The lasting impact of the U.S. Congress-Republic of Korea National Assembly program | Part 2

The U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program is a unique program designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on the legislative process, the history of U.S.–Korean relations and current economic, political and security aspects of the bilateral relationship. The program also provides the U.S. and Korean participants with firsthand experience of each other’s people and culture, and creates opportunities for participants to form long-lasting personal contacts. The following was written by Corbin Cerny, a participant of the program. South Korea remains an obscure place in the American mindset. Despite the many cases of...

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The lasting impact of the U.S. Congress-Republic of Korea National Assembly program | Part 1

The U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program is a unique program designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on the legislative process, the history of U.S.–Korean relations and current economic, political and security aspects of the bilateral relationship. The program also provides the U.S. and Korean participants with firsthand experience of each other’s people and culture, and creates opportunities for participants to form long-lasting personal contacts. The following was written by Leah Castleberry, a participant of the program. It was truly an honor to be selected as a member of the...

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Meridian Reads: Trump’s 2020 race, Trudeau and Greenland

Hey there, we’re happy to see you. Maybe it’s your first time here, maybe you tune in every week; regardless- you’re here for some international affairs updates, and we have those for you. Let’s jump in. Foreign diplomats brace for Trump 2020 win Publication: POLITICO | By Nahal Toosi Here’s the scoop: Trump’s win in 2016 shook up U.S. foreign relations in a big way, and the expectation that he’ll win again could affect how allies and adversaries continue to approach negotiations with the U.S. Foreign diplomats are still feeling burned after assuming Donald Trump would lose in 2016...

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Meridian Reads: leaks, Israel and the fall of the U.S. economy

Hey there, Meridian Readers! It’s the start of a new week, which means it’s time to catch up on all the happenings of the diplomatic community so you’re ready for any conversation that comes your way. Let’s dive in to this week’s #MeridianReads… Leaks are changing how diplomats talk Publication: The Atlantic | By Tom McTague and Prashant Rao With the Darroch scandal, WikiLeaks and the era of cyberwarfare, many diplomats have voiced concern that they are just one disgruntled colleague or successful hack away from the premature end of their careers. To avoid professional and personal destruction, several...

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Meridian Reads: Ebola, Uzbekistan and the future of cities

Hi there, Meridian Readers. We’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer, and we hope you are too. Thanks so much for spending a bit of your Sunday with us, let’s dive into this week’s international news roundup. WHO says Ebola is now a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ Publication: NPR | Transcription from Mary Louise Kelly You’ve heard of Ebola, and you probably know it’s a pretty big deal. Especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The disease has been raging in the DRC for almost a full year, and more than 2,500 people have been infected...

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