Public Diplomacy Strengthens Democracies

It has been one year since the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the day still looms over the diplomatic community. Dozens of countries and international institutions condemned the violence. Foreign leaders and diplomats followed suit with many calling it for what it was – an attack on democracy.      Eleven months later, U.S. President Biden emphasized the need to restore democracy in all its facets, calling it the defining challenge of our time at the inaugural Summit for Democracy in December 2021. However, his tone remained largely optimistic, saying, “Democracy — government of the people, by the people, for the people — can...

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Identity, Nationality, and Culture: How Diasporas Make Countries Stronger

This post was written by Puru Trivedi, Meridian’s Vice President of External and Corporate Affairs. This excerpt is from Trivedi’s book, “My Fourth Culture,” available for purchase here. “My Fourth Culture” is a look at the lives of ‘Third Culture’ children, with specific focus on the forces that shaped the author into the person he is today. Third culture kids (TCK)—children of parents who grow up outside of their passport country—have unique issues with identity. Emphasis of the thesis is on the modern TCK and addressing the impact of technology, cultural complexity, transitions and inclusion. The author takes a...

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