Meridian Reads: Impeachment, Kazakhstan and diplomacy in space

Hey there, Meridian Readers. It’s a tense time in Washington and a busy time around the world, let’s dive in. Judiciary Committee votes to advance articles of impeachment against Trump to the full House Publication: CNBC | By Yelena Dzhanova and Christina Wilkie Unless you’ve been living under a (pretty big) rock, you’ve heard that the House Judiciary Committee is, uh, not too happy with President Trump. Haven’t been able to keep up with the 14-hour long hearings all week? You’re not alone. Here’s what you missed: Following two days of heated debate, the House Judiciary Committee on Friday...

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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: North Korea, Antarctica and a diplomacy caucus

Happy December, Meridian Readers. We hope you had a restful thanksgiving and are gearing up for all the holiday festivities to come. Let’s jump into this week’s international affairs round-up. North Korea says U.S. must choose “Christmas gift” as nuclear diplomacy deadline nears Publication: CBS News | Via Associated Press In case you haven’t heard, North Korea recently urged the Trump admin to salvage ongoing nuclear negotiations. A statement attributed to a senior diplomat said it was entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North. The point of that ominous statement?...

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Meridian Reads: Australia, digital literacy and foodie culture

Hey there, Meridian Readers! The holidays are fast approaching, so let’s dive in and make sure you’re prepared for loooots of familial small talk. Diplomacy may be the solution to standoff over Australia’s use of carryover credits Publication: The Guardian | By Katharine Murphy and Adam Morton With so much going on in the U.S. (don’t worry, we won’t mention the “i” word for the sake of everyone’s sanity), you may not have heard about Australia. Here’s the deal: Australian officials have told major business groups there will have to be a diplomatic solution to a standoff between the...

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IVLP Alumni Spotlight: The Financial Phoenix – Bankruptcy and Growth

When thinking of bankruptcy, images of personal failures, bad management, or fraud often come to mind. However, some experts argue that bankruptcy should be perceived as a financial rebirth. Economists at the World Bank conclude that “effective bankruptcy laws that allow viable firms to reorganize and unviable ones to liquidate or be sold is a necessary condition for growth.” The U.S. has an extensive code of laws that cover financial death and rebirth for individuals, small businesses, and corporations but many other countries do not. To share how U.S. Bankruptcy law can help businesses grow, the State Department’s International...

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