The Fight to End Anti-Black Racism Should Know No Borders – From the U.S. to Pakistan

This blog post was contributed by Urwah Ahmad, Global Communications Fellow at Meridian, where we believe that we are stronger at home when globally engaged.     I never knew that my history of having grown up in between Pakistan and the United States would provide such a better perspective on a multitude of issues. Having learned about and experienced the long-term effects that colonialism and institutionalized racism has left on Pakistan and South Asia, helped me to be better engaged with and understand the Black Lives Matter movement at home in the U.S. From the tensions and divisions between ethnic groups in Pakistan and...

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El sombrero de paja toquilla

This blog was originally written in 2012 by Frank Justice, Vice President of Meridian’s Center for Diplomatic Engagement. The hat stood out. As the group of indigenous and minority rights leaders from Central and South America made their way into the majestic Meridian House drawing room for the opening of their international exchange visit, an unexpected assortment of colors filled the space. Yes, the skin colors varied, but it was the array of their Native dress, each distinct and unique, mixed in with the suits and contemporary business attire sported by fellow international participants that brightened the room and...

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“An Existential Crisis of Diplomacy”: Pandemic Response and Potential Reforms at the State Department

This post was written by Sara Huzar, intern at Meridian’s Center for Diplomatic Engagement.  Around the world, officials are starting to lift the strict pandemic measures and replace them with softer guidelines on how to conduct business safely for the foreseeable future. For citizens and businesses, these measures widely referred to as the “new normal” feel anything but. Members of the diplomatic corps are facing the same daunting readjustment, begging the question of what might be next for diplomacy?   These are the issues that Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Congressman Joaquin Castro discussed in a virtual event hosted by Foreign Policy for America. In the conversation, moderated FPA Board...

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Women leaders and Coronavirus: It’s not about winning. It’s about leading.

This piece was written by Susan Sloan and originally published on the Medium and updated for Meridian. Susan Sloan is a Meridian Council leader and author of A Seat at the Table: Women, Diplomacy, and Lessons for the World — an Amazon #1 New Release. For more information about the book, visit susansloan.com. Follow her on Twitter @realSusanSloan. If this pandemic is teaching us anything, it’s that leadership matters. The staggering spread of the virus hit the U.S., Italy, Spain, and dozens of nations. Yet, others managed to alter the pandemic’s trajectory significantly. While many factors are at play, it is apparent that women in leadership positions...

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Passing the Arts Test for These COVID-19 Times

This blog post was contributed by Frank F. Islam, who is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and a member of Meridian’s Cultural Diplomacy Leadership Council. Meridian is committed to implementing the arts and culture as an instrument to promote diplomacy and global leadership and exchange. “The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of the nation, is close to the center of a nation’s purpose – and is a test to the quality of a nation’s civilization.” – John F. Kennedy COVID-19 put the arts industry to the test in ways not...

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