Baseball Diplomacy: World Baseball Classic 2017

The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, with support from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, is curating an exhibition highlighting U.S.-Japan baseball diplomacy that will debut in June. Baseball is arguably the most popular sport in Japan – the island nation is home to the largest professional baseball league outside of MLB in the United States. While the FIFA World Cup continues to be the most-watched sports event in the world, and professional basketball maintains its popularity overseas, baseball, “America’s pastime,” has been left relatively in the dark with regards to its international recognition. After being cut as an Olympic...

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Argentina Higher Educators Exchange Program: Creating Linkages and Cooperation

Under today’s global landscape, education exchange has become an essential way to share cultures and facilitate collaboration among countries; it builds a bridge for cultural exchanges. To create more educational cooperation opportunities between the United States and Argentina, in February, Meridian International Center implemented an “Argentina Higher Educators Exchange Program” funded by the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires in Argentina. The Embassy invited nine Argentine higher educational representatives to take part in the program, including officials from the International Relation Offices of eight public and private universities and the Secretary of University Policy of the Argentine Ministry of Education....

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“My experience in Great Ecology, my placement organization” by Agustina Tierno, YLAI Alumn from Uruguay

Agustina Tierno is the founder and CEO of Bio-Observatories. She was one of 248 fellows participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2016, a professional fellows program that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. YLAI focuses on strengthening their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. – October 11th, 2016, the first day I arrived at Great Ecology, I was kindly received by Jessa Spainhower and we talked about our backgrounds, expectations and possibilities for collaboration. I...

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“YLAI has changed my Entrepreneurial life” By Michelle Guimarães, YLAI Alumna from Brazil

Michelle Guimarães is the founder and CEO of Visit Manaus. She is one of 248 fellows who participated in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), a professional fellows program that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. YLAI focuses on strengthening their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. – YLAI has changed my entrepreneurial life! It has opened a lot of opportunities for me. Although I’m still looking for funds to develop the project that I presented in...

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“Political Transition in the U.S.” by Dušan Lj Milenković, a Serbian Participant in the “Democratic Transitions in the U.S. Political System” IVLP

“It is one of the biggest political changes in US history,” said one of the speakers during the IVLP program, regarding the switch to the Trump administration. I participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) with 17 other professionals and experts from around the world. We had the chance to witness a historical moment in U.S. politics and to learn more about the customs and traditions entrenched in the American political system. Continue