International Justice Day: Celebrating Meridian’s Impact

As the world celebrates International Justice Day, a light shines on the grievous abuses of human rights that are perpetrated by violent extremism in all reaches of the globe. On July 17th 1998, 120 states from a diverse coalition of regions voted in favor of the Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The overwhelming universal support for the statute signified the international community’s desire for a more secure and just future. Continue  

Coverage, communication and cures at heart of U.S. – France Leadership Dialogue dinner on health and innovation

Paris has been top of mind for Americans the past few weeks. Last month’s attack by Islamic extremists and the ongoing COP 21 negotiations have been well covered by the American media and have elicited a wide range of responses by political candidates on both sides of the aisle. It is with this in mind that Meridian President and CEO Stuart Holliday opened the most-recent convening of the U.S.-France Leadership Dialogue on December 7 by reiterating the importance of global engagement. “What this nation is all about is engaging the world and not closing our borders. Not pulling up...

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Choosing To Be Grateful Will Make You Happier and More Productive: A Global Perspective

Do you want more from your life? More happiness? Better health? Deeper relationships? Increased productivity? What if I told you there is one thing that can help you in all of those areas? Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we all know what that means—ahhh, roast turkey: that centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table. However, you are probably wondering why talk about Thanksgiving in a blog about global leadership? Because there is more evidence of the relationship between gratitude, happiness and productivity at work. Yes! A study by Martin Seligman and Nansook Park (Positive Pscylogy Progress, 2005) revealed that...

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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...

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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...

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