Meridian Reads: Yoga, Trees and Iran

It’s Sunday, Meridian Readers! You know what that means, it’s time to jump into this week’s roundup of diplomatic news. We hope you had a great first weekend of summer, now let’s get started. India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence Publication: ABC News | By Emily Schmall & Mariya Amrayeva Downward dog diplomacy? That’s an alliteration we’re here for. Here’s the scoop: Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day. “Let our motto be yoga for peace, harmony and progress,” Modi said before beginning an hour-long yoga sesh....

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Meridian Reads: drones, trade wars and parental leave

Happy Sunday, Meridian Readers! It’s about that time, so let’s jump into this week’s #MeridianReads… A retreat from diplomacy: drones and the militarization of foreign policy Publication: International Policy Digest | By Diana Roy Technology is advancing, duh. But what does that mean for the dynamics of war? It’s not just men on horses with rifles anymore. Armed forces now have drones, nuclear weapons and more at their disposal. This piece mainly dives into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which allows the U.S. to pursue terrorists remotely with greater precision, increase the number of potential targets and damage, and limit...

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Recognizing Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez for 6 extraordinary years of Meridian leadership

Dear Carlos, As we look to Meridian’s 60th year, it feels natural to reflect on how our organization has been shaped by the thoughtful and innovative leaders who have served our board and our community. And for the last 6 years, Meridian has been so fortunate to grow and thrive under your dedicated leadership. During your tenure as board chair, we have seen enormous growth in our programming, network and impact. As a trailblazer in both government and business, your expertise has been instrumental in advancing our ability to bring leaders together across industries, party lines, borders and cultures...

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Meridian Reads: Science, Fashion and Soviet-China Relations

Happy Sunday, Meridian Readers! We hope your weekend has been filled with fun, sun and relaxation. Now it’s time to fill it with diplomacy, so let’s dive on into this week’s #MeridianReads… Can ‘Science Diplomacy’ Work? Publication: Inside Higher Ed | By David Matthews Not totally sure what science diplomacy is? That’s okay – most people aren’t. The idea behind it is that working together on research projects can build trust and networks between countries, which improves their overall relations. “Working together on scientific projects would be a very sincere vote of trust in the relationship,” explained Carolin Kaltofen,...

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New Vice Chair of Meridian’s Corporate Council

Meridian is thrilled to announce that Michaela Chen has been named the new Vice Chair of Meridian’s Corporate Council. Michaela leads Boston Scientific’s international government affairs efforts, focusing on increasing BSC’s global market access opportunities. In that capacity, Michaela works with BSC’s government affairs teams in its largest markets in Europe and Asia on developing BSC’s international affairs strategy in order to influence international policies to ensure the best business environment for key BSC technologies. Michaela also leads BSC’s international advocacy with the U.S. administration and key associations and business groups in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Boston Scientific,...

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