Meridian Reads: Museum diplomacy, struggles for diplomats and FACEBOOK

Hey there, Meridian Readers! It’s been a minute, and we’re happy to see you. We all know that it’s a busy time here in Washington, so without further ado, let’s dive in to this week’s top stories. New Pompidou Center Opens in Shanghai Publication: The New York Times | By Amy Qin If you haven’t heard of the Pompidou Center, it’s a complex building in Paris that housed the first collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. And now it’s taking that to Asia. Museum diplomacy, anyone? We’re here for it. When the Pompidou Center first floated the...

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Top Takeaways from 2019 Meridian Global Leadership Summit

The 8th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit explored changing landscapes in the areas of energy, trade and investment, and how these fields factor into sustaining global economic growth. Many thanks to those of you who joined us in person last Friday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center in Washington, DC as well as the 300 livestream viewers. Top Takeaways: GALLUP: AMERICANS ARE PRO-TRADE EVEN IF LARGELY UNINFORMED. Americans remain largely pro-trade believing that it has a positive effect on innovation, economic growth, and prices of products. Americans are more skeptical of trade’s effects on American jobs, quality of products,...

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Meridian Reads: Trade wars, USMCA and public diplomacy

It’s Sunday- you know what that means. Let’s jump into this week’s diplomatic news roundup……now. Trump’s China deal leaves the global economy as uncertain as ever Publication: The New York Times | By Ana Swanson and Alan Rappeport China… ever heard of it? Probably. You’ve also probably heard about the, um, tension the U.S. is feeling right now. President Trump’s trade truce with China may have temporarily cooled tensions between the world’s two largest economies, but the damage from Trump’s novel approach to trade policy will continue to weigh on the global economy. The agreement in principle with China — which...

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Meridian Reads: Sports diplomacy, Syria and Brexit

Hey there, Meridian Readers. If you’re enjoying the long weekend, thanks for spending it with us. If you’re gearing up for work tomorrow, below is all you’ll need to know for your Monday morning chit-chat. Let’s dive in. Sports Diplomacy: The case of the two Koreas Publication: The Diplomat | By Layne Vandenberg It’s no secret that North Korea has trouble getting the world to understand what goes on within its borders. One tool the country has longed used as a means for diplomacy is sports. Mao Zedong’s China and North Korea strengthened ties through a “friendship first, competition...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the contributions of Hispanic-Americans at Meridian 

The United States is home to 60 million Hispanic residents who play a key role in strengthening Hispanic-American ties. Meridian helps advance these relationships through a number of programs and delegations. Here are a few we wanted to highlight during Hispanic Heritage Month: Colombia Meridian accelerates collaboration through the exchange of leaders, ideas and culture, often via salon dinners at embassies in the District. Last spring, Meridian celebrated unique Hispanic cuisine at the Colombian Embassy. The evening centered on culinary diplomacy and featured the innovative cooking of Colombian Chef Juanma Barrientos. Mexico Mexico is a frequent destination for Meridian’s many exchanges. Next Level, an initiative of hip-hop diplomacy implemented...

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