Why Commercial Diplomacy Is Important

Washington, D.C. seems like the center of the universe right now. The U.S. Government is going through a transformation in its norms and practices. While much of this can be attributed to President Trump’s unique management style, this is also part of a broader strategy to re-think America’s leadership on the world stage. There are numerous examples of the ‘America First’ policy shaping both the domestic and international arenas, however, the one constant in Washington’s ever-changing landscape is the leadership of the business community. Commercial Diplomacy has become more important than ever. As business interests in foreign markets continue,...

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4 Reasons Mike Pompeo Will Succeed at Foggy Bottom

Mike Pompeo is about to move into the toughest job of his life. But he might be just the right guy for what ails Foggy Bottom. From patrolling the Iron Curtain as an Army officer, to winning a seat in Congress as a businessman/outsider, to being head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during uncertain times, Pompeo has had a unique path to the nomination for the nation’s top diplomat. For Pompeo, though it’s a career that now moves into its toughest and most public phase, there are four reasons he just might have what it takes to succeed...

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Lessons from the First World War to Prevent the Next

This post was written by Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, Ph.D, Professor of History at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is the author of the forthcoming book Honorable Men: The Deacons for Defense and Justice and Armed Resistance In Louisiana, and the co-author of Minority and Gender Differences in Officer Career Progression. A specialist in the intersection of race and military influence, Dr. Ducksworth-Lawton consults in national security studies. In the text below, Dr. Ducksworth-Lawton discusses her experience as a presenter at the Preventing Conflict Today: Learning from World War I conference. This year marks the centenary of the First World War...

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Re-Imagining India

A blog post by Puru Trivedi, Director of Corporate Relations, Meridian International Center On February 9, 2018, I traveled to India to speak at the 8th Annual One Globe Forum, which gathered experts to discuss the transformation of India into a 21st century knowledge economy. Meridian International Center was a strategic partner to the One Globe Forum in 2018, providing thought leadership from the U.S. perspective. The United States and India share many similarities and superlatives; one is the oldest democracy, the other is the largest democracy. Both countries won their independence from the United Kingdom, and both countries...

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Marco Polo Meets Hadrian’s Wall – A Reading of Robert Kaplan

By Jonas Parello-Plesner, Co-Chair of Meridian’s Rising Leaders Council Steering Committee & Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute The Rising Leaders Council at Meridian International Center had the pleasure of hosting foreign affairs expert Robert Kaplan for a salon dinner last week while he was in Washington, DC talking about his new book The Return of Marco Polo’s World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century. Having read the book prior to the event and then engaging Kaplan in conversation on stage, I have some thoughts based on my reading of the book. The Return of Marco Polo’s...

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