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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Discovering Cuba Through Its Culture

Despite Cuba’s geographic proximity to the United States, historical circumstances have served to widen the distance between our two countries. As both nations begin to turn the page towards a future of greater closeness and cooperation, leaders from both sides of the straits are seeking ways to increase understanding and develop relationships between our countries. In April of 2016, led by Ambassador Stuart Holliday, a distinguished group of members of Meridian International Center’s Board of Trustees and other supporters, undertook a trip to Cuba. Consistent with Meridian’s mission to “understand global issues and cultures, exchange ideas, collaborate on solutions,...

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Beyond the Beltway: Transatlantic Trade

Trade has been in the news lately, and it’s as controversial as ever. With Congress’s recent granting of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, which allows Congress to vote yes or no on a final negotiated agreement but without adding any amendments) to President Obama, negotiators have been hard at work finalizing the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed free trade agreement between the US and many Pacific Rim nations, as well as making progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), which would create a free trade area between the world’s two largest economies, the United States and the...

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Foreign Policy Matters: How Diplomacy Impacts Americans

“Foreign Policy” – the term itself sounds like an intangible, rigid set of rules and regulations by which governments, ambassadors, and other high-level officials abide. Distant and far removed from everyday life, and sometimes, foreign policy can seem to be just that – especially with the closed door discussions that characterize much of the field. At best, the public only sees these high-level diplomatic meetings, summits, and conferences in the media; at worst, they see cocktail receptions and junkets. Regardless, they very rarely feel as if they participate directly. The fact is nothing could be further from the truth....

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