- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

DIPLOMATIC TRAFFIC

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Monday

Markus Loning, a member of the German parliament from the Free Democratic Party, and Dieter Roth, a political scientist from the University of Heidelberg. They join a panel discussion on the German election at the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, head of the Israel Defense Force international media and communications division.

Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European studies at Britain’s Oxford University, who joins a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution on Ireland’s second vote on the European constitution more than a year after Irish voters rejected the measure.

Anwar Ibrahim, opposition leader and former deputy prime minister of Malaysia, who addresses Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies on the prospects for Southeast Asia in the 21st century.

Ziya Meral, a specialist on religious freedom in the Middle East at Britain’s Cambridge University, who addresses the Hudson Institute on Muslims who convert to other religions.

Tuesday

• The Dalai Lama, who receives the Lantos Human Rights Prize in the Congressional Auditorium of the Capitol Visitor Center.

Wahidullah Shahrani, minister of commerce and industry of Afghanistan, who discusses the economic future of his country in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.

Meglena Kuneva, commissioner for consumer affairs of the European Commission, who discusses global challenges to consumer protection in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.

Linda Jakobson of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, who addresses the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on climate issues and China.

Wednesday

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of Pakistan, who addresses the Council on Foreign Relations on “Pakistan: Beyond the War on Terror.”

Tony Blair, former prime minister of Britain; Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway; and Sheik Mustafa Efendi Ceric, the grand mufti of Bosnia. They address a conference on Muslim-Christian relations at Georgetown University.

Zhanar Aitzhanova, vice minister of industry and trade of Kazakhstan; Ghulomjon Bobozoda, minister of economic development and trade of Tajikistan; Elyor Ganiev, minister of foreign economic relations of Uzbekistan; Bashimmyrat Hojamammedov, minister of economy and development of Turkmenistan; Akylbek Japarov, minister of economic development and trade of Kyrgyzstan; and Wahidullah Shahrani, minister of commerce and industries of Afghanistan. They address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Ali Gomaa, the grand mufti of Egypt, who discusses the “challenge of moderation in Islam” in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.

Bujar Bukoshi, a member of the Kosovo parliament and former prime minister of the Kosova government in exile, who discusses the future of Kosovo in a briefing at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies.

Thursday

Janne Kuusela, a defense policy adviser for the Finish Defense Ministry; Boyko Noev, former Bulgarian defense minister; and Sven Sakkov, Estonia’s undersecretary of defense. They discuss NATO’s relations with the Republic of Georgia in a forum at the Atlantic Council.

Xu Kuangdi, president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a former mayor of Shanghai. He discusses climate issues in an address to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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