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Special Committee Meeting
June 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The U.S. Department of State maintains the International Visitor Leadership Program, which exposes participants to a range of policy views in the public and private sectors. A group is visiting Des Moines in June. The Iowa International Center invited the Committee to host this group, from Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, most of whom are editors or journalists. They are not experts on U.S. foreign policy, but we expect them to be knowledgeable and able to share the views of the people in their countries. We have not hosted a group like this in recent years, so we are not entirely sure what to expect. Nevertheless, we anticipate a very interesting discussion, one in which panel members may solicit your views on various issues.
Bulgaria – Mr. Nikola Antonov MITOV
Chief Expert, International Department, Bulgarian Socialist Party
Estonia – Ms. Olesja LAGASINA
Editor-in-Chief, Postimees (Russian language edition)
Germany – Ms. Antje SCHIPPMANN
Sweden – Mr. Martin HENRIKSSON EKENSTEEN
U.S. and NATO Desk Officer, The Swedish Joint Headquarters
Turkey – Ms. Betul BERISE
Foreign News Editor, Cumhuriyet daily
United Kingdom – Ms. Paula Leslie HARRISON
Deputy Head of Department, Cyber Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office