Meridian Reads: North Korea, Antarctica and a diplomacy caucus

Happy December, Meridian Readers. We hope you had a restful thanksgiving and are gearing up for all the holiday festivities to come. Let’s jump into this week’s international affairs round-up. North Korea says U.S. must choose “Christmas gift” as nuclear diplomacy deadline nears Publication: CBS News | Via Associated Press In case you haven’t heard, North Korea recently urged the Trump admin to salvage ongoing nuclear negotiations. A statement attributed to a senior diplomat said it was entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North. The point of that ominous statement?...

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Meridian Reads: Australia, digital literacy and foodie culture

Hey there, Meridian Readers! The holidays are fast approaching, so let’s dive in and make sure you’re prepared for loooots of familial small talk. Diplomacy may be the solution to standoff over Australia’s use of carryover credits Publication: The Guardian | By Katharine Murphy and Adam Morton With so much going on in the U.S. (don’t worry, we won’t mention the “i” word for the sake of everyone’s sanity), you may not have heard about Australia. Here’s the deal: Australian officials have told major business groups there will have to be a diplomatic solution to a standoff between the...

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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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