s Anglo American Corp. and chairman of the board of directors of the International Women’s Health Coalition. He discusses the fight against HIV/AIDS in a briefing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


• David Bakradze, speaker of the parliament of Georgia, and Kakha Bendukidze, Georgia’s former minister of economy and reform coordination. They address the Cato Institute.

• Shyam Saran, India’s special envoy for climate issues and a former foreign secretary. He addresses the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

• David Lopez and Theresly Malave of the Venezuelan Network of Activists for Peace. They discuss the state of justice in Venezuela at a forum hosted by the Due Process of Law Foundation, Freedom House and the International Commission of Jurists.

• Achim Steiner, undersecretary-general of the U.N. Environment Program, who discusses the preservation of natural resources in a panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. On Wednesday, he addresses a forum hosted by American University and the American Society of International Law.


Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, who addresses a conference on the Cold War at George Mason University.

• Vaclav Bartuska of the Czech Republic, the European Union’s negotiator during the 2009 Russia-Ukraine energy dispute. He joins a panel discussion hosted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

• Liliana Andrea Avila, a Colombian human rights worker with the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace, who addresses the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia, who meets with President Obama. He also speaks at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on the global economic crisis.

Justice Unity Dow of the High Court of Botswana, who receives the annual award of the Women in International Law Interest Group.

Lodi Gyari, special envoy for the Dalai Lama. He discusses the latest Chinese crackdown on Tibet in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Ahed Alhendi, a Syrian ex-political prisoner and founding member of Syrian Youth for Justice; Abdul Razak Eid, co-founder of the Committees for Civil Societies in Syria; and Radwan Ziadeh, founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies. They address the Hudson Institute on the challenges Syria presents to the Obama administration.

Itamar Marcus, director of the Israel-based Palestinian Media Watch, who discusses the “Palestinian hate industry” in a briefing at the Israel Project.


President Hisashi Owada of Japan and Justice Bruno Simms of Germany, members of the International Court of Justice; and Rosalyn Higgins of Britain, a former president of the court. They address the annual meeting of American Society of International Law.

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

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