Meridian Reads: Don’t miss out

Good morning, Meridian readers! It’s Sunday, so it’s time to round out the week with a big dose of diplomatic news. Keep on reading for a recap of the latest updates. US-Asia Education Exchange: The Impact of Public  Diplomacy Publication: The Diplomat | By Mercy A. Kuo It’s still Asian-Pacific American Heritage month, and this piece dives into the importance of international exchange between the U.S. and Asia. The Pacific Rim of Asia is a region that touches roughly 90 percent of the global trade — and is home to five treaty allies of the United States. There is a...

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Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists 2019

This April, Meridian International Center welcomed a group of 20 journalists to the U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, an annual 3-week International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) administered by Meridian International Center. Hailing from 18 different countries, the Palestinian Territories and Hong Kong, the Murrow participants began their program on research and investigative journalists in Washington, D.C., meeting with the Director of the State Department’s Washington Foreign Press Center, the Washington Post and other prominent journalism intuitions based in the District. “I have been doing breaking news breaking investigative stories that has led to...

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IVLP Alumni Spotlight: Promoting Accountability & Transparency in Civil Society

IVLP Alumni Spotlight features U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumni as they reflect on the impact of the program and how it has affected their work and lives.   Here we spotlight, Mr. Rewati, Dhakal from the Nepal, whose work focuses on institutional transparency, accountability and good governance.  Visitor: Mr. Rewati Dhakal Title:  Executive Communication and Resource Mobilization Officer, Youth Vision Country of Origin: Nepal Itinerary: Washington, DC; New York, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; Salt Lake City, Utah IVLP Project: Transparency and Accountability in State and Local Government   What have you been up to since...

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Press freedom is a global security and foreign policy priority

With China, Russia and Cuba leveraging Twitter to rally support of President Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship in Venezuela, and Iran-linked social media accounts spreading anti-Saudi sentiments while anti-Rohingya propaganda online fuels violence and displacement in Myanmar, the Internet is the new battleground for authoritarian governments. As fake news saturates the digital sphere, online sources of information have become less reliable, the public has grown more susceptible to propaganda, and democracy is increasingly in danger. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that journalists around the globe are well trained and invest in freedom of the press, which is in the best international...

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Meridian Reads: Get the scoop

Well well well, you made it to Sunday. It seems that everyone in the world had a hell of a week, so make sure you carve out some time for yourself today. Hey, maybe this is the time you carved out — we’re so honored that you wanted to spend it with us. Alright, we’ll stop rambling. Let’s get to the good stuff. Here are the top takeaways from the current diplomatic news cycle: An Asian Pacific American Heritage Month reading list Publication: NBC | By  Frances Kai-Hwa Wang May has officially begun, (hope you remembered to say rabbit...

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