Paying It Forward: Lessons Learned from My IVLP

In July 2018, Ms. Sadaf Usman, Director of For a Cause, participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program project for Pakistan: “Strengthening Civil Society- Building Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism'”. She and her colleagues visited Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Kalamazoo, MI; and Detroit, MI to connect with organizations working to prevent and counter violence through community-focused programs. Below she reflects on her experience. As part of the IVLP on “Strengthening Civil Society- Building Community Resilience against Violent Extremism,” I found the 3-week experience to be quite enlightening and educational. The rise of conflict based on race,...

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IVLP Alumni Among Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders

Sunita Danuwar, 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero, was honored this week as one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. Sunita is the Executive Director of Shakti Samuha, an organization that provides shelter and support to victims of trafficking in persons in Nepal. A trafficking survivor herself, Sunita now serves as an advocate for other victims. She has played a key role in expanding her organization’s victim-support services to include education and skills training, repatriation services, and legal assistance to survivors and girls at risk of trafficking. In 2018, the US Department of State recognized Sunita and...

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Exploring the United Arab Emirates (Part 1, Abu Dhabi)

The following blog was originally written by Darren Bradley and published on his website to highlight his time in Abu Dhabi. Darren 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.  So I finally got the chance to visit the United Arab Emirates. I know I have a bit of a reputation for traveling all over the place, so some people may be surprised...

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Senator Richard Lugar: a diplomatic champion

Senator Richard Lugar personified an era when US senators such as “Scoop” Jackson, Howard Baker and Pat Moynihan worked across party lines and were true global statesmen. Lugar had been an effective mayor of Indianapolis, and brought a practical approach to everything he did — including foreign policy. His goal was always to figure out what was in America’s national interests, not his own or his political party. Through his work in Central America, Asia, Europe and his nuclear proliferation initiative with Senator Sam Nunn, he worked tirelessly for a more secure and prosperous world. Senator Lugar was a...

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Meridian Reads: Check this out

Happy weekend, Meridian Readers! We know it’s tempting to lay in bed on Sundays and completely ignore the outside world — but look at you! You’re here engaging with current events that involve the whole globe, and we’re proud of you for that. You deserve another cup of joe. Without further ado, here are the top three takeaways from the international new cycle this week.  What I Would Tell My Younger Self… Advice from Entrepreneurs Publication: Global Policy | By Will Szabo “If I could just go back, knowing what I know now, I’d do everything different,” is something...

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