As we mark the retirement of Congressman Ed Royce of California, who served ably as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it is worth noting that his cooperation with incoming Chair and then Ranking Member Eliot Engel reminds us of what can be accomplished if issues are approached with mutual respect and shared interests. Royce was widely respected for his deep knowledge on a range of foreign policy issues and chaired the Africa subcommittee, where he was instrumental in working with Democrats on President Bush’s landmark HIV-AIDS initiative, advancing trade, and building support for robust public diplomacy programs and...Continue
The following Q&A was originally published in The Washington Diplomat to highlight the diplomatic and global leadership work of U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon, who serves on the advisory board of the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement. The profile was written by Aileen Torres-Bennett, a contributing writer for The Washington Diplomat. Venerated U.S. Ambassador Thomas Shannon retired in February 2018 after an almost 35-year career at the State Department. He started off as a consular/political officer in Guatemala in 1984 and ended as the third highest-ranking official in the agency as undersecretary for political affairs. He also briefly served as acting secretary...Continue
To mark the 20th Anniversary of implementing the U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange, Meridian conducted a longitudinal study, surveying alumni from the 2007-2017 programs to assess how this exchange has impacted the 340 Americans and Koreans rising leaders who took part in the exchange. Their individual stories are a testament to the long term-impact of this exchange and of its crucial role in fostering better relations between the United State and Korea. Featured below is the personal story of Tommy Choi, an alum of the 2013 program, who shared with us as part of the...Continue
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 feature the Director of Hope for a Child in Christ, a non-profit organisation based in Zimbabwe who participated on the IVLP in 2014. Ms. Sunga Mzeche spent three weeks in the United States visiting non-profit organisations, federal agencies, and corporations to learn about volunteerism and NGO best practices.
“From my personal experience as a host for international visitors, I am aware of the importance of Meridian’s efforts. Indeed, by promoting greater understanding among individuals, you have helped to foster greater cooperation among nations.”
President George H.W. Bush – March 29, 1991 on Meridian’s 30th anniversary