- The Washington Times - Monday, November 16, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium, who discusses European efforts to deal with the global financial crisis, in a briefing at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Brian Lee Crowley, founder of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Canada. He discusses the Canadian experience with national health insurance in a briefing at the Hudson Institute.

Tuesday

Anatoly Gromyko, son of Andrei Gromyko, Soviet foreign minister during much of the Cold War; Ilya Gaiduk, senior staff scientist of the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Alexander Panov, chancellor of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Sergei Rogov, director of the Institute of Canada and the USA of the Russian Academy of Sciences. They participate in a forum about the senior Mr. Gromyko’s impact on U.S.-Soviet relations. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak are also scheduled to speak at the forum, which beings at 9 a.m. at the Russian Embassy. The event is open to the public, but reservations must be made by e-mail to [email protected]

Franjo Stiblar, a professor at the School of Law at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He discusses democracy in former communist countries in Europe in a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Wednesday

Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak of the Slovak Republic, who holds a noon news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which brought down communism in the former Czechoslovakia. Mr. Lajcak also addresses a forum on the anniversary at the Heritage Foundation. Branislav Lichardus, Slovak ambassador to the United States from 1994 to 1998, also will speak at the Heritage forum.

• Former Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, a retired lieutenant-general of the Israel Defense Forces, who discusses a plan for Middle East peace in a briefing at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Aseel al-Awadhi, a member of the Kuwaiti parliament and one of four women elected to the legislature in May; Ziad Baroud, interior minister of Lebanon and a founding member of the Democratic Renewal Movement; Musa Maaytah, minister of political development of Jordan; and Nouzha Skalli, minister of social development, family and solidarity of Morocco. They participate in a forum on democracy and the Middle East sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute.

Gareth Jenkins, an analyst of Turkish affairs based in Istanbul. He addresses the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute of the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

C. Raja Mohan, a professor of South Asian studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He joins a panel discussion on U.S.-India relations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Thursday

Luis Amado, minister of foreign affairs of Portugal; Gunilla Carlsson, minister of international development of Sweden; and Ibrahim Kalin, chief adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. They participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Responding to the Obama Agenda,” at Washington Forum of the Paris-based European Institute for Security Studies.

Romano Prodi, former prime minister of Italy. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Chin-hao Huang of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, who discusses China’s deployment of troops for U.N. peacekeeping operations in a forum at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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