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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
Editor, BILD

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


June 20
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Wakonda Club
3915 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321 United States




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