- The Washington Times - Friday, October 23, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington next week include:

Monday

-Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU commissioner for trade; and Ewa Bjorling, Swedish minister for trade. They address the Center for Trans-Atlantic Relations at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

-Mahnaz Afkhami, president and chief executive officer of the Women’s Learning Partnership of Iran; Wajeeha al-Baharna, vice president of the Bahrain Women’s Association; Asma Khader, general coordinator of the Sisterhood Is Global Institute of Jordan; and Rabea Naciri, founding member of the Women’s Democratic Association of Morocco. They address a forum on women in the Middle East, sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy and the Women’s Learning Partnership.

-Marina Silva, a senator from the Brazilian state of Acre, who discusses preparations for the Copenhagen climate summit in a forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

-Jean Pisani-Ferry, a leading French economist and director of the Bruegel Institute in Brussels. He addresses the Brookings Institution on the trans-Atlantic economy.

-Rana Husseini, a journalist with the Jordan Times, who discusses so-called “honor killings” in the Middle East in a briefing at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

-Capt. Jiafu Wei, the chief executive officer of China’s national shipping carrier and one of the most influential businessmen in China. He discusses U.S.-China trade relations at a luncheon at the National Press Club.

Tuesday

-A delegation from the European Parliament with Kriton Arsenis of Greece and Jo Leinen of Germany, members of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats; Bairbre de Brun of Britain, a member of the Confederal Group of the European United Left-Nordic Green Left; Bas Eickhout of the Netherlands, a member of the Greens/European Free Alliance; Elisabetta Gardini of Italy, a member of the European People’s Party; Vladko Todorov Panayotov of Bulgaria, a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe; and Anna Rosbach of Denmark, a member of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group. They meet members of Congress to discuss the Copenhagen climate summit and hold a news breakfast Thursday at the European Commission office.

-Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister and minister mentor of Singapore, who receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

-Boris Begovic of the Center for Liberal-Democratic Studies in Serbia; Daniel Cordova of the Investment Institute of Peru; and Jesus Estanislao of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia. They address a forum organized by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Mr. Begovic discusses the impact of the global economic crisis on Europe in a forum Wednesday, sponsored by CIPE and the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

-Zoran Milovic, deputy country representative, and Sunil Pillai, technical adviser and program officer, of the Asia Foundation in Afghanistan. They release a comprehensive public opinion poll, “Afghanistan in 2009, A Survey of the Afghan People,” at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Thursday

-Aristotle Tziampiris, an assistant professor of international and European studies at the University of Piraeus in Greece. He discusses Greece’s foreign relations with the Balkans, Cyprus and Turkey in a briefing at the Southeast Europe Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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