Iraq’s New Generation of Leaders

By Jessi Pascual, Programs Intern Global Connect Division When you have a powerful unit of 99 Iraqi Young Leaders together, you can only expect greatness as an outcome. This summer 99 Iraqi students journeyed throughout the United States as part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). I watched them grow from the moment they trickled into the Grand Hyatt Ballroom to the moment they stood on the curb of P Street in Washington D.C. to say tearful goodbyes. Even before they stepped onto American soil, they were all set to make their mark in the United States and...


Getting the People Part Right: A New Look at Public Diplomacy

A rebuilding economy, spreading democracy, developing technologies, a changing political environment: it is a time of transformation for the United States government. As the U.S. handles its own domestic responsibilities, it is working concurrently to improve its reputation abroad. Certainly now is the time to build new relationships, strengthen those already existing, and take advantage of the space this country chooses to give diplomacy in its international activity. It is becoming clear that reassessing the way the U.S. approaches Public Diplomacy (PD) from an institutional level could set us further on the path to success. In partnership with Katherine...


Empower Her: Support Women’s Entrepreneurship

Women make up more than 50 percent of the world’s population, yet account for less than 1 percent of global wealth. Despite great strides, there remains a wide gender gap in the international economy. Entrepreneurship is key to closing that gap as it gives women control and ownership, but they need greater support to tap into this economic driver. Continue  

From Anime to Expo Milano: Meridian Hosts a Dynamic Discussion on Cultural Diplomacy

On June 26, 2014, Meridian convened diplomats, policy makers and leaders from the arts and cultural communities for a conversation on Cultural Diplomacy at the Forefront: Views from Around the Globe.  Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian’s President and CEO, opened the event before welcoming The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, to share remarks on the importance of cultural diplomacy as a critical tool of public diplomacy. Assistant Secretary Ryan outlined how the U.S. State Department utilizes cultural diplomacy to promote dialogue and strengthen people-to-people relations around the world. She stated, “Sharing one’s culture,...