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AROUNDTOWNMeryl Streep shines ...................... 

WNO Opening Night .......................................................

OVERTHEMOONAll that "jass" and movies, too ...... 

EDITOR'SLETTER.......................................................... 

Noche de Gala ...................................................................

CHARITYSPOTLIGHTRic Edelman on the importance of surpporting nurses...................................................... 

FYIDC

Innocents at Risk Benefit.....................................................

INSIDER'SGUIDE Jewel and polo delights .................. 

The Ambassadors Ball......................................................... 

SOCIALCALENDAR Gala season gets rolling............ 

Eden's Mid-Summer Rooftop Party ..................................... 

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Abbey Road on the River ....................................................

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HOLLYWOODONTHEPOTOMAC Dr. Sanjay

PEN/Faulkner Gala ..........................................................

Gupta honored at Children's Law Center benefit ............... 

Arena Stage Reception ........................................................

CHARITYSPOTLIGHTLocal changemakers comment on the state of District schools ........................................... 

Book Party for Nancy Brinker .............................................

"Waiting for Superman" premiere .................................. 

POLLYWOODFEATUREDonald Trump talks golf and the New York mosque controversy ................................... 

Noche de Gala Salon Dinner .......................................  Plastic Pollution Coalition ...................................................

EMBASSYROWInside the Egyptian embassy residence ..  RENEWSAutumn's abundance ..........................................  OPENHOUSEPrime properties for sale............................  HOMELIFEFEATUREPenny Yerks talks real estate ..... 

MYWASHINGTONJapanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki's favorite places ....................................................................

Presentation of AILA Award to Susan Blumenthal ................

SPECIALFEATURE

WLFASHIONPlaying house at 1801 Foxhall ................ 

AMBASSADORSDIRECTORY..................................

TRENDREPORTJungle Queen ..............................

WELCOMETOWASHINGTONNew ambassadors to the nation's capital..........................................................

DIPLOMATICGIFTSAdvice from former Chief of Protocol Mary Mel French..................................................................... SCANDALOUS!Yesteryear's diplomatic scandals ...........  WOMENDIPLOMATSfemale leaders ...........................

FEATURESTORYSpecial School for Diplomats ..............  HISTORICALLANDSCAPES"Citizen Philanthropy" helps restore Massachusetts Avenue .................................

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LIFESTYLES

THEATERFEATUREMolly Smith prepares Arena Stage's homecoming celebration ...............................................

PARTIESPARTIESPARTIES ..................................... 

ONTHECOVERExploring Embassy Row. (Illustration by Mary Endres) FROMTOPLEFTOn Cat: MARCBYMARCJACOBS multicolored sweater ($298) and TORYBURCH blue skinny jeans ($195); Bloomingdale’s, www.bloomingdales.com. PATTERSON J KINKAID olive pocket T-shirt ($88) and KOOL KREATIONS wired brass cuff ($28); South Moon Under, www.southmoonunder. com. CHASSCHWARTZ gray earrings with diamonds ($3,260); Chas Schwartz & Son Jewelers, www.chasschwartz.com. On David: HOWE black and white pinstripe button down shirt ($95); South Moon Under, www.southmoonunder.com. THE MEN’S STOREBLOOMINGDALE’Sgray wool sweater with blue stripe ($225); Bloomingdale’s, www.bloomingdales.com. (Photo by Gary Landsman) / Ambassador La Celia Prince of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Harold Doley III at the 32nd annual Ambassadors Ball. (Photo by Alfredo Flores)./ Donald Trump on the grounds of his golf course. (Photo by Tony Powell)

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Envoys Extraordinare Your essential guide to Embassy Row and the Diplomatic Corps

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of Lowes Island Club earlier this year has o many titles to get straight: ambassador, us wondering whether the renamed (and minister, consul, deputy chief of lavishly remodeled) Trump National Golf mission, chargé d’affaires, counselor, Club will also function as his very own attaché – not to mention all those first, political salon. second, and third secretaries! The diplomatic Speaking of prestigious addresses, you corps is bigger than ever these days, with won’t want to miss our “Honey, I’m Home” thousands of accredited representatives from fashion editorial, set against the backdrop of nearly 200 countries working in Washington. 1801 Foxhall’s luxury custom-homes, where As most nations assign only the best and our models gamely played the handsome brightest en poste here, these consummate couple – dressed in the latest fashions, of professionals represent the crème de la crème Nancy Bagley and course. of their respective foreign affairs policy-making Chris Matthews at the Any couple would have been happy to establishments. Most go about their business “Waiting for Superman” premiere. (Photo by Kyle Samperton) attend one of the many events we covered with quiet aplomb, blending seamlessly within this month, from Washington National the fabric of everyday life in the capital. Those who participate in the city’s vibrant social scene are sure Opera’s lavish opening night masked gala (where newly confirmed to meet many of these suave, urbane, and accomplished individuals Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan made her social debut), to at various philanthropic functions – an extraordinarily large number the always muy caliente Noche de Gala and the Innocents at Risk of which are hosted at embassies and ambassadorial residences as a benefit. We also went to Nancy Brinker’s book party (graced by goodwill gesture to their American hosts. Average residents might First Lady Laura Bush) celebrating her touching – and now bestnot have much contact with the diplomatic corps at all, apart selling – memoir, and the “Waiting for Superman” premiere (with perhaps from seeing their special license plates. (Yes, most do pay contributions from Davis Guggenheim and George Stevens on the state of public education in Washington). their parking tickets!) More is in store next month with coverage of the Meridian Ball, Contributing editors Gail Scott and Roland Flamini helped update our ambassadors directory to ensure that all the newly the Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala, and the Charity Works credentialed envoys and their spouses are listed (more than 40 Dream Ball in addition to many of the 20 events Washington Life is changed in the past year) along with correct contact information sponsoring in October, including the Arena Stage Gala, the Susan B. Komen Foundation’s 30th anniversary, the DC Education Fund for embassies and residences. As usual, we’ve added a few special sections as well. These Benefit (orchestrated by George Stevens at the Kennedy Center include a record number of women ambassadors; ambassadorial with lots of celebrities), the World Team Tennis fundraiser with spouses (there are more than a few “husbands of ” these days); a the Elton John Foundation and many others noted on our social profile of Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry and his wife Suzy calendar. We hope to see you there. inside their opulent residence; and a look back at Embassy Row scandals of yesteryear. Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki graces our pages with his own personal “My Washington” favorites and we have a fascinating story about the “special training” U.S. envoys receive before being posted abroad. (As you may have guessed, it’s Nancy R. Bagley not about protocol or dietary customs.) Editor in Chief Another special feature this month is Associate Publisher John Arundel’s exclusive interview with Donald Trump, whose purchase Readers wishing to contact Nancy Bagley can email her at info@washingtonlife.com

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HORSING AROUND Who says the fun stops when summer is over? The 73rd INTERNATIONAL GOLD CUP races, held near The Plains, Va., will be buzzing with excitement and activity when more than 50,000 spectators gather for a day in horse country. The races are sure to provide a perfect autumn afternoon replete with friends, food, and an incredible scene. Make sure to dress in your best hunt country attire. After all, the horses may be the center of attention on the field, but fashion does come first on the sidelines. The event benefits the Great Meadow Foundation. October 16; near The Plaints,Va.; 540-3472612; www.vagoldcup.com.

Fashion Forward

ICEYOURSELF Ladies looking to add sparkle to their lives won’t want to miss this event. The National Portrait Gallery will certainly shine when CHASSCHWARTZ&SON hosts a dazzling party to honor jewelry designer Michael Beaudry. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with the renowned artist, who is known to craft pieces starting at $20,000 up to $200,000. October 14; National Portrait Gallery; www.chasschwartz.com.

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GREEN WITHENVY Anyone who is anyone in Washington knows the definitive list of who’s “in” and who’s “out” can be found between the green felt covers of THEGREEN BOOK. This year, new editor and lifelong Washingtonian Beth Ann Newton takes the helm of the 80th edition of The Social List of Washington, D.C., (it’s official name by the way) and hopes to introduce a whole new generation of social butterflies to the book. For more information, go to www.thegreenbookdc.com.

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CHICBOUTIQUE New York fashion week may be over for the season, but a major fashion event is just getting started across the Potomac. From Oct. 7 to 19, over 62 shops will participate in ALEXANDRIABOUTIQUE WEEK, featuring discounts on everything from fall fashion to chic home décor. Participants even have a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree. For more information, go to www.visitalexandriava.com.

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Meridian International Center marks a major milestone this year as it celebrates its big “5-0.” Guests will celebrate efforts to strengthen international SPONSORED understanding at this major Washington event. Meridian International Center; 9 p.m.; embassy-hosted pre-ball dinner and ball, $650;WhiteMeyer dinner and ball, $400; black-tie; contact Leonor Chiarella, 202-939-5574, lchiarella@meridian.org.

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Held at the always spectacular National Building Museum, the evening includes dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to benefit Friendship Public Charter SPONSORED School, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and Intrepid Fallen Heroes. National Building Museum; 6 p.m.; $1,500 per couple; black-tie; contact Sat Suko, 703-286-0758, charityworks@aol.com.

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Expect Capital for Children to up the ante at its annual Casino Night when young financial industry professionals play craps and blackjack games to benefit local children in need. LongView Gallery; SPONSORED 7:30 p.m.; $125; casual cocktail attire; contact Michelle McCann, 703-747-1964, michelle. mccann@ey.com.

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Join the Shakespeare Theatre Company in a tribute to William Shakespeare’s Italy at this elegant red-carpet event with dinner and dancing. Proceeds support SPONSORED the company’s education and outreach programs. Sidney Harman Hall and the National Building Museum; 6 p.m.; $750; black-tie; contact Joanne Coutts, 202-547-3230 ext. 2330, hcgala@ shakespearetheatre.org.

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Habitat for Humanity’s “Thanks a Million!” gala salutes the life and service of two of its most famous volunteers, SPONSORED Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, on World Habitat Day.The event kicks off a week of building activities that will engage over a thousand volunteers in neighborhood revitalization in six U.S. cities. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium; 6 p.m.; $1,000; cocktail attire; contact Sarah Lapeyre, 703-7142368, slapeyre@hayespr.com.

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Celebrities and entertainers from around the world, including Trisha Yearwood and Trevor Romain, travel to D.C. to support the USO’s efforts to boost SPONSORED morale in the U.S. Armed Forces serving overseas Marriott Wardman Park Hotel; 6:30 p.m.; $1,000; black-tie or military uniform; contact Stacey Hackner, 703-908-6453, shacker@uso.org.

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More than 3,000 guests will gather at this annual fundraiser to support Human Rights Campaign efforts in behalf of the LGBT community. With SPONSORED last year’s star-studded performances by Lady Gaga and the stars of “Glee,” we can only imagine the surprises HRC has in store for us this year. Walter E.Washington Convention Center; 5:30 p.m.; $275; black-tie optional; contact Joshua Meyer, 202-572-8911, joshua.meyer@hrc.org.

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Founded two years ago by Goldy Kamali, FedScoop is a government media and marketing company that organizes FedTalks – a meeting place SPONSORED where federal community leaders can exchange ideas. This year’s event will welcome luminaries such as Arianna Huffington and Craig’s List founder Craig Newmark. The reception will feature DJ Donald Syriani and comedian Remy. Sidney Harman Hall; 5:30 p. m.; $350; Register online at fedtalks.com.

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Over 300 influential community leaders will be on hand for this special com memorative evening emceed by Chris Matthews. Rep. Donna Edwards will SPONSORED present a posthumous award to former Arca Foundation President Smith Bagley for his longtime championship of democracy. DC Vote Grassroots leader Kathy Schmidt and Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal will also be honored. Renaissance Mayflower Hotel; 6:30 p.m.; $175; business attire; contact Abby Levine, 202-462-6000 ext. 17, alevine@dcvote.org.

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Join education activists at this annual benefit honoring Steven Goldstein for his support of Higher Achievement’s scholars and staff. Make sure SPONSORED to catch a special performance by middle school students honoring the group’s

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R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The Washington Hilton; 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner; $400; black-tie; contact Elissa Rufino, 202-939-3106. INOVAHEALTHSYSTEMGALA

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“Honoring the Promise” recognizes the 30th anniversary of Nancy G. Brinker’s promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in SPONSORED her power to rid the world of breast cancer. The evening will feature award presentations to Laura Bush, Rep. John D. Dingell, Michelle Fenty, Dr.V. Craig Jordan, Dr. Mary-Claire King, Dr. Lasalle D. Leffall Jr., and Ida Odinga. Kennedy Center; $500; black-tie; contact Ariel Metzger, 202636-8745, ariel@campbellpeachey.com.

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This year marks NIAF’s 35th anniversary. Among the honorees are Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton Worldwide; Joseph Uva, CEO of UniSPONSORED vision Communications Inc.; Aurelio De Laurentiis, Italian film producer and president of the Naples Soccer Club;Tom Izzo, head coach of men’s basketball at Michigan State University; and Dr. Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief at the

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A festive evening of socializing and networking that includes dinner, an auction, and live entertainment by “Queen of Disco” Gloria Gaynor. Over 850 donors SPONSORED and supporters are expected, including politicians, physicians, and Inova team members. The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner; 6 p.m.; $250; blacktie; contact Kim Perry Ellis, 703-289-2012.

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Celebrate the grand re-opening of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The special evening will include cocktails, dinner, and an SPONSORED exclusive one-night performance featuring Tony Award-winning singer Brian Stokes Mitchell, President and Mrs. Obama are the honorary chairmen, along with Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater; 6:30 p.m.; $1,500 and $2,500; black-tie; contact April Irwin, 202-554-9066 ext. 207, amirwin@arenastage.org.

Join business leaders, captains of industry, politicians, and the DC Education Fund in saluting Washington’s most dedicated and inspiring SPONSORED teachers, who work in D.C.’s public and charter schools. Proceeds will help these outstanding educators continue their good works in behalf of the city’s youth. Kennedy Center; 6:30 p.m.; Contact info@dceducationfund.org.

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mission to prepare for high school and beyond. The Warner Theatre; 6:30 p.m. performance and awards, 7:30 p.m. reception; $300; business attire; contact Cara Leidy, 202-375-7709, cleidy@higherachievement.org.

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Capital Hospice honors Dr. Elisabeth Simms and other community partners who have promoted the organization’s mission to improve care for those facing life-limiting illnesses. A reception and silent auction start off the night before dinner and dancing to a live band. The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner; 6:30 p.m.; $500; black-tie; contact Catherine Sanders, 703-538-2037, csanders@capitalhospice.org.

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Barbara Wynne and Robin Fitch, co-chairs of last year’s CharityWorks Dream Ball. (Photo by Tony Powell)

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The March of Dimes hosts this entertainment-packed event featuring over 30 local chefs preparing their signature dishes. Silent and live SPONSORED auctions will take place, with hotel stays and dining packages among the items up for bid. The Ritz-Carlton Washington; 6 p.m. tastings and silent auction, 7:45 p.m. live auction; 8:30 p.m. dessert; contact Nicole Vagnerini, 703824-0111 ext. 19, nvagnerini@marchofdimes. com.

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This year marks Sibley Hospital’s tenth annual “Celebration of Hope & Progress” gala to benefit its cancer services and programs. SPONSORED Guests won’t want to miss the always-spectacular silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing. National Building Museum; 7 p.m.; starting at $500; black-tie;

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NOVEMBER The Lombardi Gala NOVEMBER Fight For Children’s Fight Nig ht NOVEMBER Heroines In Technology Award s NOVEMBER Starlight Children’s Foundatio n Gala NOVEMBER The Kidney Ball NOVEMBER Captial City Ball DECEMBER Choral Arts Society Holiday Concert & Gala

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HONORING THE PROMISE Three decades of global impact in the fight against breast cancer ®

Benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure

October 16, 2010 The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

30th Anniversary of the Promise Thirty years ago, Nancy G. Brinker made her dying sister a promise: to do everything in her power to end breast

cancer forever. On October 16, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will commemorate this milestone with “Honoring the

Promise,” with Master of Ceremonies Robin Roberts. This special event will recognize the scientists, community

leaders, international advocates and lawmakers who have made progress against this disease possible.

For event information please call 202-636-8745 or visit komen.org/HonoringThePromise

©2010 Susan G. Komen for the Cure ® The Running Ribbon is a registered trademark of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


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Actress Giselle Itié and Adrienne Arsht strike a pose at Noche de Gala. (Photo by Tony Powell)

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MASKEDSPLENDOR Patrons carried the title theme of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera one step beyond the usual Washington pale by donning masks at a lively Venetian-style gala hosted by Italian Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata and Antonella Cinque. Whether beaded, brocaded, plastic, or silk, lots of “new faces” made the scene in unique and amusing ways — despite scant time to pose before the postperformance dinner dance got underway around 11 p.m. WELCOMETO Newly-swornin Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, making her first appearance at a high-end social event at the behest of senior colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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MUY CALIENTE! Once again Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Merel Julia, and Felix Sanchez of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts – a non-profit dedicated to promoting Latinos in front of and behind the camera – put together one of Washington’s most exciting fall galas. The gala raised scholarship money and honored talk show host Cristina Saralegui, actress Giselle Itie, and Harvard Sophomore Eric Balderas. The dinner, underwri%en by Ford Motors, Nielsen, and United Airlines also featured music by Grammy-nominated Frankie Negrón. The exclusive Washington Life a(er-party at Gazuza Lounge kept the action going late. IN THE CASA Reps. Lore a Sanchez, Ruben Hinojosa and Charles Gonzalez, Commerce Dept.’s Francisco Sanchez, OAS Amb. Carmen Lomelin, and actors Benito Martinez, Aimee Garcia, Jesse Garcia, Tony Plana and Jeremy Ray Valdez. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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FIGHTING FOR THE CHILDREN Members of the diplomatic corps gathered with community leaders at the Canadian Embassy to raise funds for Innocents at Risk and to spread awareness about the problem of human trafficking. The group’s founder, Deborah Sigmund, joined Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer in educating guests on the local and international dangers of modern day slavery. IN THE CROWD Swedish Amb. Jonas Hafström, Marilyn Harris, Sandra Fiorini, Katheleen Dunn, Bill Erickson, Christina Carter, and Joan Haas. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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TITILLATINGTOPICWith esteemed authors focusing on “Indiscretions,” it was hardly shocking that the readings got a bit steamy at this year’s PEN/ Faulkner Awards. Polite applause nonetheless greeted even those who tested the limits on a night when literary license is both expected and encouraged. OLD GUARD FAVORITE: Patrons from the literary and social worlds wouldn’t dream of missing the always-sold-out affair that usually draws a senator or two (Thad Cochran and Patrick Leahy are longtime patrons) and features one of the most elegant seated dinners in town. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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LET ME DOWN EASY

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conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith

based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

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AT HOME AT THE ZOO directed by Mary Robinson

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Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Nancy Brinker’s memoir hit the New York Times Bestseller List at Number 6 in early October.

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TOPNOTCHAFFAIR With flowing Champagne, an A-list turnout, and a jazz band pumping out peppy tunes, the reception honoring Nancy Brinker upon publication of her memoir, Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer, was as buzz-worthy as a book party gets in Washington. WHOLE NEW DIMENSION: Guest preparing to depart stopped in their tracks when former First Lady Laura Bush stopped by to pay her respects to the author, who served as chief of protocol in her husband’s administration. CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION: News that the book, which chronicles how sisterly love helped catalyze women around the world to fight breast cancer, will debut at Number 6 on the New York Times Bestseller List in October.

Hadassah Lieberman and Annie Totah, chairwoman of the Oct. 16 gala marking the 30th anniversary of the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure.

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Doctor & Director Dr. Sanjay Gupta honored for child health advocacy efforts and film director Dave Rodriguez speaks out on the roots of home-grown terrorism J A N E T D O N O VA N

LIFEANDDEATHISSUES By all accounts, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a celebrity, although we’re not sure he would want to be called that. The handsome and charismatic CNN correspondent is a face seen ’round the world, best known for his dedication to bringing the tragedies of others to a worldwide landscape. The Children’s Law Center honored the neurosurgeon on the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace recently for raising awareness about health and wellness issues having an impact on victims of natural tragedies. It was the group’s 10th annual Helping Children Soar benefit cochaired by Diana Goldberg and May Liang and their honoree received the 2010 Distinguished Child Advocate Award. We asked Gupta about his recent visit to Pakistan, a nation devastated by intense flooding. “Twenty percent of the country is under water, so it’s pretty hard to access some of the places. We go to the outskirts of these areas and look at the relief camps, but it’s impossible to really get any idea of how devastated the area is right now. It’s terrible, a swath of water. A way of life is washed away,” he said, “so it’s going to be a long process of rebuilding.” While Gupta and his colleagues are protected health-wise on these missions, it doesn’t prepare them for the emotional effect. “Dealing with life and death is always hard for a doctor,” he said, “but as a journalist you have to believe that what you are doing has virtue; that people are going to see the stories and feel compelled to respond in some way.” Some, he noted, will react compassionately with offers of help and money. Others, however, will be more “voyeuristic” and he does worry about that. “I believe we are doing some good,” he said. “As a doctor, sometimes I have two

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roles out there. You are very proactive, but it’s emotionally tough.” Gupta said he turned down the Obama Administration’s offer to be surgeon general because he wouldn’t have been able to practice neurosurgery as well, which he didn’t realize going into the process. Guests at the event included Mariella and Michael Trager, Deborah Sigmund, and attorney Brian Nysebaum. Covington and Burling received the Pro Bono Champion Award.

ANYTOWN Pastor Terry Jones threatened to burn the Koran on 9/11 but was dissuaded by outrage from all sides of the issue. Director/producer Dave Rodriguez was appalled by his actions and didn’t mince words on Jones. “It’s ignorant, stupid and extreme,” he said. “People like that endanger the lives of our soldiers.” Rodriguez has a movie coming out this winter called “Anytown” that chronicles a

middle American teenage boy who is affected by 9/11 terrorism and becomes involved in an isolated high school altercation that escalates into a shocking hate crime. The message is that “Anytown” could be your town because home-grown terrorists can come from anywhere. We asked how this can happen. “Parents seem to have lost touch with being ‘parents,’” Rodriguez asserted. “I hear them constantly saying they need to be Right: Dr. Sanjay Gupta friends with their (Photo by Brett Bagley) children to gain their Above: Dave Rodriguez, director of Anytown trust. No. Parents need to be firm and they absolutely need to be held accountable or they will run the danger of their children spiraling out of control.” Ultimately, the film speaks to post-9/11 hate crimes. Rodriguez doesn’t oppose building an Islamic Center near ground zero nor does he think it will incite violence. “I do understand both sides of the debate,” he said. “Like many New Yorkers, I lost a few friends on 9/11 and I understand how disrespected those families must feel at the mere presence of something that may connect a religion and terrorism anywhere near Ground Zero.” To prove his point that hate is a bi-product of ignorance, he recalls that he recently overheard a family friend saying that he hated the French. “My question was, ‘How many French people do you know?’ They said ‘none.’” It all proves that such stereotypes “can easily be addressed with a little more education,” he said. “Hate still exists and it’s alive and healthy. I personally have tried to remove the word from my vocabulary completely.”

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A Standing Ovation for D.C.Teachers Davis Guggenheim and George Stevens Jr. share their thoughts on the importance of DC Education Fund’s recognition of local teachers DAVISGUGGENHEIM film director and producer My daughter, wife, and I recently had a screaming celebration in our kitchen. It wasn’t that we’d won the lottery, but we might as well have – our daughter got the teacher we wanted, and as parents everywhere know, teachers are what matter most. As education reformer Geoffrey Canada describes in my new documentary Waiting for Superman, a great teacher is an amazing thing to observe. Walk down the hallways of any given school; effective teachers stand out as passionate, caring, and able to get their students to perform to the best of their ability. So, if the conversation about how to fix our schools feels overwhelming or confusing, just remember this one thing: we can’t have great schools without great teachers. When you start with that simple truth, the solutions

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become pretty clear. Recruit the best and brightest. Reward those who are doing a great job. And develop the teachers we have to become better. I applaud the highly effective teachers of D.C. public schools who will be celebrated at the first annual Standing Ovation for DC Teachers. Let’s honor their impact, and let’s keep it going – we can’t stop until there is an outstanding teacher in every classroom in every school. GEORGESTEVENSJR founder of the American Film Institute We are a country fascinated by giving recognition to people of accomplishment – Pulitzers, Oscars, and Kennedy Center Honors – just to name a few. We felt it was time that Washington got together and paid tribute the people who are most important to the children of this city – our teachers.

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Under Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s leadership, the D.C. public schools developed a rigorous evaluation system in which teachers would be evaluated and the exceptional ones would be rewarded. The results showed that 662 teachers in the District’s public schools have been rated “highly effective” and they will be guests of honor at the Kennedy Center where we will salute their accomplishments and celebrate the importance of teachers. Moreover, the D.C. school system will provide increases in pay and bonuses to these teachers in recognition of their outstanding work. There are several teachers who inspired and guided me during my long ago school days. They made me believe that I could accomplish things that seemed beyond my reach; they convinced me that I had certain talents that could be developed. They changed my life, and all children deserve that kind of education.

Sen. Christopher Dodd and his wife Jackie Clegg

Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee

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SUPER HEROES: Political and education luminaries walked the red

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carpet at the Washington premiere of the much-lauded documentary “Waiting for Superman.” Following the Newseum screening, guests were invited to an up-close-and-personal chat session with controversial D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee (who is in the film), along with filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, education activist Geoffrey Canada, and American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten. Philippe Dauman, Brad Grey, Jeff Skoll, Philip Anschutz, Tom Dooley, Debra Lee, and Judy McGrath hosted the event, which included celebrities such as John Legend. VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSATWWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

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Tee Time with The Donald At his new country club in Northern Virginia, Donald Trump shares a few sharp Words on China, Obama, OPEC, “The Apprentice,” and golfing during a recession BY JOHN H. ARUNDEL

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ne night last year, three 18-wheeler trucks rolled into a quiet suburban Virginia cul-de-sac and through the stone gates of a country club perched on a windswept hill above the Potomac River. As a few curious neighbors rubbed their sleepy eyes and watched from afar, a work crew offloaded golf carts, Europeaninspired furniture, and artwork from Palm Beach. As old logos were pulled down, teardrop chandeliers used at Ivanka Trump’s 2009 wedding were installed in the ballroom. By midnight, Lowes Island Club was no more. By the next morning, signs were up heralding the new Trump National Golf Club, Washington D.C., and workers began moving boulders into position for what is to

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become the world’s largest man-made waterfall. With an estimated net worth of $3 billion, Donald Trump has created a golfing mecca – and his own political salon of sorts – in the outskirts of the nation’s capital, where on some days he holds court in a mahogany dining room overlooking the Tom Fazio-designed course. Trump planted his first commercial roots in D.C. area last year on the 850-acre parcel in Loudoun County, purchasing the club for $20 million from B.F. Saul. He’s embarked on a multi-million-dollar facelift that will make over its clubhouse, golf courses, swimming facility, and tennis courts. “I’ve really redone the place from head to toe,” he says. Trump, 64, is accustomed to making grand entrances, winning new friends, and making news wherever he ends up each day. Neither my

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Opposite page: Donald Trump in front of the clubhouse of his new Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C. Last year he paid $20 million for the 850-acre club, which features a Tom Fazio-designed course and the world’s largest manmade waterfall. This page: Trump has embarked on a multi-year, multi-million-dollar facelift of the property, redeveloping the ornate clubhouse (above), two golf courses (below), swimming facility, and tennis courts. “I think there’s not much of a risk with this one – it’s 850 acres on the Potomac River. It’s hard to lose money with that.”

interview with him years ago for The New York Times or for this magazine deviated from a level of showmanship that would make P.T. Barnum blush. On a sultry dayn in August, Trump’s helicopter drops out of the azure blue skies and onto a grassy patch along the Potomac. He emerges from his Sikorsky 76-C helicopter alone, clutching a golf shirt and Docksiders. A warm handshake and smile are offered as a line of Trump-emblazoned golf carts arrives to take us up the hill to his clubhouse. After a stop to chat up construction workers and survey the progress of his Guinness Book-making waterfall, he hams it up for a photographer, shouting his trademark line: “You’re Fired!!” “We just laugh when we see him on TV firing contestants on “The Apprentice,” club membership director Janean Buchner says. “He treats his employees here very well.” Trump reels off the first names of members of his construction crew who have been with him for decades, helping to build the Trumpbranded condos, casinos, hotels and golf clubs that dot the American cityscape. He is no stranger to Washington. His son Eric, who oversees Trump National, attended Georgetown University, as did his daughter Ivanka. He’s a frequent visitor to the corridors of political power and diplomacy, and never fails to send his private 767 aircraft here to whisk ambassadors down to the Red Cross Ball in Palm Beach each January. “People from either NewYork or Washington are really from both places – like me,” Trump offers. “I come here all the time.”

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While simultaneously sipping a Diet Coke and greeting club members entering the dining room, he waxes enthusiastic about his new escape from Manhattan. “I come here and have dinner overlooking the Potomac River,” he says. “What could be better than that?” Trump talks about new power friends he’s made here while citing a spike in new memberships despite the recession. He envisions Trump National as a new D.C. power salon and doesn’t mind offering his own spin on the most grinding issues of the day. “President Obama is having a hard time,” he says. “It’s been a very tough period for him and the country. People who once did well all their lives are not doing well at all.” In his view, China’s yawning trade deficit and OPEC’s setting of oil prices occupy the hotlava core of the nation’s current economic malaise. “China and OPEC are ripping off this country,” he says. “I know Chinese people and I have nothing against them. But whether it’s food, toys or sheet rock ... some of their products are just unbelievably bad – and dangerous.” In recent years, the Trump Organization has been putting his name on buildings, clothing, water bottles, and other products all over the globe – except China.“The Chinese won’t allow

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my people to license the Trump name there!” he fumes. “Oil is the blood of OPEC countries and they’re not just setting phony prices,” he adds. “They’re setting false prices.There’s so much oil they don’t know what to do with it, and yet prices stay around $80 a barrel.” Inside the Beltway complacency has set in, Trump claims. “Something has to be done, and nothing is being done,” he says. “There’s a lot of very bad management of our economy.” The fiery debate over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero has him especially fired up. “I watched the World Trade Center burn down. I think it’s a major issue,” he says. “I’m a big believer in freedom of religion, but the mosque being in that location is absolutely wrong. It’s very insensitive.” Frustrated over the brouhaha surrounding the issue, he recently approached the owner of the building housing the proposed mosque and offered to buy it for several times its appraised price. “He’s been very arrogant about it,”Trump reports. “I asked if he’d move just for the sake of peace, and he said ‘no.’ ” Trump often touts the concept of “branding yourself,” and he he’s hardly been shy about his own self-promotion. A reality TV personality in his own right, he now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a deal with NBC that pays him $3 million per episode – a giant leap from the $350,000 he made for the first season of “The Apprentice.” (The network recently renewed the show for two more seasons.) Trump sees less risk in extending his brand to the Washington, D.C. area. His new golf club lies in the northeast corner of the nation’s wealthiest county. “Loudoun County is so successful, so I think there’s not much of a risk with this one – it’s 850 acres along the Potomac River.” With that, The Donald takes a last draw on his soda, and heads out with the club pro for a lazy summer day on the links.

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Hungary

Republic of Congo

East Timor

Barbados

Libya

Democratic Republic of Congo

AFGHANISTAN M. Ashraf Haidari SPOUSE: Lina Haidari EMBASSY & RESIDENCE: 2341 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-292-4297 CHARGĂŠ dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;affaires:

AFRICANUNION Amina Salum Ali Ali Mansour Vuai EMBASSY: 1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 20006 TELEPHONE: 202-293-8006 AMBASSADOR:

India

TELEPHONE:

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ALGERIA Abdallah Baali Rafika Lakreche Baali EMBASSY: 2118 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-265-2800 RESIDENCE: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Elms,â&#x20AC;? 4040 52nd St. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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ALBANIA AMBASSADOR:

Aleksander

Sallabanda SPOUSE: Sasha Sallabanda EMBASSY: 2100 S St. NW, 20008

ANDORRA Narcis Casal de Fonsdeviela EMBASSY: Two United Nations Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-750-8064

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DIDYOUKNOW MOROCCOONTHELINKS Want to get the ear of Italian sophisticate Maria Felice Cittandini Cesi Mekouar, wife of Moroccan Ambassador Aziz Mekouar? Talk golf. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a champion with armloads of silver trophies from three continents. This Italian aristocrat started playing at 18, holds a ten handicap, drives farther now than she did at 20 and plays Chevy Chase Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courses with her husband (whom she met at the Acquasanta di Roma, Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest course).

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Josefina Pitra DiakitĂŠ SPOUSE: Mamadou DiakitĂŠ EMBASSY: 2108 16th St. NW, 20009 AMBASSADOR:

ANTIGUAANDBARBUDA AMBASSADOR:

Deborah

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Azerbaijan

THEARABLEAGUE Hussein Hassouna SPOUSE: Nevine Hassouna EMBASSY: 1100 17th St. NW, Ste. 620, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-265-3210 RESIDENCE: 3003 Van Ness St. NW, Apt. 1133, 20008

Susie Annus 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-797-3000 SPOUSE:

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AUSTRIA Christian Prosl Patricia Prosl-Hurni EMBASSY: 3524 International Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-895-6700 RESIDENCE: 2419 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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ARGENTINA Minister JosĂŠ Perez Gabiondo SPOUSE: Alejandra Franco EMBASSY: 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-238-6400 RESIDENCE: 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009

AZERBAIJAN Yashar Aliyev Margiz Shekimskaya EMBASSY: 2741 34th St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-337-3500 RESIDENCE: 3131 Connecticut Ave. NW, Apt. 2502, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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ARMENIA AMBASSADOR:

Cornelius Smith Clara Smith EMBASSY: 2220 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-319-2660 RESIDENCE: 5100 Warren Pl. NW, 20016 SPOUSE:

BAHRAIN

Tatoul

Markarian SPOUSE: Anahit Aghumian EMBASSY: 2225 R St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-319-1976

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BAHAMAS AMBASSADOR:

Houda Nonoo Salman Idafar EMBASSY: 3502 International Dr. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-342-1111 RESIDENCE: 4646 Hawthorne Ln. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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HELLO NEIGHBOR! These ambassadors moved to Washington this past year.

Australia

Andorra

Dominica

Mali

Senegal

NARCISCASALDE FONSDEVIELA

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March 2nd, 2009

July 16th, 2010

March 23rd, 2010

March 25th, 2010

Australia

Gambia

Marshall Islands

South Africa

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February 7th, 2010

May 10th, 2010

October 30th, 2010

August 4th, 2010

Brazil

Haiti

Mauritania

Swaziland

MAUROVIEIRA

LOUISHAROLD JOSEPH

MOHAMEDLEMINE ELHAYCEN

REVABEDNEJOM NTSHANGAFE

September 14th, 2010

July 28th, 2010

July 19th, 2010

Honduras

Moldova

Switzerland

IGORMUNTEANU

MANUELSAGER

October 2nd, 2009

JORGERAMÓN HERNANDEZ ALCERRO

September 7th, 2010

Bulgaria

June 9th, 2010

Mozambique

Has not presented credentials as of press time

ELENA POPTODOROVA

Indonesia

AMELIAMATOS SUMBANA

Tanzania

January 11th, 2010

Italy

Brunei Darussalam

DATOYUSOFFABD HAMID

Bulgaria

August 4th, 2010

DINOPATTI DJALAL

November 2nd, 2009

MWANDAIDI SINAREMAAJAR

Canada

September 14th, 2010

Namibia

September 7th, 2010

GARYALBERT DOER October 23rd, 2010

Canada

MARTINANDJABA Italy

September 3rd, 2010

Tonga

GIULIOTERZIDI SANT’AGATA

Nepal

SONATANE TU’AKINAMOLAHI Taumoepeau Tupou February 25th, 2010

Chile

October 8th, 2009

ARTURO FERMANDOIS

SHANKAPRASAD SHARMA

Jamaica

November 18th, 2009

June 21st, 2010

AUDREYMARKS May 26th, 2010

China

China

Dominica

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Jamaica

Turkey New Zealand

NAMIKTAN

MIKEMOORE

February 18th, 2010

YESUIZHANG

Jordan

August 5th, 2010

March 16th, 2010

ALIAHATOUGH BOURAN

Nicaragua

Costa Rica

September 14th, 2010

METASHANON FIGUERESBOGGS

Kenya

September 7th, 2010

ELKANAH ODEMBO

Cyprus

July 27th, 2010

PAVLOS ANASTASIADES

Lithuania

Ukraine

FRANCISCO OBADIAH CAMPBELL HOOKER June 23rd, 2010 Niger

September 10th, 2010

ZYGIMANTAS PAVILIONIS

Denmark

August 5th, 2010

OLEXANDER MOTSYSK June 24th, 2010 Uzbekistan

Turkey

ILHOMJON TUYCHIEVICH NEMATOV

AMINATAMAIGA DJIBRILLATOURE

February 26th, 2010

March 26th, 2010

Zambia

SHEILAZSIWELA

PETERTAKSOE JENSEN

Malawi

September 1st, 2010

STEVEMATENJE

RIGOBERTO GAUTO-VIELMAN

September 10th, 2010

November 18th, 2009

Paraguay

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New Zealand

June 25th, 2010 Brazil

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BANGLADESH Akramul Qader Rifat Qader EMBASSY: 3510 International Dr. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-244-0183 RESIDENCE: 4 Highboro Ct., Bethesda, Md. 20817 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

EMBASSY: 2535 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-9636 RESIDENCE: 1686 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, Va. 22101

10001 Bent Cross Dr., Potomac, Md. 20854

BARBADOS John Beale Leila Mol Beale EMBASSY: 2144 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-939-9200 RESIDENCE: 4850 Linnean Ave. NW, 20008 SPOUSE:

BELARUS CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: Oleg

Kravchenko SPOUSE: Marina Kravchenko EMBASSY: 1619 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-986-1604 RESIDENCE:4311 Embassy Park Dr. NW, 20016

Jan Matthysen SPOUSE: Agnes Matthysen EMBASSY: 3330 Garfield St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-333-6900 RESIDENCE: 2300 Foxhall Rd. NW, 20007 AMBASSADOR:

BELIZE Néstor Méndez Elvira Méndez

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

Ecuador

RESIDENCE:

BRAZIL CAMBODIA

Mauro Vieira 3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW 20008; 1025 Thomas Jefferson St. NW Ste. 300 West, 20007 (Temporary) TELEPHONE: 202-238-2805 RESIDENCE: 3000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

Hem Heng Savine Ek EMBASSY: 4530 16th St. NW, 20011 TELEPHONE: 202-726-7742 RESIDENCE: 4500 16th St. NW, 20011

EMBASSY:

BENIN S. Cyrille Oguin Hortense Oguin EMBASSY: 2124 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-232-6656 RESIDENCE: 9901 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md. 20854 AMBASSADOR:

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

BRUNEIDARUSSALAM

CAMEROON

Dato Yusoff Abd Hamid SPOUSE: Datin Mahani Abu Zar EMBASSY: 3520 International Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-237-1838

Joseph Foe-Atangana Veronique Foe Biloa EMBASSY: 2349 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-265-8790 RESIDENCE: 2825 Normanstone Dr. NW, 20008

AMBASSADOR:

BOLIVIA CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: Minister-

Counselor Erika Angela Dueñas EMBASSY: 3014 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-483-4410 RESIDENCE: 3012 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

BULGARIA Elena Poptodorova Georgi Petrov EMBASSY: 1621 22nd St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-387-0174 RESIDENCE: 1621 22nd St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

CANADA

SPOUSE:

BOSNIAAND HERZEGOVINA Mitar Kujundzic Lea Kujundzic EMBASSY: 2109 E St. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-337-1500 AMBASSADOR:

BELGIUM

TELEPHONE:

AMBASSADOR:

SPOUSE:

AMBASSADOR:

202-342-2574 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Ste. 212, 20007

RESIDENCE:

SPOUSE:

BOTSWANA Lapologang Caesar Lekoa SPOUSE: Mpho Gloria Bojelo Lekoa EMBASSY: 1531-1533 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-244-4990 AMBASSADOR:

Gary Albert Doer SPOUSE: Ginny Devine EMBASSY: 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20001 TELEPHONE: 202-682-1740 AMBASSADOR:

BURKINAFASO Paramanga Ernest Yonli Araba Kadidiatou Yonli EMBASSY: 2340 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-5577 RESIDENCE: 6338 16th St. NW, 20011 AMBASSADOR:

CAPEVERDE

SPOUSE:

Maria de Fátima Lima da Veiga SPOUSE: Manuel de Veiga EMBASSY: 3415 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-965-6820 RESIDENCE: 6509 Kenhill Rd., Bethesda, Md. 20817 AMBASSADOR:

BURUNDI Angele Niyuhire Simeon Kirabisha EMBASSY: 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Ste. 212, 20007 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

Burkina Faso

Austria

Japan

Israel

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Cape Verde

Iceland

Latvia

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After discovering that Thailand’s King Bhumibol was an accomplished saxophone jazz musician and composer, the Office of Protocol recommended that President Bill Clinton give him a collection of Herman Leonard’s photographs of American jazz artists over the past half century. The two leaders made an instant connection which simultaneously helped foster their diplomatic relationship.

DIPLOMATICGIFTS BY MARY MEL FRENCH

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iplomatic gift giving is often accompanied by signif icant anxiety, especia l ly at the highest levels of government, such as when a president or other government off icial must present a gift to a foreign leader. The meaning and significance of the gift increases exponentially in such a context; no longer a mere gift, items passed from one nation’s leader to another are rendered promises of a new relationship or become symbols of an existing relationship. There is always an implication that official gifts should be of the most unique, one-of-a-kind type when given at the presidential level. When gifts fail to match the occasion or the level of the relationship, diplomatic relationships may fail along with them. Mastering the art of gift giving is not easy; recognizing the nuances of official giving comes with experience and knowledge of how to approach the process. There are those in the Office of Protocol and others who have

a background in the official gift selection process with creative knowledge not only of what to give, but how gifts should be presented for certain occasions. Their knowledge can be extraordinarily helpful to those without experience in this area. Consulting such people could save those needing to select official gifts who have not been involved in gift giving at the diplomatic level much time, frustration, and embarrassment. Official gift choices, after all, are quite different from personal gift choices one makes when giving gifts to friends. In a diplomatic context, gifts have tremendous potential for forging friendships, establishing ties, easing tensions, and sometimes simply saying “thank you.” The protocol gift officer researches, recommends, selects, and prepares for presentation the gifts given by the president, vice president, secretary of state, and their spouses. Laura Bowen Wills served in this position during most of my time in office.

Mary Mel French served as U.S. chief of protocol from 1997 to 2001. This article is excerpted from her new book, United States Protocol: The Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette. (Rowman & Littlefield)

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It is crucial to become educated regarding Former Chief country customs and of Protocol and author traditions relating to Mary Mel French any gift given. Some research will ideally prevent mistakes that could ruin an event, dampen a trip, or even strain diplomatic relations with another country. INDIGENOUS GIFTS Selections that reflect the giver’s culture and background are appreciated. The key is to find one or two items highlighting a particular hometown, state, or country, and make those standard gifts. Example: a coffee table book with photographs featuring a particular city, state, region, or country. GIFTSWITHINSCRIPTION Inscribing or engraving a gift will make even the most generic item unique to the recipient. However, care must be taken not to devalue the gift. Often, a card from the giver is more appropriate than inscription or engraving. Example: a silver picture frame with the principal’s picture and signature. SMALLGIFTSThese are thoughtful gestures and their quality is a factor not to be overlooked when making a gift choice. Examples: handmade wooden boxes, key rings, writing pens, and coins and stamps for collections.

Gifts to

Avoid

ALCOHOL Cultural considerations as well as potential pitfalls in someone’s personal background make this gift a risky choice. DIFFICULT TO HANDLE ITEMS When the gift given is more of an inconvenience than a benefit, it should be avoided (i.e., flowers brought without a vase, which requires the recipient to stop and place them in water). CERTAINFLOWERS Red roses (for their romantic significance) and white flowers (because they are a funeral flower in some countries) should be avoided. PAINTINGS What is considered appropriate and tasteful art in one country may not be viewed favorably in another. Portrait paintings and art depicting people, especially, are sometimes inappropriate because the artist’s interpretation of the subject could potentially be off-putting. WRAPPINGPAPER Color choice should be made carefully; certain colors of wrapping paper may be associated with negative emotions or may be offensive in some countries.

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Angola

Eritrea

Monaco

Russia

Mexico

Kuwait

CENTRAL AFRICANREPUBLIC AMBASSADOR: Stanislas Mouss-Kembe EMBASSY: 1618 22nd St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-483-7800

CHAD Mahamoud Adam Bechir SPOUSE: Nouracham Bechir Niam EMBASSY: 2401 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-462-4009 RESIDENCE: 16833 Harbor Town Dr., Silver Spring, Md. 20905 AMBASSADOR:

CHILE Arturo Fermandois Carolina Santa Cruz EMBASSY: 1732 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-785-1746 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

CHINA Yesui Zhang Naiqing Chen EMBASSY: 3505 International Pl. NW, 20522 TELEPHONE: 202-495-2000 AMBASSADOR:

Finland

Mohamed Toihiri EMBASSY: 866 United Nations Plaza, Ste. 418, New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 1-212-750-1637

CONGO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLICOF AMBASSADOR: Dr. Faida M. Mitifu SPOUSE: Dr. Maurice Shalishali EMBASSY: 1726 M St. NW, Ste. 601, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-234-7690 RESIDENCE: 1726 M St. NW, 20036

CONGO  REPUBLICOF Serge Mombouli Stella Corine Mombouli EMBASSY: 4891 Colorado Ave. NW, 20011 TELEPHONE: 202-726-5500 RESIDENCE: 10809 Riverwood Dr., Potomac, Md. 20854 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

COSTARICA Meta Shanon Figueres Boggs EMBASSY: 2114 S St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-234-2945 AMBASSADOR:

AMBASSADOR: Gabriel Silva

Mariana Espinosa de Silva EMBASSY: 2118 Leroy Pl. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-387-8338 RESIDENCE: 1520 20th St. NW 20036 SPOUSE:

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France

COMOROS AMBASSADOR:

SPOUSE:

COLOMBIA

Georgia

CROATIA AMBASSADOR: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic SPOUSE: Jakov Kitarovic EMBASSY: 2343 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. F13, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-588-5899

Macedonia

Norway

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DIDYOUKNOW SWEDEN VERSATILESPORT Sporty Eva Hafström, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafström, is as much at home raking leaves and changing the oil in their Volvo as she is riding her horse Halifax (“I’ve known him longer than my husband”); walking “Nalle” (“Teddy Bear” in Swedish), her beloved long-haired Jack Russell Terrier; or skiing black diamonds with her old school chums. Although this Swedish blonde looks gorgeous in chiffon, many don’t know she once wore a police officer’s uniform.

4871 Glenbrook Rd. NW, 20016

RESIDENCE:

CUBA Dagoberto Rodriquez Barrera EMBASSY: In care of the Embassy of Switzerland, Cuban Interests Section, 2630 16th St. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-797-8518 REPRESENTATIVES:

CYPRUS Pavlos Anastasiades SPOUSE: Maria AMBASSADOR:

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Antonopoulou-Anastasiades EMBASSY: 2211 R St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-462-5772 RESIDENCE: 2501 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

CZECHREPUBLIC Daniel Kostoval Nadesda Kostoval EMBASSY: 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-274-9100 RESIDENCE: 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, 20008 CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: SPOUSE:

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Allison Ford and Kate Sullivan

Estella Gauto and Amb. Rigoberto Gauto of Paraguay

Motosada Matano and Chieko Matano

Amb.La Celia Prince of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Harold Doley III

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi WL SPONSORED

AMBASSADORS BALL J.W. Marriott PHOTOSBYALFREDOFLORES

DIPLOMATIC

DIFFERENCE: Guests dined, danced, and dazzled at the 32nd Annual Ambassadors Ball benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year’s honorees included Sens. Mike Enzi, and Dianne Feinstein and Reps. Norm Dicks and C.W. Bill Young, who were recognized for their vital contributions to the Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus. This year, funds that would have been spent on flowers went to programs and service instead. Following the tributes and toasts, guests closed out an enchanting evening on the dance floor.

Real Housewives of DC’s Lynda Erkiletian and Ebong Eka Amb. Jamaludin Jarjis of Malaysia, Dr. Kalsom Ismail, and James Connelly

Norah O’Donnell, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Mike Enzi Tony and Heather Podesta

VIEWALLTHEPHOTOSAT WWWWASHINGTONLIFECOM!

Roger Klaa and Veronika Folz

Annie Broullire and J. Christopher Broullire Maritza Hernandez, Amb. of Barbados John Beale, Leila Hernandez, and Ambassador Jorge Hernandez of Honduras

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Greece

Dominica

Grenada

Egypt

Romania

DENMARK AMBASSADOR: Peter Taksoe-Jensen EMBASSY: 3200 Whitehaven St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-234-4300

DJIBOUTI AMBASSADOR: Roble Olhaye, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps SPOUSE: Amina Farah Ahmed Olhaye EMBASSY: 1156 15th St. NW, Ste. 515, 20005 TELEPHONE: 202-331-0270 RESIDENCE: 10101 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md. 20854

DOMINICA Hubert J. Charles Sylvia Charles EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016 TELEPHONE: 202-364-6781 RESIDENCE: 17639 Charity Ln., Germantown, Md. 20874 AMBASSADOR:

Morocco

Belize

Ave. NW, Ste. 504, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-966-3202

Armenia

Ghirmai Ghebremariam Azeb Gherezgiher EMBASSY: 1708 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-319-1991 RESIDENCE: 7127 16th St. NW, 20012 SPOUSE:

ECUADOR Luis Benigno Gallegos SPOUSE: Fabiola Jaramillo Almeida EMBASSY: 2535 15th St. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-234-7200 RESIDENCE: 2320 Bancroft Pl. NW, 20008

EGYPT Sameh Shoukry Suzy Shoukry EMBASSY: 3521 International Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-895 5400 RESIDENCE: 2301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

Palau

3301 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-298-5800 RESIDENCE: 3001 Woodland Dr. NW, 20008 EMBASSY:

ERITREA AMBASSADOR:

AMBASSADOR:

Comoros

FRANCE Pierre Nicolas Vimont 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-944-6000 RESIDENCE: 2221 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: EMBASSY:

ESTONIA Väino Reinart Kaire Jürgenson EMBASSY: 2131 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-588-0101 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

GABON Carlos Victor Boungou SPOUSE: Blandine Boungou EMBASSY: 2034 20th St. NW, Ste. 200, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-797-1000 AMBASSADOR:

ETHIOPIA Tesfaye Yilma Sabo 3506 International Dr. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-364-1200 CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: EMBASSY:

SPOUSE:

DOMINICANREPUBLIC Roberto B. Saladin Bertha Nin de Saladin EMBASSY: 1715 22nd St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-6280 RESIDENCE: 2930 Edgevale Terr. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

EASTTIMOR Constâncio Pinto Gabriella Pinto EMBASSY: 4201 Connecticut AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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ELSALVADOR CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:

Franscisco

R. Altschul Fuentes SPOUSE: Melinda Delashmutt Altschul EMBASSY: 1400 16th St. NW, Ste.100, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-265-9671 RESIDENCE: 5171 Macomb St. NW, 20016

EQUATORIALGUINEA Purificación Angue Ondo 2020 16th St. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-518-5700 RESIDENCE: 4044 27th St. N. Arlington, Va., 22207 AMBASSADOR: EMBASSY:

EUROPEANUNION João Vale de Almeida SPOUSE: Ana Jara de Carvalho EMBASSY: 2300 M St. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-862-9500 AMBASSADOR:

FIJI Winston Thompson Queenie Pauline Verónica Thompson EMBASSY: 2000 M St. NW, Ste. 710, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-466-8320

GAMBIA Alieu Ngum Aminatta Ngum EMBASSY: 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Ste. 240, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-785-1379 RESIDENCE: 1941 Westchester Dr. Silver Spring, MD 20902 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

FINLAND Pekka Lintu Laurel Colless

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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GEORGIA Batu Kutelia Sofia Barnabishvili EMBASSY: 2209 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-387-2390 RESIDENCE: 4701 Willard Ave. Chevy Chase, Md. 20185 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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DIPLOMATICSCANDALS Embassy Row was in an uproar over news of these most peculiar affairs

THE“SLAPFLAP”

the event the Americans entered the war, was soon intercepted and decoded by the British, who promptly gave it to President Woodrow Wilson. Newspaper revelations that the offer included promises of Mexico reclaiming territories it had lost in the Mexican-American War of 1848 caused major outrage that led, in part, to the U.S. declaration of war on Germany three months later.

Sondra Gotlieb, the wife of Canadian Ambassador Allan Gotlieb, made headlines when she slapped her social secretary Connie Gibson Connors in front of the assembled press for failing to immediately tell her that OMB Director Richard Darman had canceled his acceptance to a 1986 dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Despite the embarrassment and controversy, the incident put the Gottliebs in the spotlight and le tout Washington was soon vying for invitation to the Canadians’ soirees.

KOREAGATE

U.S.-South Korean relations suffered after shady businessman/socialite Tongsun Park was accused in 1986 of bribing high officials, supposedly to help his country achieve goals that included reversing President Nixon’s decision to withdraw U.S. soldiers from South Korea, increasing American military aid, and reducing criticism of human rights violations. As many as 100 members of Congress were said to be involved, but only ten were seriously implicated. Two were acquitted, four were censured and reprimanded, and most of the rest resig ned their seats.

CONTROVERSIALCAVIAR ANDCHAMPAGNE

Ardeshir Zahedi, the Shah’s man in Washington, was famed for the mountains of caviar and oceans of Dom Perignon he dispensed nightly at some of the most lavish parties the capital had ever seen. After the Islamic revolution toppled the old order in 1979, more than a few well-known journalists and government officials were embarrassed to see their names on a previously confidential list of expensive gifts Ambassador Zahedi had bestowed to help ensure his boss was seen in a favorable light. THEZIMMERMANNTELEGRAM

Revelation of a German proposal to Mexico to declare war on the United States during World War I caused uproar in the capital of a nation still trying to maintain its neutrality. The German Embassy was already seething

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NOT-SO-SECRET TUNNEL

with intrigue when the ambassador, Count Johann von Bernstorff, received an encoded message from foreign minister Arthur Zimmermann instructing him to forward it to Germany’s envoy in Mexico. Von Bernsdorff proceeded to break the cardinal rule of cryptology when he re-wrote it in a simpler code he knew his colleague would be able to decipher. The January 1917 telegram, which proposed a German-Mexican pact against the U.S. in

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The complex tunnel system under the sprawling hilltop embassy overlooking the capital was part of overall U.S. efforts to eavesdrop on Russian diplomats and other personnel operating throughout the country. The joint FBI and National Security Agency operation was probably betrayed by longtime FBI agent Robert Hanssen, who was later convicted of espionage and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The tunnels were later abandoned.

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DIDYOUKNOW ISRAEL–DANCER/ATHLETE

Donna Sue Eberwine Villagrán EMBASSY: 2220 R St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-745-4952 RESIDENCE: 2839 Woodland Dr. NW, 20008 SPOUSE:

GERMANY AMBASSADOR: Dr. Klaus Scharioth SPOUSE: Dr. Ulrike Scharioth EMBASSY: 4645 Reservoir Rd. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-298-4000 RESIDENCE: 18000 Foxhall Rd. NW, 20007

GUINEA Mory Karamoko Kaba SPOUSE: Salematou Traore Kaba EMBASSY: 2112 Leroy Pl. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-986-4300 RESIDENCE: 2948 Edgevale Terr. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

GHANA Daniel Ohene Agyekum Rose Ohene Agyekum EMBASSY: 3512 International Dr. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-686-4520 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

GUYANA

HONDURAS

Bayney Karran Donna Karran EMBASSY: 2490 Tracy Pl. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-265-6900 RESIDENCE: 6911 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, Md. 20817 AMBASSADOR:

GREECE

SPOUSE:

AMBASSADOR:

Vassilis Kaskarelis SPOUSE: Anna Kaskarelis EMBASSY: 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-2727 RESIDENCE: 2221 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

HAITI Louis Harold Joseph EMBASSY: 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-4090

AMBASSADOR: Gillian Margaret Susan Bristol EMBASSY: 1701 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-265-2561

GUATEMALA Francisco Villagrán de León AMBASSADOR:

THEHOLYSEE APOSTOLIC NUNCIO: Archbishop

Pietro Sambi EMBASSY: and RESIDENCE: 3339 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-333-7121

HUNGARY Béla Szombati Zsuzanna Szombati EMBASSY: 3910 Shoemaker St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-362-6730 RESIDENCE: 2215 30th St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

Ste. 509, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-265-6653 RESIDENCE: 2443 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008

INDIA Meera Shankar Ajay Shankar EMBASSY: 2107 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-939-7000 RESIDENCE: 2700 Macomb St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

SPOUSE:

ICELAND Hjálmar W. Hannesson Anna Birgis Birgisdóttir Caption2900 goes K St. NW, EMBASSY:

INDONESIA AMBASSADOR: Dino Patti

Djalal 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-775-5200 EMBASSY:

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

IRAQ AMBASSADOR:

Samir Shakir

Guatemala

Sweden

Tajikistan

Croatia

AMBASSADOR: Jorge Ramón Hernandez-Alcerro SPOUSE: Mariza Veiga EMBASSY: 3007 Tilden St. NW, Ste. 4M, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-996-7702 RESIDENCE: 5312 Portsmouth Rd. Bethesda, Md., 20816

AMBASSADOR:

GRENADA

Ghana

After studying with Martha Graham disciples at UC-Berkeley, American-born Sally Oren became a “semi-professional” dancer in New York before moving to Israel where she met her husband while teaching modern dance. Today the athletic wife of Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren practices Tai Chi or yoga daily, plays a bit of tennis, and, on weekends, heads to the Potomac River with her spouse, who rowed for Colombia. -G.S.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Arab League

Botswana

Saudi Arabia

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Marie and Rep. Ed Royce

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Mahmood Sumaida’ie SPOUSE: May Ying Yang Sumaida’ie EMBASSY: 3421 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-742-1600

di Sant’Agata Antonella Cinque EMBASSY: 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-612-4400 SPOUSE:

IRELAND

THEIVORYCOAST

Michael Collins Marie Collins EMBASSY: 2234 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-462-3939 RESIDENCE: 2244 S St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

Yao Charles Koffi Adiaratou Diouf Koffi EMBASSY: 2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-797-0300 RESIDENCE: 5111 Broad Branch Rd. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

ISRAEL Dr. Michael Oren SPOUSE: Sally Oren EMBASSY: 3514 International Dr. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-364-5500

JAMAICA

AMBASSADOR:

ITALY AMBASSADOR:

Giulio Terzi

Audrey Marks Jassel Dunstan EMBASSY: 1520 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-452-0660 RESIDENCE: 3103 Rolling Rd., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

JAPAN Ichiro Fujisaki Yoriko Fujisaki EMBASSY: 2520 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-238-6700 RESIDENCE: 4000 Nebraska Ave. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR:

202- 232-5488 2910 Edgevale Terr. NW, 20008

TELEPHONE: RESIDENCE:

SPOUSE:

JORDAN Alia Hatough Bouran EMBASSY: 3504 International Dr. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-966-2664 RESIDENCE: 1232 Perry Williams Dr., McLean, Va. 22101 AMBASSADOR:

KAZAKHSTAN Erlan A. Idrissov Nurilla Idrissova EMBASSY: 1401 16th St. NW, 20036 AMBASSADOR:

KENYA Elkanah Odembo SPOUSE: Aoko Odembo EMBASSY: 2249 R. St. NW 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-387-6101 RESIDENCE: 10201 Sorrel Ave., Potomac, Md. 20854 AMBASSADOR:

KOREA Han Duk-soo Ah Young Choi EMBASSY: 2450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-939-5600 RESIDENCE: 4801 Glenbrough Ave. NW, 20017 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

SPOUSE:

GETTINGTOKNOWKENYA’S ELKANAHODEMBO What does Kenya’s new constitution mean for Kenya/U.S. relations?

only enhance U.S./ Kenya relations.

Relations between Kenya and the U.S. have been good over the years. However, there have been moments of tension, most of which can be attributed to governance-related issues. The new constitution is the basis of a new Kenya and a new governance framework. The fact that the referendum leading to the constitution was conducted in a free and fair environment is significant. The high voter turnout (close to 75 percent) is also noteworthy. Following the referendum, I sensed a renewed enthusiasm toward Kenya, and a great deal of goodwill. This can

What are your main goals as Kenya’s representative in the U.S.?

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Increasing the size of existing U.S. i nvest ment i n Kenya, including developing new investments, especially in the service and agri-business sectors .We also want to increase the volume (and variety) of Kenyan products entering the U.S. market under AGOA and to develop a relationship with the U.S. Administration to enhance relations on various issues. We would like to increase the

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quantity and quality of American tourists v isit i ng Kenya, build partnerships between U.S. and Kenyan universities, and mobilize and u n it e Ke n y a n s living in the U.S. for greater impact in both countries.

I am fortunate enough to have seen many lions and cubs and other wildlife in their natural environment in one of Kenya’s greatest attractions.

What are you looking forward to the most while living in Washington?

What three “must-do’s” should anyone visiting Kenya do?

Making new friends and enjoying all that Washington has to offer – art, music, culture, and politics.

Where do you go to get Kenyan food?

Swahili Village Restaurant, 10601 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, Md. 20705.

A hike at the foot of Mountain Kenya, a visit to the Maasai Mara, and all you can eat meat at the Carnivore Restaurant, followed by dancing to African music.

What do you think of the new lion cubs at the National Zoo?

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China

United Kingdom

KUWAIT Salem Abdullah AlJaber Al-Sabah SPOUSE: Rima Al-Sabah EMBASSY: 2940 Tilden St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-966-0702 RESIDENCE: 2940 Tilden St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

KYRGYZSTAN Arslan Anarbaev EMBASSY: 2360 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-338-5141

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

EMBASSY: 2511 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-797-5533 RESIDENCE: 7013 Lomond Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817

LIBERIA CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: Edwin H. Sele EMBASSY:

5201 16th St. NW, 20011 202-723-0437

TELEPHONE:

CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:

LAOS Seng Soukhthivong Somdy Soukhthivong EMBASSY: 2222 S St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-6416 RESIDENCE: 2222 S St. NW, 20008 CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:

LIBYA Ali Suleiman Aujali Naima M. Bseikri EMBASSY: 2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Ste. 705, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-944-9601 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

SPOUSE:

LATVIA Andrejs Pildegovics Elena Pildegovica EMBASSY: 2306 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-328-2840 RESIDENCE: 4525 Foxhall Crescent NW, 20007 AMBASSADOR:

LIECHTENSTEIN AMBASSADOR:

Claudia

Fritsche EMBASSY: 2900 K St. NW, Ste. 602B, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-331-0590

Rwanda

Bahrain

-SPOUSES-

DIDYOUKNOW THENETHERLANDS TWEEDYWELSHMAN No, he’s neither Dutch nor “British” as his accent suggests. Netherland Ambassador Raegina Jones-Bos’s husband, Dr. Richard Jones, is Welsh. Creating careers around hers, this Russian expert’s long CV includes stints as a BBC journalist, college professor and president, and director of the Clifford Chance Global Academy for the world’s largest law firm. This jolly diplomatic mate now consults for Virginia Tech when he’s not walking “Biggles,” their tri-color Shelty.

SPOUSE:

LEBANON Antoine Chedid Nicole Chedid EMBASSY: 2560 28th St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-939-6300 RESIDENCE: 2841 McGill Terr. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

LESOTHO David Mohlomi Rantekoa Mantsane Cecilia Rantekoa

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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LITHUANIA Zygimantas Pavilionis 2622 16th St. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-234-5860 AMBASSADOR: EMBASSY:

LUXEMBOURG JeanPaul Senninger SPOUSE: Louise Åkerblom EMBASSY: 2200 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-265-4171 RESIDENCE: 3933 Fordham Rd. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR:

MACEDONIA AMBASSADOR:

Suzana Jolevska

2129 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-667-0501

TELEPHONE:

202-721-0270

EMBASSY and RESIDENCE:

MALAYSIA Dr. Jamaludin bin Jarjis Dr. Kalsom Ismail EMBASSY: 3516 International Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-572-9700 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

MADAGASCAR Eulalie N. Ravelosoa EMBASSY and RESIDENCE: 2374 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-265-5525 CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:

MALAWI Steve Matenje Isabel Matenje EMBASSY: 2408 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

MALDIVES CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: Abdul

Ghafoor Mohamed SPOUSE: Maryam Khalida EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave., Ste. 200E, New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-599-6195

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GRACE&POWER Washington salutes the growing ranks of female ambassadors BY CHRISTIE FINDLAY AND ROLAND FLAMINI

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he city is fast approaching an intriguing diplomatic milestone: its 30th female ambassador. Women heads of mission are still a minority in Washington’s populous foreign diplomatic corps of close to 200 envoys. Still, it’s a quantum leap from the mid-1990s, when the total number was five. From India’s foreign service lifer Meera Shankar to Jamaica’s spitfire Audrey Marks, there are now 28 women serving as their country’s “person in Washington,” the highest number ever. Marilyn Sephocle, who for the past 15 years has run an annual Women Ambassadors Conference at Howard University, where she is a teacher, and a Women Ambassadors Foundation dedicated to the increase of female diplomats worldwide, believes that what she calls “the tri-Secretary effect” – three female Secretaries of State out of the last four incumbents – has made it easier for foreign governments to send women ambassadors to the United States. This is done partly to show they are progressive – and perhaps in the hope that female ambassadors will have better access at State. Singapore Ambassador Heng Chee Chan, the longest serving chief of mission in Washington, says the increase in women ambassadors started during the Clinton administration in part because Hillary Rodham Cinton was an activist first lady with a high profile. Sephocle adds another contributing phenomenon: as the number of women graduates increases in many countries, they are entering diplomatic service in larger numbers. Inevitably, women ambassadors have attracted a high curiosity factor. This helps in Washington’s highly competitive political environment. Being a female in the job “opens doors for me,” as Humaina Sultan AlMughairy, the ambassador from Oman, said recently. “People are curious to see me.” Once

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inside, though, it’s down to business. “As a woman ambassador you get more access,” Heng Chee Chan agrees, “but then you’re on your own. If you don’t live up to expectations – if you don’t make your case effectively – you will be treated as any other ambassador. This is a very busy town, quite competitive, and you can’t waste people’s time.” But old assumptions die hard. Al-Mughairy recalls that when she was lobbying members of Congress to pass the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement, visiting congressmen and senators would invariably make a beeline for the nearest male member of her staff, “certain that he was the ambassador. But it worked to my advantage. The member would be so embarrassed that I probably could have asked for the moon and gotten it, not just a simple vote.” As the numbers have grown, an informal network of women ambassadors covering all continents has taken shape. “We believe we have some strength in larger numbers,” says Chan, who presented her credentials in 1996. “We meet for lunch regularly, and we invite speakers. There is more camaraderie, and we have created more access. But, of course, our issues are very different.” The fact is that a female ambassador in Washington leads a double life. First there’s her day job, furthering the interests of her country. In the evening, she dashes home to act as hostess at her own dinner parties and receptions, having earlier discussed the menu with her chef, supervised the latest Costco run, and figured out which distinguished guest is allergic to fish, and that the papal nuncio shuns meat on Fridays. In other words, she takes on the role normally performed by the ambassador’s wife. (Female ambassadors’ husbands don’t always accompany their wives: their careers often require them to stay home.) Some women ambassadors say the political

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atmosphere on the diplomatic dinner circuit has recently become more strained as a new divisiveness has undermined Washington’s bipartisan tradition. “In the past I host a dinner and invite guests from the two parties,” Chan says. “I still do, but now I make sure they’re moderates from the center.” LIECHTENSTEIN AMBASSADOR CLAUDIAFRITSCHE

Claudia Fritsche set up Liechtenstein’s first Washington embassy in 2002, just as she had established her country’s first mission to the United Nations 12 years earlier. To help raise the profile of the tiny principality she represents, Fritsche (along with the then ambassador of Malta) launched an annual poetry reading by the ambassadors of small countries five years ago. The low-budget event gets a lot of attention. NETHERLANDS AMBASSADOR RENEEJONES-BOS

A n accompl ished linguist and translator before joining t he Net herl a nd s’ foreig n ser v ice, she has translated T hom a s H a r d y’s novel “The Mayor of Casterbridge” into Dutch. When she’s in The Hague, this ardent biker cycles to the ministry of foreign affairs. Here in Washington, she shares our love for Bistro du Coin and listening to great jazz at Bohemian Caverns and Blues Alley. Dr. Richard Jones, her historian husband, earns kudos for attending the International Club meetings for embassy spouses.

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BULGARIAN AMBASSADOR ELENA POPTODOROVA

CONGO AMBASSADOR FAIDAMMITIFU

In a sense it’s déjà vu all over again for Poptodorova since she held the post once before from 2002 to 2008. After two years of senior jobs in the Bulgarian foreign ministry in Sofia, she is back for a second term as her nation’s ambassador to Washington. During her first tenure, she helped secure the release of five Bulgarian nurses falsely imprisoned in Libya and played a key role in negotiating Bulgaria’s entry into NATO.

The longest serving of A f r ica’s a mba s sador s, Mitifu holds a degree in biochemistry from the University of Kinshasa, a Masters from Auburn University and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia, where she subsequently taught French, African, and Caribbean literature. She made the transition to ambassador in 1999. She has testified before Congress on the political situation in her complex and troubled country.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose parents were Jamaican, turned out to celebrate Marks’ confirmation during a June party at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. She is an entrepreneur who has launched seven businesses, including Jamaica’s first multipayment agency and a 100-acre banana farm.

since 1996, one of Chan’s best memories was the standing ovation she received from the entire U.S. Congress when, as vice dean of the diplomatic corps, she entered the chamber to listen to an address by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in March 2009. Her many books include a prize-winning biography of David Marshall, who played a major role in Singapore’s independence.

202-234-5414 3212 Brooklawn Terr., Chevy Chase, Md. 20815

TELEPHONE: RESIDENCE:

Mamadou Traore Sarafing Traore EMBASSY: 2130 R St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-2249 RESIDENCE: 2131 R St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

MALTA Mark Anthony Miceli SPOUSE: Josette Miceli EMBASSY: 2017 Connecticut Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-462-3611 RESIDENCE: 4501 29th St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

MARSHALL ISLANDS AMBASSADOR:

Banny

deBrum 2433 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008

MAURITANIA Mohamed Lemine El Haycen SPOUSE: Laaziza Houzali EMBASSY: 2129 Leroy Pl. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-232-5700 RESIDENCE: 2339 S St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

MAURITIUS

The first woman ambassador to the U.S. from an Arab nation, Al-Mughairy is an economist with an extensive business background – and the opposite of the stereotypical Arab woman covered from headto-toe in traditional garb. Before moving to Washington she spent eight years running Oman’s investment and export development office in New York. Most recently, she was involved in Oman’s efforts to negotiate the release of three American hikers held captive in Iran.

MICRONESIA Yosiwo P. George Antilise Y. George EMBASSY: 1725 N St. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-223-4383 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

EMBASSY:

Igor Munteanu 2101 S St. NW 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-667-1130

MONGOLIA Arturo Sarukhan Verónica

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

TELEPHONE:

MONACO Gilles Noghès Ellen Noghès EMBASSY: 3400 International Dr. NW, Ste. 2K-100, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-234-1530 RESIDENCE: 2315 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 SPOUSE:

MOLDOVA

Outra Nayek EMBASSY: 1709 N St. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-244-1491

MEXICO

2833 M St. NW, 20007 202-333-7117 RESIDENCE: 1021 Irongate Rd., Potomac, Md. 20854 EMBASSY:

AMBASSADOR:

AMBASSADOR:

SPOUSE:

OMANAMBASSADOR HUMAINASULTAN AL-MUGHAIRY

Valencia-Sarukhan EMBASSY: 1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20006 TELEPHONE: 202-728-1600 RESIDENCE: 4925 Loughboro Rd. NW 20016

CHARGé D’AFFAIRES: Joyker Nayeck

EMBASSY:

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Shankar is the second woman ambassador to Washington from her country, but the first career diplomat in more than 20 years. Between 19911995 she served in the Washington embassy as the minister responsible for commercial affairs. In the interim, relations between her increasingly powerful country and the U.S. have undergone a sea change; and she has said she finds official Washington more welcoming the second time round.

SINGAPORE AMBASSADOR CHAN HENG CHEE En poste

JAMAICAN AMBASSADOR AUDREYMARKS

MALI

INDIA AMBASSADOR MEERASHANKAR

AMBASSADOR:

Khasbazaryn Bekhbat SPOUSE: Gerelmaa Jamsran

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MONTENEGRO Miodrag Vlahovic Natasa Vlahovic EMBASSY: 1610 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-234-6108 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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Aziz Mekouar Maria Felice Mekouar EMBASSY: 1601 21st St. NW 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-462-7979 RESIDENCE: 9109 Clewerwall Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817 AMBASSADOR:

RESIDENCE:

4509 W St. NW, 20007

SPOUSE:

MOZAMBIQUE Amélia Matos Sumbana SPOUSE: Adrianos Sumbana EMBASSY: 1525 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-293-7146 AMBASSADOR:

MYANMAR Han Thu SPOUSE: Mya Mya Wai EMBASSY: 2300 S St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-3344 RESIDENCE: 2223 R St. NW, 20008

EMBASSY:

NAURU Marlene Moses 800 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-937-0074 RESIDENCE: 800 2nd Ave. Ste. 400A, New York, NY 10017 AMBASSADOR: EMBASSY:

NICARAGUA

NAMIBIA Martin Andjaba 1605 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-986-0540

Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker EMBASSY: 1627 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-939-6570 AMBASSADOR:

NEPAL Shanka Prasad Sharma Kalpana Sharma EMBASSY: 2131 Leroy Pl. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-667-4550 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:

AMBASSADOR:

Yvonne Moore 37 Observatory Cir. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-328-4800 RESIDENCE: 27 Observatory Cir. NW, 20008 SPOUSE:

NIGER Aminata Maiga Djibrilla Touré SPOUSE: Boubacar Toure EMBASSY: 2204 R St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-483-4224 RESIDENCE: 3100 Argyle St. NW, 20011 AMBASSADOR:

NETHERLANDS Renee Jones-Bos Richard Jones EMBASSY: 4200 Linnean Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-244-5300 RESIDENCE: 2347 S St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

NIGERIA

EMBASSY:

NEWZEALAND AMBASSADOR:

Mike Moore



Ade Adefuye SPOUSE: Catherine Adefuye AMBASSADOR:

3519 International Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-986-8400 EMBASSY:

NORWAY Wegger Christian Strommen SPOUSE: Rev. Cecilie J. Strommen EMBASSY: 2720 34th St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-333-6000 RESIDENCE: 3401 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20007 AMBASSADOR:

OMAN Hunaina Sultan al-Mughairy SPOUSE: Amb. Fuad al-Hinai EMBASSY: 2535 Belmont Rd. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-387-1980 RESIDENCE: 2000 24th St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

PAKISTAN Husain Haqqani Farahnaz Ispahani

AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

RECLAIMINGMISSINGART BY ROLAND FLAMINI

B

director of the Cleveland Museum of Art etween 1982 and 2009 a total of 41 following the unauthorized sale by a French separate claims were settled against family to the museum of a painting by Poussin. U.S. museums and art dealers by It took years of negotiation for Cleveland and foreign governments, institutions, the Louvre to work out a shared ownership of and individuals seeking restoration of stolen the painting – and the director could travel to art. A third of them were brought by embassies Europe again without fear of imprisonment. on behalf of museums in their respective More recently, Marion True, a member countries; in many instances it was the by now of the curatorial staff at the Getty Museum familiar story of seeking the return of art works in Los Angeles, was arrested in Rome and looted by the Nazis during World War II that “Bathsheba Bathing” by Jacopo Zucchi (1573) charged with acquiring, on behalf of the somehow subsequently found their way to the Getty, Etruscan artifacts said to have been looted from archeological United States, but more recent art thefts were another factor. Today there is great fervor for reclaiming missing art works as sites in Italy. True remained in jail even after the Getty returned about European countries in particular increase their vigilance of their 40 objects in question. The True case ref lects Italy’s robust effort to claim back missing cultural heritage. Many American museums have been having a hard time lately, as governments from France to Greece are demanding art works. Among recent successes are the return of Jacopo Zucchi’s the return of a long and varied list of art and ancient artifacts. This Bathsheba Bathing from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn. and Spring Sowing by the 17th century painter Jacopo Bassano from intensified campaign is grist to the mill of Washington embassies. In one famous case a while back, the French government asked the Springfield Museums in Massachusetts – the latter to the Uffizi Interpol to issue a warrant for the arrest anywhere in Europe of the Gallery in Florence.

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WHATSPECIALRELATIONSHIP? Two seasoned British envoys reflect on the course of U.S.-U.K. diplomacy

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American business. arlier this year the British House of Commons released the transcript Manning: We have a certain of a special inquiry on the U.S.weight in the [U.S.] system. We U.K. “special relationship” should not exaggerate, nor should we conducted by parliament’s Foreign Affairs underestimate it. We should decide Committee. Among the diplomats, what it is that we want to try and do, government off icials, and specialists and then become part of the debate. ... testifying were Sir David Manning, lately If we have a network, we should try to British ambassador in Washington; and Sir use it to that end. Jeremy Greenstock, a former ambassador Greenstock: We had this fight with to the United Nations. Here, in their own [the Americans] over their policy on words, is a sampling of their insights. Bosnia - a bitter division. In the end the Americans decided that, actually, their Sir David Manning: Basically, the policy was not going to produce peace Americans don’t do self-deprecation, so in the Balkans and that the Europeans you better get up there, make your case, actually had a ... possible solution to and say why it’s a good one. I always felt the Balkans crisis. ... So suddenly, that the Embassy (in Washington) was in August 1995, they came over to itself a lobby group. ... There is a lot of London first and said that they were competition from within America itself, going to take over aspects of our policy as well as certainly from other countries. – but they were going to implement it Having access to the Hill, having access themselves. to the White House, and having access to the media to make sure that you can Manning: I suspect get your message across to the whole that you have [in Barack United States through a network are all Oba m a ] a P re sident very important. It will not get any easier, Sir David Manning who, first of all, is new particularly when the regime has changed to foreign relations, and it quite hard to come to in the United States. it is important for us a conclusion themselves, to understand that his Sir Jeremy Greenstock: The United States background is completely tends to walk around with quite heavy boots, because there is such a cacophony of voices. Even different from that of his and there are some sensitive f lowers in the predecessors. He is a very United Nations. The United Kingdom is a lot if the Administration do come to a conclusion ... quick study ... but he does better at the tactical handling of other (U.N.) not come with knowledge delegations and of language in drafting texts that doesn’t mean to say of Europe and Britain that and tactical maneuvering. We just happen to that the Hill will follow. Greenstock: B ei n g his predecessors would be tidier, more experienced, and better at it. have had. … The President Manning: One of the things that the a superpower is quite Sir Jeremy Greenstock a lonely business the also comes with a very Embassy (in Washington) has to do all the different perspective. He is way through is to try to assess who’s up, who’s Americans don’t have many friends out there; they talk among an American who grew up in Hawaii, whose down, and where the argument is actually going. I don’t look back thinking that there themselves and, in fact, American decisions foreign experience was of Indonesia and who was a tremendous [U.S.] campaign to deceive on hard issues are always finally made among had a Kenyan grandfather. The sentimental us. ... I think it was much more a question, a Americans. ... Outsiders, even outsiders in ref lexes, if you like, are not there. lot of the time, of the Administration finding Washington, are not involved in it - it is an

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Poland

New Zealand

Suriname

Slovenia

Peru

Vietnam

EMBASSY: 3517 International Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-243-6500 RESIDENCE: 2343 S St. NW, 20008

Nigeria

3001 Garrison St. NW, 20008

PALAU Hersey Kyota Lydia Shmull Kyota EMBASSY: 1701 Pennsylvania Ave. Ste. 300, 20006 TELEPHONE: 202-452-6814 RESIDENCE: 2214 Creek Dr., Alexandria, Va. 22308 SPOUSE:

PANAMA AMBASSADOR:

Jaime Eduardo Aleman

SPOUSE: Pilar de Aleman

2862 McGill Terr. NW, 20008 202-483-1407 RESIDENCE: 2601 29th St. NW, 20008 EMBASSY:

Willy C. Gaa SPOUSE: Erlinda Gaa EMBASSY: 1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-467-9300 RESIDENCE: 2253 R St. NW, 20008

POLAND Robert Kupiecki SPOUSE: Malgorzata Kupiecki EMBASSY: 2640 16th St. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-234-3800 RESIDENCE: 3101 Albemarle Ave. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

PORTUGAL João de Vallera Margareda Vallera EMBASSY: 2012 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-328-8610 RESIDENCE: 2125 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

AMBASSADOR: Evan Jeremy Paki EMBASSY: 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. 805, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-745-3680

QATAR PARAGUAY AMBASSADOR: Rigoberto Gauto-Vielman

Estela Espinola-Gauton EMBASSY: 2400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-483-6960 SPOUSE:

PERU

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Ali Al’Hajri SPOUSE: Afra Al-Mansouri EMBASSY: 2555 M St. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-274-1600 RESIDENCE: 4839 Indian Ln. NW, 20016

James Kimonyo Marie Murukatete EMBASSY: 1714 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-232-2882 RESIDENCE: 1752 Sycamore St. NW, 20012 SPOUSE:

SAINTKITTS ANDNEVIS Dr. Izben Cordinal Williams SPOUSE: Shirmel Rosetta Williams EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016 TELEPHONE: 202-686-2636 RESIDENCE: 9700 Beman Woods Wy., Potomac, Md. 20854 AMBASSADOR:

Adrian Vierita SPOUSE: Codrina Eugenia Vierita EMBASSY: 1607 23rd St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-4829 RESIDENCE: 2500 30th St. NW, 20008

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SAMOA Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia SPOUSE: Maria Lei Sam-Elisaia EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave. Ste. 400G, New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-599-6196 AMBASSADOR:

SAOTOMEANDPRINCIPE Ovidio Manuel Barbosa Pequeno SPOUSE: Leopoldina Pequeño EMBASSY: 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 300, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-775-2075 RESIDENCE: 3024 Covington St., Fairfax, Va. 20151 AMBASSADOR:

SAUDIARABIA Adel Al-Jubeir Farah Meshal D. Alfayez EMBASSY: 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-342-3800 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

SENEGAL AMBASSADOR:

Fatou Danielle

Diagne

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SAINTLUCIA Dr. Michael Louis SPOUSE: Greta Louis EMBASSY: 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016 TELEPHONE: 202-364-6792 AMBASSADOR:

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Luis Valdivieso SPOUSE: Cecilia Valdivieso EMBASSY: 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-833-9860 AMBASSADOR:

Sergey I. Kislyak Natalia M. Kislyak EMBASSY: 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-298-5700 RESIDENCE: 1125 16th St. NW, 20036 SPOUSE:

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2112 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-234-0540 RESIDENCE: 4500 Linnean Ave. NW, 20008 EMBASSY:

SERBIA SAINTVINCENTAND THEGRENADINES LaCelia Prince 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR: EMBASSY:

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Vladimir

Petrovic 2134 Kalorama Rd. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-332-0333 EMBASSY:

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DOWNTOTHESEAINLAWYERS Treasure hunters find submerged shipwrecks, embassies claim them

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In 2007, the owners of the Tampa-based underwater treasure hunting group Odyssey Marine Exploration thought they had hit the jackpot with the discovery of a mother lode of gold and silver coins from a Spanish shipwreck. So far, however, its only prize has been a series of court battles against lawyers engaged by the Embassy of Spain in Washington on behalf of the Madrid government claiming ownership of the wreck and its contents. The wreckage was the warship Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, intercepted in the Atlantic and sent to the bottom by a British frigate in 1804 while en route to Spain from Peru carrying 17 tons of specie worth an estimated $500 million. So far in 2009, the Florida courts have ruled that the coins and artifacts recovered from the Mercedes belonged to the Spanish government based on the principle of sovereign immunity. U.S. law regards a sunken warship the property of its country of origin virtually in perpetuity. Odyssey Marine Exploration, according to pending appeal documents, contends that no wreckage

SEYCHELLES Ronald Jumeau 800 2nd Ave., Ste. 400C, New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-972-1785 AMBASSADOR: EMBASSY:

Ct. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-237-1054 RESIDENCE: 7718 Carlton Pl., McLean, Va. 22102

Bockari Kortu Stevens SPOUSE: Musu Stevens EMBASSY: 1701 19th St. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-939-9261 RESIDENCE: 4821 Colorado Ave. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

SINGAPORE Chan Heng-Chee, Vice Dean of the Diplomatic Corps EMBASSY: 3501 International Pl. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-537-3100 RESIDENCE: 2620 Rock Creek Dr. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

Jorge Dezcallar Teresa Valente Dezcallar EMBASSY: 2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-452-0100 RESIDENCE: 2350 Foxhall Rd. NW, 20007 SPOUSE:

Roman Kirn Jovana Kirn EMBASSY: 2410 California St. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-386-6601 RESIDENCE: 2412 California St. NW, 20008 SPOUSE:

SLOVAKREPUBLIC  Peter Burian SPOUSE: Nina Burianova EMBASSY: 3523 International AMBASSADOR:

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SRILANKA Jaliya Wickramasuriya SPOUSE: Priyanaga Wickramasuriya EMBASSY: 2148 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-483-4025 RESIDENCE: 2503 30th St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR:

SOLOMON ISLANDS AMBASSADOR: Collin David Beck SPOUSE: Helen Beck EMBASSY: 800 2nd Ave. Ste. 400L, New York, NY 10017 TELEPHONE: 212-599-6192

SOUTHAFRICA Ebrahim Rasool SPOUSE: Roseida Shabodien EMBASSY: 3051 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-232-4400

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was discovered, only its apparent contents. The Mercedes court case was one of several recent sunken ship claims instituted by foreign embassies against American high-tech treasure hunters. Between them, the seagoing nations of Europe have for years kept a handful of specialist Washington lawyers very busy. Other recent cases include the legal battle between France and the state of Michigan over ownership of the remains of Le Griffon, a ship believed to have sunk in a storm on Lake Michigan in 1679. Meanwhile, the British government recently made a deal with Odyssey Marine Exploration to share the recovered contents of HMS Sussex, an 80-gun warship lost in 1664 off the coast of Gibraltar. The hulk itself is too fragile to attempt bringing to the surface. There is as yet no agreement on the massive 18th century ship HMS Victory, which the Florida firm also claims to have located. They have brought up two cannons to prove it but the real prize that lies in the deep is said to be gold bullion.

SWAZILAND Rev. Abednejo M. Ntshangafe SPOUSE: Phindile Ntshangafe EMBASSY: 1712 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20009 TELEPHONE: 202-234-5002 RESIDENCE: 10804 Brickyard Ct., Potomac, Md. 20854 AMBASSADOR:

SWEDEN Jonas Hafström Eva Hafström EMBASSY: 2900 K St. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-467-2600 RESIDENCE: 3900 Nebraska Ave. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

SUDAN Akec Khoc Aciew Khoc EMBASSY: 2210 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-338-8565 CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:



SWITZERLAND Manuel Sager Christine Sager EMBASSY: 2900 Cathedral AMBASSADOR:

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DIDYOUKNOW PERU INTERNATIONALBRIDGE After an impressive World Bank career devoted to gender equality, economist Cecilia Valdivieso, wife of Peruvian Ambassdor Luis Valdivieso, can now focus on another passion: playing Bridge. With a partner here and in Peru, this “Bronze Life Master” twice represented her nation in the South American championships and won the “Swiss Teams” gold trophy. Living and raising two children here for the last 30 years, she still belongs to the same Bethesda book club that was founded around Carderock Springs’ baby pool.

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TAJIKISTAN Abdujabbor Shirinov Gurg Shirinov EMBASSY: 1005 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-223-6090 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

AMBASSADOR: Sonatane Tu’akinamolahi Taumoepeau Tupou EMBASSY: 250 E. 51st St. New York, NY 10022 TELEPHONE: 917-369-1025

TRINIDAD& TOBAGO CHARGé D’AFFAIRES :

TANZANIA AMBASSADOR:

Mwandaidi

Sinare Maajar 1232 22nd St. NW, 20037 TELEPHONE: 202-939-6125 EMBASSY:

THAILAND Kittiphong Naranong EMBASSY: 1024 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Ste. 401, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-944-3600 AMBASSADOR:

Donna Henry 1708 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-467-6490 RESIDENCE: 7530 17th St. NW, 20012 EMBASSY:

TUNISIA Tarek Ben Youssef EMBASSY: 1515 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20005 TELEPHONE: 202-862-1850 CHARGé D’AFFAIRES:

TOGO Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-745-7900 RESIDENCE: 2920 Cathedral Ave. NW, 20008

SYRIA AMBASSADOR:

Dr. Imad

Moustapha SPOUSE: Dr. Rafif Al-Sayed Moustapha EMBASSY: 2215 Wyoming Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-232-6313 RESIDENCE: 2447 Kalorama

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Balouki 2208 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-234-4212 CHANCERY:

TURKEY Namik Tan Fügen Tan EMBASSY: 2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-612-6700 RESIDENCE: 1606 23rd St. NW, 20008 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

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HITTINGAHIGHNOTE Jerome Barry’s Embassy Series focuses on international music in the capital

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oston native and acclaimed baritone singer Jerome Barry captures audiences across the nation as he performs in many languages. His skill is an enviable one, and he has transferred his international skills to his position as director of the Embassy Series, a successful series of chamber and vocal music concerts in Washington. Barry’s many talents were honed at Boston’s Northeastern University and Tufts University, as well as time spent at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Music. After performing throughout Europe, Barry started on a large-scale tour of Israel, performing at over 300 concerts with institutions such as the Israel National Opera and the Jerusalem Symphony. Upon his return to the States, his musical reputation brought him to some of the most renowned concert halls and recording companies

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in the country, and his appearances have included performances at Carnegie Hall and with the Boston Pops. His expansive career has garnered much attention, both in the United States and abroad. Now residing in Washington, Barry teaches music classes at George Washington University and American University. Through his work with the Embassy Series, he has produced programs for diplomatic events at the Russian Federation, Austria, Mexico, Canada, France, Romania, Hungary, Poland, and the Netherlands, just to name a few. His career extends into philanthropic endeavors through involvement with various embassies and other cultural organizations. Barry’s international artistry and humanitarian efforts combined with his booming baritone have made him a fixture in Washington’s cultural community.

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IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR NEW AMBASSADORS (And Everybody Graduates) Diplomats-in-training are surprised to discover that prepping for a new post involves much more than language lessons and protocol seminars BY ROLAND FLAMINI

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s prominent Washington real filled from outside the U.S. Foreign Service by for International Development (AID) and – inevitably – the CIA. estate developer Stuart Bernstein White House appointees. Newly appointed career ambassadors are “The purpose of the course is really to help remembers it, he was sitting in a bus looking out at the tree-lined nominees to learn about the ambassadorial role also required to take the course, creating a mix road when the vehicle scraped to a sudden they are going to play,” says Tracey Jacobson, can be an awkward experience, but, according halt. Armed men with ski masks covering their deputy director of the Arlington-based Foreign to participants, rarely is. State Department faces forced open the door and burst into the Service Institute, which holds the seminar. In professionals have long resented a political bus, shouting and menacing the passengers accepting to serve as American ambassadors system that hands out the plum posts to with their weapons. But this was Fort Bragg, most of the nominees are as much venturing major campaign contributors and presidential N.C., and the terrorist attack had been staged into the unknown as if they were walking into friends. This is not to say that many non-career ambassador s have to give the dozen or distinguished so newly nominated themselves in the past, U.S. ambassadors in and how to deal with people, but the seminar got me and continue to do so. the bus a foretaste of to know the way the system works.” But career diplomats what could happen “understand from in their respective Stuart Bernstein, former ambassador to Denmark, on the effectiveness early on that there is foreign posts (but of the State Department’s Ambassadorial Seminar. not much chance we hopefully would not). are going to get a call Even knowing it was a simulation, recalls Bernstein – a George W. a dark room; the course helps them to locate for an embassy in Europe,” declares Thomas B. Robertson, a former ambassador who until Bush ambassador to Denmark – the attack “was the light switch. The amount of information packed into the recently was a senior member of the Foreign still very real. The Special Forces who carried out the hostage-taking and the rescue did a two weeks is voluminous – rather like trying Service Institute. “There is a little bit of tension,” concedes to speed read “Moby Dick.” Participants are wonderful job.” Fort Bragg was then the envoys’ field day briefed on foreign policy by an undersecretary attorney Sue McCourt Cobb, a former George (now it’s McGill Air Base, Tampa) in a two- and attend a two-day media course that W. Bush ambassador to Jamaica and a oneweek crash course officially known as the includes facing hostile reporters at a mock time co-chairman of the seminar. “But the Ambassadorial Seminar, but referred to at press conference, making a speech before an ambassador’s role is all about leadership. The the State Department somewhat derisively as unfriendly audience, and learning to handle outside intake (i.e., political appointees) brings “The Charm School.” The seminar is crucial television appearances. They also meet top tremendous leadership from other areas. Leaders because since the Kennedy presidency around officials from other government agencies have skills that are transferable.” She and others 30 percent of ambassadorial posts are regularly with overseas interests, such as the Agency say blending career nominees with political

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appointees in the course has been mutually beneficial. Careerists get a fresh perspective, and the political appointees pick up useful information from the professionals. A variation of the bus hijacking that really pumped the adrenalin was a mid-air hostage taking attack described by Penne Korth Peacock, George H.W. Bush’s ambassador to Mauritius. Shortly after taking off in a small plane to Jekyll Island, Ga., for the security part of the course, “the toilet door was suddenly whacked open,” she recalls. An armed man clad in black raced down the aisle, yanked her to her feet, and forced her to read aloud an authentic sounding statement denouncing the U.S. government. “Intellectually you know they’re trying to make you aware of the dangers you might face,” Korth says, “but it was still very frightening.” Bernstein recalls “being taken into a room where there were four chairs. I sat on one, and they placed dummies on the other three. Then the room went black, there were a lot of gun flashes, and when the lights came back on the dummies were lying on the floor.” Then-Senator Barack Obama caused a flutter of anticipation during the 2008 presidential campaign by saying that, “Too often ambassadorships have served as political rewards for unqualified candidates.” Many took this to mean that he planned to end the diplomatic spoils system as part of his proclaimed climate

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people, but the seminar got me to know the way the system works,” he says. But Kathryn Proffitt, a former communications executive from Denver who was Clinton’s nominee as ambassador to Malta, feels the program was short shrift. “It was good: it gave us a real working knowledge of how the State Department works, what happens in a crisis and what to do about it – and the networking was invaluable,” was her summing up. “We were in a class of about 20 nominees, and we really bonded.” Yet despite the volume of information, “the program is pretty minimal, and not that intense. There were many more things that we needed, like protocol. We had a lecture about it, but it wasn’t country specific. Not enough time was spent focusing on such issues as the of change. But the key words – the lawyer’s importance of the political opposition. By the escape clause – were “unqualified candidates.” end of the seminar you hadn’t learned enough The Obama White House has doled out as to ask the right questions.” Proffitt said each nominee had to many ambassadorships to political appointees as previous administrations had done, and for supplement the course with a lot of personal pretty much the same reason. According to an interviewing and research to be up to speed analysis by the Center for Responsible Politics, – and not everyone did. She thinks the seminar 21 ambassadorial nominees, including wives and should be twice as long, four weeks instead of two. Alternatively, children, contributed there should be a $117,100 to Obama, follow-on six months and bundled later. around $4 million And here’s an for his presidential amazing fact about campaign. the seminar: in more The course is as American ambassadors most than four decades of obligatory, Jacobson ambassadorial courses, says, because the of the nominees are as much not one nominee has nominees “get the venturing into the unknown ever said, “This is best infor mation, as if they were walking into a too much for me: I the best contacts dark room; the [Ambassadorial want to go back to – and food for thought.” A former Seminar] helps them to locate Goldman Sachs (or wherever).” Perhaps career ambassador the light switch.” if the two weeks at to Turkmenistan the Foreign Service and Tajikistan, she Institute were more is an alumna of the seminar. But is it enough to turn a neophyte of a screening, as well as a learning process, some of the less successful (let’s not be coy: into one of the nation’s ambassadors? Bernstein, a long-time fund raising disastrous) ambassadors, political or careerist, powerhouse for the Republicans, says the would never have reached their posts to do course “opened up a new world. I know damage both to their country’s image and how to run a business and how to deal with reputation and to the system.

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TURKMENISTAN Meret Orazov Irina Orazova EMBASSY: 2207 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-588-1500 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

UGANDA Perezi Kamunanwire Carolyn Hubbard Kamunanwire EMBASSY: 5911 16th St. NW, 20011 TELEPHONE: 202-726-0416 RESIDENCE: 4000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20016 AMBASSADOR: SPOUSE:

UNITEDARABEMIRATES Yousef Al Otaiba Abeer Al Otaiba EMBASSY: 3522 International Ct. NW, Ste. 400, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-243-2400

Olexander

Motsysk Natalia Terletskaya EMBASSY: 3350 M St. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-349-2920 RESIDENCE: 4744 Foxhall Cres. NW, 20007 SPOUSE:

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UNITEDKINGDOM OFGREATBRITAINAND NORTHERNIRELAND AMBASSADOR: Sir Nigel Sheinwald SPOUSE: Lady (Julia) Sheinwald EMBASSY and RESIDENCE: 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 TELEPHONE: 202-588-6500

UKRAINE AMBASSADOR:

9001 Clewerwall Dr., Bethesda, Md. 20817

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URUGUAY Carlos Alberto Gianelli SPOUSE: Maria Monica Nari Lloveras EMBASSY: 1913 I St. NW, 20006 TELEPHONE: 202-331-1313

YEMEN UZBEKISTAN

AMBASSADOR:

Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov SPOUSE: Gulnara Rashidovna EMBASSY: 1746 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20036 TELEPHONE: 202-887-5300

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VENEZUELA AMBASSADOR:

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Alvarez Margarete de Alvarez EMBASSY: 1099 30th St. NW, 20007 TELEPHONE: 202-342-2214 RESIDENCE: 2443 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 20008 SPOUSE:

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Embellishing Embassy Row Concerned neighbors work with the diplomatic corps to restore Massachusetts Avenue to its glory days BY ANN GERACIMOS

A historic view of Sheridan Circle NW in 1970 (Photo by J. Alexander)

Left: The Embassy of Finland added to Massachusetts Avenue’s historic row of linden trees with a planting and reception for Restore Mass Ave in June 2008. Participants included (left to right): Steve Callcott, D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board; Roger Cortesi, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Restore Massachusetts Avenue President Deborah Shapley; Jack Werner, D.C. Department of Environment; Finnish Amb. Pekka Lintu. (Photo courtesy of Restore Mass Ave)

rees and greenery are both a political and an emotional issue in Washington — and for good reason. “Washington is one of a few cities that has committed to expanding the acreage of tree canopy,” says Deborah Shapley, founder and president of the small nonprofit group, Restore Mass Ave (RMA), dedicated to furthering best practices in the field. She calls District officials “very pro-tree,” in large part because “we have a D.C. Urban Forestry Administration within our Department of Transportation. They have recommendations about what grows well and are extremely professional.” The problem is getting city trees to survive and grow well. Arborists, she notes, agree it is the first three years that are crucial. “Once they are growing, they don’t need as much care.” RMA’s goals are to raise awareness about the importance of protecting trees and greenery along one of Washington’s most imposing thoroughfares, as well as act as a model for

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other groups interested in doing similar work elsewhere. RMA doesn’t plant trees – the group doesn’t have the money for that – but its members do offer advice and, to some extent, help maintain trees.To date, they have arranged for more than 160 plantings, including 80 from the city and 80 from the nonprofit Casey Trees (whose $50 million endowment set up by philanthropist Betty Casey is meant to beautify the nation’s capital). Ms. Shapley had observed how the city “would pull up one [tree] and put down another” but not bother much with follow-up care. “For many years I had been walking up and down Massachusetts Avenue watching trees along the sidewalk die. Many other species were suffering from different problems, and there was a lot of cutting due to the renovation of buildings.There was no way I could personally remind property owners up and down the avenue to get out their hoses.”

She discovered that many property owners along the route – including their household staffs – didn’t even know they were allowed to water the trees. Since many of the trees involved are out of the reach of hoses, RMA felt it had to hire a commercial service to do the job during the high summer heat in 2007. Another issue is dealing with pruning and educating people about when and how this is best done. “The concept we are putting forward is ‘you cannot understand architecture without the landscape.’’’ Shapley says. “One analogy is if you go to Mount Vernon and only see a house. You need also to see a driveway and the land around it.” She began the organization in 2006 by stirring up the residents near her apartment on a fabled stretch of land that runs from Sheridan Circle to the U.S. Naval Observatory. Known as Embassy Row, it is home to many diplomatic missions whose tenants may be unaware that, while they are technically “extra-territorial,”

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Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, ambassador of Zambia, thanks more than 100 volunteers from Casey Trees and RMA after they planted 15 trees around the embassy, at 2419 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in April 2008. The embassies of Slovenia and Paraguay and the park at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and S Street NW got carefully chosen new trees that day as well. (Photo courtesy of Restore Mass Ave.)

The large tree seen from the 2300 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW was one of the original American lindens that lined the avenue’s lawns for four miles across the city. They made a shady alley with lindens aligned next to the curb. In the foreground is a new linden tree Restore Mass Ave added to fill in the row in May 2007 in front of the home of the late S. Dillon Ripley, at 2324 Massachusetts Ave. NW. To date, Restore Mass Ave has arranged about 50 of these “second row” trees – lindens, oaks, or elms – where the original trees are gone. (Photo courtesy of Restore Mass Ave.)

Volunteers from Casey Trees and RMA plant a new oak tree that will one day shade the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW, where hundreds of people board the shuttle to Georgetown University every day. (Photo courtesy of Restore Mass Ave)

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i.e., foreign property, they are responsible under city law for maintaining their trees. A main accomplishment of the group, starting in 2007, was establishing that the District’s tree laws applied to these missions. “D.C. law declares that trees within its boundaries are a vital resource and classifies that [responsibility] as something important to the operation of the city,” she says. “A big thing that I think now is widely understood is for delegations not to take down any trees larger than 55 inches in diameter.” Such concern – and action – is necessary, she notes, since the federal Historic Landmark and Historic Preservation Act of 1978 governs buildings not landscapes. “People who own buildings can be made to appreciate the potential of a single unified landscape [along the route]. And they naturally have an interest in caring for trees near them since they are the ones they see every day.” Maintenance is not the only important thing; so is an understanding of how socalled monoculture – planting a single species – can be fatal.Take into account, for example, the fate of the original Dutch Elm that fell prey to an apparently unstoppable blight. The initial idea was to find people in the neighborhood interested in the trees near them — “people with fire in their eyes. It could be a gardener, an ambassador, or homeowner. The first check rolled in from Kindy French, a concerned citizen in the community. “Her check for $10,000 showed up in an envelope and I didn’t even have a bank account yet,” Shapley recalls. To date, the group has an email distribution list of 590. An April reception held at the temporary Massachusetts Avenue residence of the ambassador of Cyprus drew 70 supporters. A grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation will allow RMA to produce a brochure “to promote historic landscape and show this avenue was planted originally as one large civic space like the jewels on a necklace.”

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Historic Homecoming The new Mead Center for American Theater marks a turning point for Arena Stage and Washington performing arts B Y M O L LY S M I T H , A R E N A STAG E A RTI STI C D I R EC TO R

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he long-awaited moment has arrived – we are home. After 11 years of planning and two and a half years of construction, the new Mead Center for American Theater is open for business. We are thrilled to return to Southwest Washington, where Arena Stage’s rich, 60-year legacy is deeply rooted. The opening of the Mead Center is about much more than producing theater – it’s about bringing the cultural opportunities that can only come from the arts to an entire community. Arena’s decision to move from its Southwest Washington, D.C. campus to a different location during the construction process was unheard of – no other theater has done that before. But for us, there were no other options. Through this transition time known as “Arena Restaged,” the Crystal City Theatre and the historic Lincoln Theatre on U St. graciously took us in. Those

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seasons featured some tremendous artistic successes, including three productions developed at Arena Stage that then moved to Broadway. Although transitions are always challenging, the loyalty and excitement that our audiences have shared with us over the past three years has been remarkable. And now, we’re here, and the timing couldn’t be better – just in time to celebrate Arena Stage’s 60th anniversary in this breathtaking new center for American theater. For the first time in our history, all staff and artists will be under one roof.With strong casts for our inaugural productions that include actors Phylicia Rashad, Anna Deavere Smith, and E. Faye Butler, Arena’s diamond anniversary will be all the more sweet. Arena Stage is honored to have support from the leaders of our nation and the nation’s capital in this momentous season. There could be no one better to help us celebrate Arena Stage’s new

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home for American theater as Honorary Chairs of the inaugural season than President and First Lady Obama We are deeply grateful for their commitment to the arts in our country. Mayor Fenty, his wife Michelle, and all of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officials have been immensely supportive throughout the past decade of this project. They recognize that our huge expansion is an exciting moment for the D.C. theater community and will reach many people over the decades to come.

Our opening season back home would not be complete without them. We are finally back, and we look forward to opening our doors to artists, audience members, and friends in the community. The Mead Center is a soaring building that recognizes the importance of American artists; it is a place for people to come from across the nation to share in the production, presentation, development, and study of the American tapestry. Welcome home. (Clockwise from top left): The main entrance of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects). The exterior of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, slated to open in October 2010. (Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects). Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith. (Photo courtesy of Arena Stage) The interior of the newly added 200-seat theater in the Mead Center for American Theater, the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle. (Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects) The newly renovated Fichandler Stage. (Photo by Nic Lehoux, courtesy Bing Thom Architects)

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Star Power Meryl Streep bolsters the National Women’s History Museum, Ludy Green promotes second chances for women at risk, and Lynda Webster hosts a “coffee and catch up” BY DONNA SHOR

MARVELOUSMERYL Everyone working with Meryl Streep at the “Our Nation’s Daughters” gala at the Mandarin Oriental was singing her praises: “down-to-earth,” “gracious,” and “passionate about our nations need to honor its women.” The event launched a petition asking Congress to pass a bill it has ignored for seven years: to permit the National Women’s History Museum to buy a tract of land for a brick-and-mortar building. Speaking of the many heroic, unsung American women, Streep cited Deborah Sampson, the first woman to take a bullet for our country, told of her bravery as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and asked, “Do your sons and daughters [even] know Deborah Sampson’s name?” The Academy-Award-winning star – who many critics regard as America’s greatest living actress – puts her cash where her passion is. She is donating a cool $1 million to the museum’s building fund. LASTKISSOFSUMMER Ludy Green, founder of Second Chance Employment Services, put together another smashing Last Kiss of Summer gala to benefit the charity. With an excellent Four Seasons dinner, a hot band, and a ready-to-party crowd, mostly twenty- or thirty-somethings, the scene was additionally enhanced by many long-stemmed beauties, mostly blondes. Britt McHenry, a sports reporter at ABC7/ WJLA-TV and TBD TV (formerly News Channel 8) was master of ceremonies; the

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Niswander; Laura Reece, a new member of the Washington Ballet Women’s Committee, and her husband Glen; Debbie Sigmund; lawyer Donna Lee; fashionista Sunanda Patel; University of Connecticut football jock-turned-I.T.-guru Richard Carvalho; the Export-Import Bank’s Polina Goubanov; activist Tino Angelo; Clark Seydel, whose mother is Pat Mitchell, is well known here for her past presidency of PBS; and Inga Giebels, who is visiting the U.S. from Holland for three months to study the natives. Above: Meryl Streep talks women’s history at the “Our Nation’s Daughters” benefit (Photo by Neshan Nalchayan) Left: Ludy Green and Katie Hnida onstage at the Second Chance Employment Services Benefit. (Photo by Bryan S. Blanken)

guest speaker was another tall blonde, Katie Hnida, an author and activist for the evening’s cause of providing help and employment for at-risk women and their children. Green, SCES’s founder and a longtime champion of women’s issues, has held both state and federal appointments, and was named U.S. delegate to the Global Summit of Women in 2008 in Hanoi, in Chile in 2009 and China in 2010.Washingtonian magazine crowned her Woman of the Year in 2008. Event chairwoman Betty Thompson, of Booz, Allen, Hamilton, spoke of the charity’s successes, and Cynthia Carter, one of the more than 500 women who have been helped by SCES, spoke movingly of the changes in her life the group has wrought. Dr. Ronald S. Perlman, the chairman of the board, again charmed the audience with his quiet good humor and concern for the cause. Seen: Dr. Perlman’s assistant, the beautiful Virginia Mullaney ; balletomane Lisa

GLADTOBEBACK Lynda Webster’s back-to-town “coffee and catch-up” at the Chevy Chase Club heralds the opening of the fall social season and offers a great cross-section of the capital’s social-diplomatic power scene. Webster was just back from her annual fishing trip with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor – this time in Montana. The wives of the Japanese, Belgian, and British ambassadors were present, and Lady Sheinwald, of the latter country, brought along her mother, who is visiting from England. Spotted in the crowd: Alma Powell. Susan Porter Rose, Nina Pillsbury, Lola Reinsch, Joanne Kemp, and Gail West, who said she and her husband Togo spent their summer traveling all around the Mediterranean. One guest, Anna Maria Via, went home, tripped on a rug, broke her leg and after surgery is now laid up in rehab. “Giorgio immediately got rid of the carpet,” she said. Like the dogged charity-worker that she is, and despite her pain, she added, “Thank heavens I already had all the auction items in place for AFTA’s October gala!”

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MILESTONE Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal was honored as the first female recipient of the “Proge%o Donna” medical award, bestowed by Italy’s AILA Foundation in recognition of her work to combat arthritis and osteoporosis. MUSICAL INTERLUDE The event was unusual inasmuch as it included a concert by Affe i Collaterali, a band founded by AILA President Francesco Bove, which finances medical research projects through its appearances and CD sales. Disco queen Amii (“Knock on Wood”) Stewart also performed.

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Music and Movies Welbourne’s invitation-only music fest; Ovoka goes on the market; Revisiting “Secretariat” BY VICKY MOON

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Hunt Country’s loveliest social traditions takes place biannually at the stately 1775 Upperville mansion known as Welbourne on the Saturday after Labor Day. Organized as the Goose Creek Jass and Ragtime Society, the event dates to a 1974 memorial service for Holmes Morison, a member of the multigenerations of Dulany descendants who have owned the estate. Those gathered at the first Welbourne reception played New Orleans-inspired tunes on a vintage 78 RPM Victrola set on the banks of Goose Creek.Taking on the original spelling of the word “jass,” and establishing a subscription dance, the party – now a cakewalk – continues by invitation only. A dance floor set up on the front lawn against the backdrop of the main house with the musicians on the expansive front porch conjures a gentler era. This year’s ensemble included Chance Bushman and Amy Johnson with the Loose Marbles from New Orleans; Tuba Skinny, also from New Orleans; and John Gill’s Saloon Band from New York City. Founders include various members of the Morison, Armfield, Merchant, Coyner, and Scheulen families. Guests settle into lawn chairs, Chinese lanterns dangle from the trees, and dusk gives way to the serene elixir of Indian Summer. Some sip “Welbourne Punch,” made from an ancient Dulany family recipe: Jamaican rum, French brandy, Claret, strong tea, rock candy, served over crushed ice with lemons and limes – guaranteed to transform anyone into a loose marble.

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headquarters for both armies during the “War Between the States” (as it’s still called in certain circles here) and the stables feature essential amenities such as automatic fly spray and water for your horses. Coles moves with ease from fox hunting to house hunting. Raised in the Charlottesville area, he’s a direct descendent of “T.J,” (Thomas Jefferson, known in these parts as “Mister Jefferson”). In his soft-spoken style, he escorts clients around the countryside without the hard-sell pitch. He’s fondly known in these here parts as a G.O.B. (good ol’ boy). “I don’t know how good,” he says modestly. OFF AND RUNNING: Washington-based writer Bill Nack covered the 1973 tale of the

big red racehorse Secretariat as he won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown Champion in 25 years. He later wrote a successful book about that winning season. A lifelong horse lover, Nack got his job as a turf writer when he surprised Above Amy Johnson and Chance Newsday’s editorial staff with his Bushman stomp New Orleans style ability to tick off the names of at the Cakewalk at Welbourne in Upperville, Va.. (Photo by Vicky every Kentucky Derby winner G.O.B.: The polo season Moon) Left: Secretariat, one of five since 1875. He went on to cover has given way to the “actor horses” in the eponymously named Disney film, crosses the racing (and boxing) for Sports fox-chasing season as finish line at the Saratoga Race Illustrated and earned seven Eclipse riders mount up for Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios) Awards for his turf prose. People misty early morning always ask him about Secretariat outings referred to as “cubbing.” John Coles is a joint master and now, 37 years later, Disney’s breathtaking of the Orange County Hunt. When not film inspired by his book has made its debut. out riding, he wears his realtor’s hat. A 25- Portrayed by actor Kevin Connolly (star of year veteran in the business, his most recent HBO’s “Entourage”), the real Bill Nack gets a listings include Ovoka, a drop dead gorgeous speaking part as a reporter in the crush. Federal manor set on 200 acres, surrounded by “I’ve played real people before, but never 2,000 acres of protected lands. Listed at $6.2 anyone who is still alive,” Connolly said. “He’s million, the picturesque property, once home super knowledgeable about everything, not to the Thomas family, served as temporary just horse racing. He’s done it all.”

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Hopelessly Devoted Supporting Inova Health System’s nursing staff can help save lives BY RIC EDELMAN

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urses devote their careers to serving others. They are overworked, underpaid, and frequently underappreciated. And with them devoting all their time looking after everyone else, they too often ignore their own needs. That’s why it’s important to make sure nurses have the resources they need to take care of their careers and finances just as they take care of us. This is why my wife Jean and I support the professional and personal development goals of nurses through the Inova Health System’s Edelman Nursing Career Development Center. Established in 2005, the Center has become a vital resource for nurses looking for career advancement through continuing education, career consultation and new clinical experiences. In addition, the Edelman Center distributes nursing scholarships and financial awards to qualified Inova employees who are seeking nursing degrees, students enrolled in nursing programs who agree to work at Inova after they graduate, and Inova nurses working on advanced degrees. In the past year, about 2,000 nurses accessed the services of the Edelman Nursing Career Development Center. These programs and services, expanded in 2008 with a $1 million donation, have made a measurable impact in the everyday lives of nurses. Take the case of a maternity nurse who was struggling to support her family.With a $1,000 scholarship from the Center, she was able to take continuing education courses that allowed her to take on more responsibility at the hospital – and bring home a larger paycheck to better provide for her children.

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Jean and Ric Edelman (left) help support the nursing staff at Inova Health System so they can continue to help others. To support nursing or other services at Inova Health System visit inova.org/inspire

Even a modest grant can make a tremendous difference. Nurses have received financial assistance to attend specialized medical conferences, enhance their clinical knowledge, and develop their leadership skills – opportunities they might not otherwise have had. But it’s not just about financial support.

Jean has served on the Inova Nursing Advisory Council for many years, volunteering at numerous nursing events and presenting at Inova nursing conferences. My colleagues and I at Edelman Financial have given presentations to the Center, sharing our expertise on financial planning with nurses to help them plan for a comfortable future. We also offer nurses a free checkup of their retirement assets in 403(b) and other employer-sponsored plans. Our core caregivers at all levels of medicine are nurses. Supporting the education and career development of these professionals, who are so dedicated and committed to the community, not only improves the lives of nurses, but also benefits us all.

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SMITHSONIAN YOUNG BENEFACTORS BASH LAURENGARRY and CLAIRE HUBER celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Smithsonian Young Benefactors at the Embassy of Finland. / THERESA PHILLIPPE and LAURA MEROLA. (Photos by J.B. Yong)

LUKE’S WINGS’ BEACH BASH LISAMEADE, LISA GILLANWATER, DAYNA ZANE, ASHLEYBRIGHT and BRITTANYBURANYCH/JOANIE RYLANDER, FLETCHERGILL, and LINDSAYKIN (Photos by Vithaya Phongsavan)

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he first thing you notice about the Egyptian Residence is its gracefully rounded Romanesque Revival façade. “It’s like a piece of pie,” says Suzy Shoukry, wife of Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry and a Parsons School of Design graduate. “This residence is palatial, less homey than Geneva where we last were, but there is no reason for it not to be comfortable and cozy.” The Royal Egyptian Government bought this unique Sheridan Circle mansion in 1928 from socialite Margaret Beale for $150,000 to serve as King Fouad I’s residence during a state visit that never happened.The Egyptian government decided to keep the stately home as their ambassador’s residence. The exterior is dominated by a third-floor archway directly above the front doorway that is supported by a pair of second floor double columns. Appropriately flanking the entrance are two majestic carved stone benches with watchful lion heads, evoking ancient Egypt where they symbolized the guarding of sunrise and sunset. Once inside, the elaborate and luxurious interior boasts a beautiful spiral staircase, intricately patterned parquet floors, hand-tied Egyptian and Persian rugs, puddled silk striped curtains, and gilded barrel and circular ceilings. One is immediately aware that this great house is one of Washington’s most unique embassy properties. A comprehensive restoration from 1999 to 2002 brought the mansion back to life. Inspired by its elaborate gilded ceilings and walls, Suzy Shoukry oversaw the transformation of the first floor Museum of Antiquities, helping to design a proper showcase for its numerous treasures. “We installed a highly sophisticated security system to protect everything,” she notes. The newly designed and lighted first-floor museum includes a collection dating back to 3,000 B.C. that transports visitors to the ancient Land

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The main salon overlooking Sheridan Circle incorporates warm reds to complement the gold and cream decor and gilded detailing throughout. The graceful entrance, through the adjacent jewel-like rotunda to the dining room, sets an elegant stage.

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Clockwise from above: Constructed between 1907-1909 by architect Glenn Browne, who also built the Dumbarton (Buffalo) Bridge, this handsome stucco and limestone residence features a central arch above the doorway at the third-floor level supported by columns from the second; Mrs. Shoukhry in the redesigned Residence Museum which showcases the embassy’s priceless antiquities; the collection surrounds a grand piano topped by family portraits and includes animal mummies, alabaster vessels, clay pottery, inlaid brass, carved wood and Coptic treasures; a 19th-century marble bust is reflected in detail on a mirrored mantelpiece.

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of the Nile. Most recognizable are the mummy masks and mummified sacred birds of the pharaohs, alabaster plates and bowls handsomely lighted from within, and inlaid brass bowls, basins and boxes with arabesque motifs. The Shoukrys are now adding Coptic artifacts to include Egypt’s Christian heritage to complement the original collection of pharaonic and Islamic treasures. “We often welcome our guests there with a cocktail reception so they can enjoy the museum before going upstairs for dinner. I want them to be comfortable and know that they are important to us, so I make every dinner party unique,” Suzy Shoukry says. Guests who have previously visited the house will probably notice a difference. It turns out that she couldn’t wait to make it feel like home. “The morning after we arrived, I woke up very early – around 2 a.m. It was still dark but I was dying to move things around,” she recalls. “I couldn’t wait until everyone was up, so I put the big items on the rugs and pulled them from here to there.You should have seen the faces of the staff in the morning when they saw that everything was different!” To Ambassador Shoukry, the city already felt like home. As a young boy, he lived in Washington when his father was the embassy’s first secretary and he loves retracing his footsteps, especially in Chevy Chase. “I have fond memories of Glen Echo and Luray Caverns,” he explains, “and playing football and baseball at Lafayette Elementary.” He vividly remembers the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated: “I was getting ready for football practice when we got the news. Immediately, everyone went home and we were fixated for the next three days in front of the TV.,” the ambassador of the world’s most populous Arab country remembers. “I have a deep respect for U.S. value systems and the history of the Founding Fathers.” This top diplomatic couple were high school sweethearts and have built their family life together around his ambassadorial postings to Austria and the United Nations in Geneva, time in New York as Egypt’s United Nations Representative, and important appointments back home as the foreign

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Clockwise from above: The hall of the piano nobile boasts elaborate parquet flooring and leads to “the heart of the house:” the gilded rotunda with its Aubusson tapestrycovered furniture; The graceful circular staircase has velvet handrails. “Nydia, The Blind Girl of Pompei” by Randolph Rogers greets guests in a special alcove; Egyptian glass, illuminated by candlelight matches the embassy’s china, giving the dining room a glow that is both warm and inviting.

ministry’s chief of staff and President Mubarak’s information secretary. In Washington, on the rare occasions when they have time alone, the Shoukrys love waterfront dining in Georgetown with their dog “Kaiser” and Kennedy Center musicals (especially “Evita,” and “The King and I”). Each summer they look forward to the month of July at home, sharing their Mediterranean oasis with their two grown sons and their families, including one cherished grandson – named Sameh Jr., of course.

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Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marc Satrazemis, Jane Howard, and Patrick Chauvin. (The buyers agent was Jeff Mauer.) Shapiro, a native Washingtonian, is an entrepreneur who was a pioneer in wireless technology in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s running cellular phone companies in Ohio and the Caribbean. The semi-retired tech mogul is relocating to his condo in Georgetown. The Massachusetts Avenue Heights Georgianstyle brick manse was built by Washington developer Larry Brandt in 1989 to include a grand entrance foyer and reception hall leading to embassy-size public rooms, meticulously landscaped grounds, two kitchens, a walnutpaneled library with coffered ceiling, heated pool, and (of course) top-of-the-line audio, video, lighting, and cellular technology. Bob Pincus and Roxanne Little bought KSTREETNW for $2,987,500 from Lano Armada Harbourside LLC. Pincus is vice-chairman of EagleBank and chairman of Blackstreet Capital Management and Milestone Merchant Partners LLC. The multilevel condo at the Residences at Harbourside in Georgetown includes 4,162 square feet of interior living space and over 2,700 square feet of terraces with phenomenal views of the Potomac River and Kennedy Center. The property also features a chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, spacious master suite with his-and-hers bathrooms and closets, and two additional bedroom suites. The selling agent was Michelle Galler of TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Real Estate. Pincus and Little are parting with their house at  CALIFORNIA STREET NW (also listed by Michelle Galler) in Kalorama for $5,995,000 which they put on the market last spring. The 1916 Georgian is the former home of William

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credited with selecting anchorman Dan Rather and creating â&#x20AC;&#x153;60 Minutes.â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Leonard is the mother of Fox News host Chris Wallace. Caleb and Joyce Ward bought  T STREET NW in Dupont Circle from Jonathan and Janet Tech mogul Stephen Schapiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Georgian-style home at 2808 Woodland Brody for $1,255,000. Mr. Drive NW recently sold for $5,225,000. Features include a pool, landscaped Ward is a lobbyist and PR grounds, and the latest video, lighting, and technology systems. consultant at Kreab Gavin Anderson and Mrs. Ward is a vice president property was built in 1981 and is one of the at JP Morgan in the District. Mr. Brody does largest and most spectacular houses designed marketing for TriCipher, a fraud and identity by famed Washington architect Arthur Cotton theft protection company. The five-bedroom, Moore, who is best known for the Washington four-bath property in the Striversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Section Harbour development on the Potomac in Historic District was built in 1905. The four- Georgetown and the restoration of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level townhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amenities include a private tallest residential building, the Cairo Hotel, in garden, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, 1974. The newly renovated property boasts and a legal rental unit on the lower level. a tree-lined entry from Ambassadorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Row, a  P STREET NW , the for mer wine cellar, sun-drenched outdoor pool, and Georgetown home of philanthropists John treehouse. and Eleanor Hedden, was sold for $3,250,000 to an undisclosed buyer. The 141-year-old MARYLAND brick Victorian features two separate garages, Robert Gordon sold GOLDSBORO an upstairs library with private deck, and two ROAD in Bethesda for $3.5 million with additional rooftop decks. The five-bedroom the assistance of Washington Fine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house is on four levels, including a lower level Marsha Schuman. Dr. Gordon is an orthopedic apartment with separate entrance. Washington surgeon in the District. The peaceful fiveFine Propertiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ginny Chew was the listing bedroom Bradley Hills mansion sits on a 1.75agent but declined comment on the sellers. acre lot and is surrounded by patios, gardens, Martin Hannes sold  FOXHALL and paths. Other amenities of the 1971 CRESCENTNW for $1,718,000 with the help property include floor-to-ceiling clerestory of Long & Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Janet Whitman. Mr. Hannes windows, an open air atrium, walnut floors, a is president and CEO of Next Generation 48-foot indoor pool with a vaulted ceiling, and Broadband, a technology company in the parking for 20 cars. District. The five-bedroom Wesley Heights Tom McCormick and Laurene McKillop

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Freshly painted and updated throughout, optimizing light and space. Stunning English Arts & Crafts Manor house in sought after Franklin Park. Designed and built by Morris-Day, this spectacular home features inlaid Italian marble mosaic floors, rich stained oak paneling and trim, custom millwork and built-ins throughout, two story atrium with 2nd level aviary/ greenhouse. $2,675,000.

Sophisticated 2 BR, 2.5 bath townhouse, “the Jewel of Bancroft Place.” Elegant grand salon, formal dining room, high-end kitchen, gorgeous architectural details throughout, huge private garden and sun deck – an urban oasis! 2-car detached garage. $2,095,000.

Nanjemoy Point Farm is a magnificent waterfront estate in Charles County consisting of 79.64 acres on four separate parcels. Prominently sited on a peninsula with over 3,000 ft of shoreline offering three houses, a pool house, a tobacco barn and a deep water dock. Private and serene setting just a short 1:15 drive to DC. $1,995,000.

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Stately Great Falls estate on 1.72 private acres with landscaped yard and in-ground pool. This wonderful 5 BR, 3.2 bath brick home boasts a lavish master suite, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, grand foyer, formal living and dining room and a 3 car garage. Fully finished lower level with additional 2,250 sf. Enjoy the privacy and elegance this home has to offer! $1,699,000.

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New in 2007, this spacious (1,700+ sf) 3 BR, 2 bath penthouse offers 10 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, top-of the-line kitchen, balcony, private roof deck, and parking. Conveniently located just steps to Metro and vibrant 14th St. corridor. $1,125,000.

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sold LELANDCOURT in Chevy Chase for $2,364,000. McCormick is the chief financial officer for the Bethesda-based real estate development firm B.F. Saul Company. McKillop is the executive director of the Sister to Sister Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the prevention of heart disease among women. The sixbedroom fieldstone Colonial sits on a culde-sac and was built in 1999 by Encore Builders. It boasts 8,500 finished square feet, a gourmet kitchen, private library, and dramatic skylit top floor studio.  PRINCE STREET , the former Alexandria home of A. Carl von Sternberg and his wife, Janet, sold for $2,850,000. McEnearney Associates’ Babs Beckwith and Tom Hulfish were the listing agents and Ann Duff was the selling agent. Mr. von Sternberg, who died in 2009, was a noted Washington-area entrepreneur who founded the government contracting firm, Allen Corporation of America, and also the behavioral science and training organization, Essex Corporation.The threebedroom historic property known as The Statehouse in Old Town is a magnificently restored Colonial brick townhouse that was originally built in 1806 as the Bank of Potomac. From 1863 until the end of the Civil War in April 1865, the house served as capital building of the Restored The historic Alexandria residence at 415 Prince Street once served as the statehouse of Union-controlled Virginia and West Virginia counties during the Civil War. The sale price was $2,850,000.

Government of Virginia, which consisted of the portions of the state under Union control. This included all its western counties (which became the state of West Virginia). The structure occupies a unique position in the history of Alexandria and the nation. Greg and Lynne O’Brien sold BRYAN PONDCOURT in McLean for $2,450,000 with the help of Keller Williams Realty’s Chris Fraley. Mr. O’Brien is the CEO

PROPERTYLINES W’S YOUNGEST SIBLING SELLS Marvin and Margaret Bush have listed their Belle Haven house for $2.9 million. Marvin is the youngest son of President George H.W. Bush and the brother of President George W. Bush. The four-bedroom Beaux Arts property at FORTHUNTROAD in Alexandria was built in 1936 and sits on a private 1.4-acre lot across from Belle Haven Country Club. The residence features 10-foot ceilings, exquisite moldings, a dramatic entrance foyer, state-of-the-art kitchen, an airy garden room overlooking a brick patio, and a guest house. POET’S PAD AVAILABLE The former Georgetown home of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), one of the most influential American poets of the 20th century, is for sale at a cool $5,450,000. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author was poet laureate of the United States from 1949-1950 when she lived at THSTREETNW in what was then known as Bertha Looker’s Boardinghouse. The five-bedroom Second Empire Victorian in the East Village was built in 1868 and restored

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of real estate giant Jones Lang LaSalle’s American brokerage arm. Mrs. O’Brien runs Pantry Partners, a Chatham, Mass., based philanthropic group. The Cape Cod-inspired Colonial is nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and boasts superbly maintained grounds. The five-bedroom custom-built property was built in 1999 and features large formal rooms for entertaining, a wine cellar, and lower level entertainment area.

in 2005. The property sits on a double lot and features 12-foot ceilings on the entry level, 11-foot ceilings on upper floors, a grand entry foyer, and mahogany-paneled library. WHEATLAND MANOR TO HIGHESTBIDDER Wheatland Manor in Waterford, Va., is up for auction on Oct. 14. The historic property dates to the mid-1700s and was the main house of the Wheatland Farms estate. The brick manor is being sold as a private compound on almost 28 acres, including a barn, private pound, boat house, milking house, and carriage house. The 7,650-square-foot, four-level manor features five bedrooms and a beautiful columned veranda with pond vistas.

selling the six-bedroom house to move to another home in the Washington, D.C. region. The 1939 Colonial boasts a gourmet kitchen, three fireplaces, master suite with sitting room and private deck, sunroom, library, and four-car garage parking. For the record, fellow “housewife” Stacie Turner does not have the listing; it’s on offer from Long & Foster’s Steve Wydler.

WEST COAST COMES TO FOREST HILLS For $5,850,000, a lucky buyer will be the new owner of the recently finished West Coast Contemporary at  GATES ROAD NW in Forest Hills. Built by Andy Rosenthal of Rockville-based Rosenthal Homes, the property boasts every conceivable luxury. HOUSEWIFE CHANGES The avant-garde mansion’s H O U S E S  amenities include a guest wing Mary Amons, with two self-contained suites, one of the each with private marble baths, stars of Bravo dramatic Swarovski crystal light C h a n n e l ’s fixtures, gourmet and caterer’s “The Real kitchens, a theater with multiHousewives level stadium seating and a 110of DC,” and inch projection screen, and a her husband black bottom heated saltwater Rich Amons are selling  pool with three waterfalls, a RIDGE STREET in Mclean’s cabana, and changing room. Langley Farms for $2,350,000. Washington Fine Properties’ The mother-of-five who puts William F.X. Moody and up with her elder closet- Robert Hryniewicki are the raiding daughter’s antics and listing agents. gigantic dog, is said to be

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Arlington, Virginia

$1,499,900

This stunning 2-story penthouse with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths is located at Wooster and Mercer. The home boasts 21-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with island, floor-to-ceilings windows in all the rooms, and a large, private roof terrace. Ricki Gerger 703.522.6100/ 202.364.5200 (O).

Foxhall, D.C.

$1,299,900

This captivating, contemporary dream home has been customized to perfection with expansive open spaces and great flow. The residence offers cathedral ceilings, an owner’s suite, gleaming wood floors, a huge treetop level deck, a patio, and parking. Woodley Park Office 202.483.6300.

Wesley Heights, D.C.

$2,490,000

This magnificent residence in mint condition is only minutes to Georgetown. Situated on 1/4 acre, this brick home offers 5,100 square feet of comfortable living with a 33-foot living room, 4 fireplaces, elevator, 2-car garage, library, and family room. Terri Robinson 202.607.7737/ 202.944.8400 (O).

Potomac, Maryland

$1,899,000

Custom built in 2007, this Williamsburg-style home is sited on a 1.2-acre lot. The home offers formal rooms, a main-level library, a gourmet kitchen, a family room with a stone fireplace, 5 en suite bedrooms, a walkout lower level, and an expansive deck overlooking the private backyard. Potomac Village Office 301.983.0060.

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$2,500,000

Located in Marwood, this stunning 5-6 bedroom home offers beautiful proportions and dramatic 2-story spaces. Features include a first-floor office, an open gourmet kitchen, and a deck overlooking the lush 1.3acre lot and pool. Adrienne Deming 301.801.6031 or Joan Gallagher 301.325.0682 / 301.907.7600 (O).

Annapolis, Maryland

$2,089,000

This waterfront paradise is located along desirable Crab Creek. The custom construction home features walls of windows for water views. Ideal for entertaining with great spaces, the grounds offer a swimming pool and a private dock. Andy Alderdice 301.466.5898 or Tom Eicher 410.212.3383/ 301.229.4000 (O).

Georgetown, D.C. $2,695,000

Great Falls, Virginia

$1,149,500

Potomac, Maryland

$2,499,000

Bethesda, Maryland

$1,275,000

Fabulous 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath home set on 5 acres of rolling hills. The house has been updated including counters, custom white cabinets, and glass tile accents. An in-ground pool, a well appointed modern 5-stall barn, fenced pastures, and riding rings complete this perfect estate. Peggy Ferris 202.438.1524/ 202.364.1300 (O).

Sited in Avenel, this spectacular, elegant home has outstanding design construction and updates. The magnificent floor plan and wonderful outdoor spaces make it perfect for entertaining. Additional Avenel homes available from $1,199,000 to $8,999,999. Bethesda Avenue Office 240.497.1700.

Renovated and custom built, this is the prettiest home in the neighborhood. Move-in ready with a mahogany library and 3 fireplaces, the residence’s windows, finished lower level, kitchen, and master bathroom have all been updated. Bonnie Barker 301.785.3474/ 301.299.6000 (O). bonnie@bonniebarker.com

Alexandria, Virginia

McLean, Virginia

Chevy Chase, Maryland

$975,000

Presiding in wonderful Old Town Alexandria, this sunfilled end-unit row house is only 3 blocks from Potomac River and King Street restaurants. The 3-bedroom, 2 renovated bath home has a truly exquisite kitchen. www.karenbarker.com. Karen Barker 703.928.8384/ 202.363.1800 (O). karen.barker@longandfoster.com

$2,900,000

This to-be-built home will be sited on one acre. With 5 bedrooms and 6 baths, the nearly 7,363 square feet will combine modern traditional architecture with stateof-the-art living. The home shown is representative of the home to be built. Sharon Hayman 703.402.2955/ 703.790.1990 (O). sharonhayman@aol.com

This 4-level, Federal-style home is elegantly proportioned for lavish entertaining and gracious living. Features include an eat-in kitchen with a fireplace, a sunroom with garden views, an in-law suite, a lush, private garden, and parking for 2 cars. Nathan Carnes 202.966.1400 (O).

$1,399,000

This floor plan has 5 of 8 bedrooms and 3 of 5 baths on the main level. With 4,050 square feet on the top 2 levels, this spacious home on .3 acres offers a walkin attic, a 2-car garage, a large walkout basement, and a professionally landscaped garden with a screen porch. Spring Valley Office 202.362.1300.

Bethesda, Maryland

$1,795,000

Sited close to downtown Bethesda in Bradley Hills, this home on nearly one acre has been rebuilt, yet maintains its original charm. No detail has been overlooked, from the tray ceilings to the hardwood floors, to the private landscaped gardens. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700.

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Millionaires’ Row Grand mansions built for Gilded Age plutocrats are the nucleus of the capital’s embassy district BY DONNA EVERS

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capital where they could create a stir simply by owning an opulent house and throwing lavish parties (while lobbying for their railroads, coal mines, and factories back home). American aristocrats like Henry Adams and John Hay, installed around Lafayette Square, viewed the palatial new homes as the epitome of nouveau riche excess. Luckily, however, there happened to be a crop of stellar young architects in Washington at the time, including many who had trained at the prestigious L’École des Beaux Arts in Paris. The houses they were commissioned to design, grounded in elegant European traditions, were nothing short of brilliant. Among the new millionaires was Thomas Walsh, an Irish immigrant who struck gold in Colorado and then Thomas Walsh’s 60-room mansion was described as “neo-Baroque” but had many Art commissioned one of the Nouveau features. The Indonesian government purchased it in 1951 for $335,000 – a fraction of its original cost – and later added a new wing. largest houses ever built in Washington at 2020 followed suit, convinced that paved streets Massachusetts Ave. NW (now the Indonesian and gas lines would soon follow. They were Embassy). Richard and Mary Townsend, who right. When these ambitious businessmen possessed two Pennsylvania railroad fortunes, began building their mansions in the midst built a copy of Versailles’ Petit Trianon at 2121 of a wasteland, a local publication described Massachusetts Ave. NW (now the Cosmos the scene as follows: “Everywhere there are Club). Gas and coal magnate Clarence Moore, superb residences looking out upon fields of who later perished on the Titanic, had Jules red clay and weeds, and flanked on either side Henri de Sibour, a graduate of the École in Paris, design a perfectly balanced Beaux Arts by shanties ...” The new neighborhood caught on, and by creation at 1746 Massachusetts Ave. NW that 1900 it had already been dubbed “Millionaires’ later became Embassy of Uzbekistan. Edward Hamlin Everett, who invented Row.” Captains of industry from Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati, many of whom the crimped bottle cap for Coca Cola, asked couldn’t break into the closed society of New George Oakley Totten Jr., another École York and Newport, moved to the nation’s student, to design his magnificent home off mbassy Row symbolizes the height of Washington elegance, but it wasn’t always that way. In the 1880s, much of the area west of Dupont Circle was marshland used as a city dumping ground. When the city’s first mayor, the notorious Boss Shepherd, bought property there, speculators

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Sheridan Circle at 1606 23rd St. NW (now the Turkish Ambassador’s residence). A few steps away, the Alice Pike Barney House on Sheridan Circle later became the Latvian Embassy; Mrs. Barney’s father got rich distilling whiskey, and she had Waddy B. Wood design an Art Nouveau haven to serve as a salon for artists and musicians. At 2315 Massachusetts Ave. NW, George Oakley Totten Jr. created another beautiful Beaux Arts pile, which the Embassy of Pakistan now occupies. Next door (2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW) is the classic masterpiece Nathan C. Wyeth designed for New York financier Gibson Fahnestock, now home to the Embassy of Haiti. At 3000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, a fine Roman palazzo built by the heir of the McCormick reaper fortune (currently the Brazilian Embassy residence. Its designer, John Russell Pope, was also responsible for the Jefferson Memorial and the National Gallery of Art. The majestic British Embassy (3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW) was the creation of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who built it on ground donated by famed Washington builder Harry Wardman. As a teenager, Wardman, who was born into poverty in England, stowed away on a ship to America and made a fortune building numerous townhouses, apartment buildings, and hotels throughout Northwest Washington. The Great Depression signaled the end of the Gilded Age in Washington. Many of the colossal homes’ owners lost their fortunes. Embassies were the only buyers who could still make use of the vast ballrooms and servants’ quarters. Even the indomitable Wardman went bankrupt. The era of great mansion building is long gone, but we continue to enjoy the legacy of dozens of beautiful buildings that are part of the capital’s unique landscape and storied diplomatic life.

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Fabulous Finds Luxurious homes to tempt the serious buyer BURNINGTREE

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Located inside the Capital Beltway and only moments to downtown Bethesda, this exceptional brick residence takes luxury living to new heights. The embassysized principal rooms are perfect for formal entertaining and include a large terrace overlooking country-club-like grounds. The upper level contains a master suite, four bedrooms, and three full baths. The oversized lower level includes a media room, game room, gym, and wine cellar.The spectacular backyard features a gazebo, cabana, and built-in grill surrounding a pool including a spa and fountain.

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A brand new cul-de-sac of GREEN City homes, Potomac Crest makes a statement of top quality construction and old world details. Each house includes a master suite, main level office with built-ins, a customizable gourmet kitchen that opens to a breakfast room, large family room, and slate patio. Conveniently located to area airports and downtown Washington.

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Located in the exclusive Falconhurst neighborhood, this French Normandy style house is sited on nearly three acres, just 10 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. This three-story residence offers admirable privacy with its mature landscaped gardens, a tennis court, heated pool, putting green and five-car garage. The interior boasts eight bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half baths. Custom moldings, handcrafted balustrade, plaster medallions, and beautifully paneled library are just some of the special features in this magnificent home.

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Keeping it in the Family Realtor dynamos Penny Yerks and Piper Gioia are not only mother and daughter but a force to be reckoned with on the Washington real estate scene WASHINGTONLIFE How has the Northern Virginia real estate market changed in last year? And what predications can you make for the market in the next 6 months? PENNYYERKS Within my area of expertise, high end properties continue to sell slowly. Even so, I predict in the next six months the Northern Virginia market will outperform the national markets due to low local unemployment rates. Northern Virginia has a 4.7 percent unemployment rate compared to the national rate of 9.7 percent. My office managers tell me that mid-range properties have increased in volume across all of the neighborhoods in which we sell. In McLean, mid-range home sales have increased by 11 percent, in Great Falls by 35 percent, and in North Arlington by 32 percent. WL: What are the current real estate trends you are seeing? PY:Potential buyers are too busy right now to have the time to renovate a house, and are far less willing to put up with properties that need renovation. A big trend I have noticed is less emphasis on amenities and more on location, condition, and functionality. Schools have become a big draw – even for clients without children who consider a school location for resale value. WL: Are you seeing a Green trend? If so, for what are people looking for: solar panels, water filtration systems, environmentally friendly pools etc.? PY: I actually sold the only carbon neutral house on the east coast last year, which is located in downtown McLean. It had everything from geo-thermal heating systems to recycled materials and we had a great deal of interest and publicity for the property.

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Above: Penny Yerks and Piper Gioia. Left: a house recently sold by Yerks.

WL: How do you price a house in today’s

market? Price it under and get a bidding war started? How would you advise making a house more attractive for sale? PY: I suggest pricing things according to comparables that have sold within the last three to six months. Comparing anything sold over six months ago doesn’t support today’s market. Banks are really tough on appraisals so if you have something that goes to contract at a higher price than the appraisal price of the home, the deal will very likely fall through, so you need to keep in mind what is selling on the market currently. If a seller is willing to do work to get the home ready for sale, my advice would be to neutralize paint colors, de-clutter, and remove personal

WL: When did Piper join you and how did it happen? PY: My business partner passed away unexpectedly ten years ago at a time when Piper had just had her second child, and a big corporate job. with no flexibility. She decided to join me and it has been the best business decision I have ever made. We laugh together all day and she tells her friends that I am her best friend.

WL: What’s your funniest real estate story? PIPER GIOIA: I was taking Mary Cheney around to look at houses with her partner Heather Poe and her mother Lynne Cheney. We went to see a listing that hadn’t been on the market in 35 years, with full secret service coverage of course. The elderly couple did not get the message that we were coming at 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning. When we arrived, the lady stops, points at Lynne Cheney and says, “Don’t tell me who she is, but I know her, that woman’s famous! Oh, it’s Penny Yerks!” I told Mary Cheney about it later and she was amused but didn’t think it was as funny as we did … but my mother and I continue to laugh about it today.

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Extraordinary builders, Crowell and Baker, started building in Falconhurst when interest rates rose to 21%. Most of the fine custom home construction came to a halt. Not wanting to let their fine crew of top craftsmen stand idle, they decided to painstakingly build a superb home. This is that exceptional flagship home on over two wooded acres, built by unique skilled artisans of estate quality. The family room features a three-inch bent oak wet bar, and the stone fireplace covers one wall from ceiling to floor. Entering the two-tiered magnificent marble floored foyer, one is bedazzled by the three-story windows against the curved circular staircase. The bedrooms, each with its own bath, including two in the 17 x 33 foot master bedroom which includes a mirrored dressing room and fireplace. The home includes a huge kitchen that overlooks a lovely patio, hot tub room, wine cellar, large wet bar and playroom. REPRESENTING BUYERS AND SELLERS IN THE WASHINGTON, DC AND MARYLAND AREA FOR OVER 27 YEARS. “May sunshine light your doorpost and love fill your rooms.”

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Beyond compare, this architectural gem is the “Crown Jewel” of Bethesda. Exquisitely sited on a lushly landscaped acre lot featuring a pool, wisteria covered pool house and discreetly hidden tennis court. Boasting over 12,000 impeccably finished sq. ft. with six extraordinary sized bedrooms, six full and three half baths, it integrates sunlight, stunning views, and ceiling heights that span from 12 to 25 feet into an exceptional design for luxurious living and entertaining. From the floating winding staircase to the magnificent millwork, it is a masterpiece of beauty, form and function. $4,950,000

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Provence in Potomac! Custom built, award-winning Country French Colonial with fabulous details, from the arched solid door entries to the built-ins. Fantastic lot with inground pool & extensive flagstone patios. $2,999,500

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Estate like gated approach to front paver motor court leading to 12,000 SF custom residence. Pool, fountain & cabana. 7 bedrooms, 7 full & 3 half baths. 3 car garage. $3,995,000

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Whimsical and updated 1928 home features 2-story living room, banquet-sized dining room, new kitchen and private English gardens with greenhouse and flagstone terraces.

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Built in 1996, this magnificent residence is designed for entertaining with 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths. $4,250,000

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NATIONALJAPANESEAMERICANMEMORIAL

We visited this important site within ten days of our arrival here. It shows the long and steep hills that Japanese Americans climbed to get to where they are today. I am proud of them.

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STROLLINGTHROUGHGEORGETOWN

This historic neighborhood reminds us of what the good old days must have been like. I feel lucky to be in Washington whenever I go there (not that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel that way on other days!)

HOWHASWASHINGTONCHANGEDSINCE YOULASTSERVEDHEREINTHEs? It has become more open and diversified, and even nicer for elderly people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice before when I was younger.

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THESTATEDEPARTMENT

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to say this building is particularly special, but the people there are quite the opposite. Will this comment advance my ranking in the order of diplomatic precedence? UNIONSTATION

Whenever I pass through this elegant hall, I am reminded of a visitor from Tokyo who remarked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is this really a train station and not a museum? People arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bumping into each other!â&#x20AC;?

HOWDOYOUENSURETHATYOURGUESTS BESTENJOYAâ&#x20AC;&#x153;JAPANESEEXPERIENCEâ&#x20AC;? WHENTHEYVISITYOURHOME? I have three pieces of ammunition: one of the most beautiful residences in Washington (and it reflects Japanese aesthetics); the best team of cooks in the capital; and one of the most gracious and hospitable hostesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; my wife! (I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I need to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of,â&#x20AC;? but I must be mindful of my fellow ambassadors.)

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The Tidal Basin does have the prettiest cherry blossoms I have ever seen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sorry my compatriots! Did you know that 2012 marks the centennial of the first planting of the cherry blossom trees in Washington? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s make it a big celebration!

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It may not be the most fashionable place to eat, but their white pizza is hard to resist. My family frequented this Bethesda restaurant in the 1990s when I was serving as the embassyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political officer. After I was appointed as ambassador, my nowgrown-up daughters said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Congratulations Dad, now you can go back to your favorite restaurant!â&#x20AC;?

The zoo has the first and only breeding center for the Japanese giant salamander outside of Japan. If you look at them long enough â&#x20AC;&#x201C; donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask me how long â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they actually do look cute.

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I try to browse around this Sunday antiques and

collectibles market on Wisconsin Avenue whenever I can. If you are lucky, you might find something interesting here.

WHATWEREYOURMOSTMEMORABLE AMERICANCULTURALINFLUENCESWHEN YOUWEREGROWINGUP? Lots of TV shows! â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father Knows Best,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lassie,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bonanza,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;77 Sunset Strip,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Route 66,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ben Casey,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Untouchables,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flintstones,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hawaiian Eye.â&#x20AC;? I also liked Napoleon Solo and Rick Nelson. You name it, and I was into it. On Japanese TV, all those stars were speaking fluent Japanese, too!

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