Program Theme Spotlight: Transparency & Accountability

Transparency and accountability, whether in government, business, or other spheres of public life, ensures public trust in the integrity and fairness of leaders, elected officials and public servants.  International exchange programs on transparency and accountability typically highlight the roles of civil society and the media as watchdogs and catalysts for the creation and maintenance of transparent and accountable government and organizations. The importance of protecting these two concepts is recognized by civil societies and such protective efforts form the bases of numerous international exchange programs. Transparency and accountability can both be applied to a broad range of concerns in...

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Meridian Reads: Here’s What’s Happening

Happy Sunday, Meridian Readers! We hope your weekend has been relaxing, rejuvenating and maybe even a little fun. It’s week two of #MeridianReads and we’ve compiled everything you’ll need to know to ace your Monday morning small talk. Grab a coffee, grab a seat and check out this week’s must-knows. High-Level US Visits to Taiwan Mark 40 Years of Unofficial Ties Publication: The Diplomat | By Nick Aspinwall Taiwan Officials say the country will continue to welcome officials from the United States to the island as the two countries commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA),...

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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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The Louvre Abu Dhabi: Balancing Art & Architecture

The following blog was originally published on Darren Bradley’s website to highlight the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Darren Bradley was a participant in a week long cultural delegation to the UAE, organized by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates and Meridian International Center. The delegation consisted of public figures, art collectors, and select museum and gallery professionals from around the United States. This blog post was written by Darren Bradley.  Architect Jean Nouvel’s latest creation, the National Museum of Qatar, just opened to much fanfare and images of this new project are flooding my instagram feed as I write this....

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New podcast featuring emerging entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean

We just launched the YLAI Innovators Series podcast that puts a spotlight on emerging entrepreneurs who are innovating and sparking change across Latin America and the Caribbean. The series is part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, and serves as a platform for YLAI Alumni and Network Members to engage in discussions on advancing entrepreneurship in the region. Tune in to the latest episodes of the YLAI Innovators Series by clicking the links below – and stay tuned for more information about upcoming conversations. Episode 1: YLAI 2018 Fellow, Andres Sanchez Mora Andres is the Founder and Executive Director of Millennial Ecuador, a business consulting firm that provides young entrepreneurs with seminars, workshops, talks and services to help them develop a business plan. After returning home from his YLAI...

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