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Uniquely positioned at the intersection of the public, private, and diplomatic sectors, Meridian provides dynamic public programs including conferences, seminars, programs, roundtable discussions, and networking events that are attended by the world’s decision makers. Many of these programs provide neutral forums for the open exchange of perspectives and ideas on issues ranging from economic development to civil society construction, to peace and security.


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

Moderator, Dr. Curtis Sandberg, with Dana Al Marashi, Head of Heritage and Social Affairs Department at the UAE Embassy.

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,...