PAYLP Alumni Bring Community Momentum to COVID-19 Response in Guinea

The Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program is an exchange program of the U.S. Department of State, implemented by Meridian International Center since 2013. PAYLP Alumni activities are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended. Meridian is proud to support our young alumni, as we work daily to strengthen engagement between the United States and the world through global leadership and international exchange. Sustaining these networks of young leaders is important now more than ever, as it will require hard work by...

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Program Spotlight: Korea Reporting Tour

10 days, 6 journalists, 2 continents and 1 global security challenge  By Michelle Morris, Associate Program Officer | December 6, 2019 In late October of 2019, six journalists from across South and Central Asia embarked on a 10-day informational reporting tour throughout the United States and the Republic of Korea. During their program, the journalists had the opportunity to learn about both the United States and Republic of Korea’s respective policies toward the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea by meeting with government officials, policy experts, regional advisors and even North Korean Refugees. This tour was the third iteration...

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Meridian Reads: Here’s what you should know

Welcome to the very first #MeridianReads, a weekly roundup of everything you should know to stay competitive during your water cooler chats at work. Don’t want to read the full article? That’s fine — we did it for you. The top three takeaways are below the link along with relevant work we’ve done. Sit back, relax and enjoy your new Sunday morning routine. Inside the State Department’s international fashion show Publication: Vox | By Rebecca Jennings (@rebexxxa) The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide hosted “Glamour and Diplomacy,” which celebrates contemporary designers from around the world. 22 countries...

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Why should corporate leaders learn to think like diplomats?

Meridian International Center has launched its Corporate Diplomacy Training program where we equip corporate leaders across industries and sectors with the diplomatic tactics, strategy and insights to succeed in a competitive global business environment while enhancing leadership skills and advancing multilateral cooperation. We sat down with Brad Knox, Vice President and Counselor for Federal Affairs at Aflac, to get his feedback on the program. Meridian International Center: Six months ago you and fellow members of Aflac’s federal relations team participated in a four-part corporate diplomacy training at Meridian. How was the experience? Brad Knox: When you tell your team you’re going to...

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Strengthening the Partnerships Between the State of Illinois and Korea – The Impact of a Program

To mark the 20th Anniversary of implementing the U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange, Meridian conducted a longitudinal study, surveying alumni from the 2007-2017 programs to assess how this exchange has impacted the 340 Americans and Koreans rising leaders who took part in the exchange. Their individual stories are a testament to the long term-impact of this exchange and of its crucial role in fostering better relations between the United State and Korea. Featured below is the personal story of Tommy Choi, an alum of the 2013 program, who shared with us as part of the...

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