Why We Need a US-Iranian Diplomatic Solution

The following was written by Nobar Elmi Golhar. Nobar is a Product Director at Challenger, Inc and previously served as both Director of Community Outreach and Board Member for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC).  Last month, our nation was brought to the brink of war when President Trump authorized the killing of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. For now, Iran has responded with a limited strike on U.S. bases in Iraq that was tough enough to save face, but strategic enough to prevent retaliation. Sadly, in the process, Tehran also made the colossally catastrophic mistake of shooting down...

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Meridian Reads: Iowa, Israeli Settlements and Taiwan Voters

Hey there, Meridian Readers. Thanks for spending your Sunday morning with us. Let’s sit back, relax and catch up on the news. How jammed phone lines and a failing app created chaos in Iowa Publication: CNN | By Dan Merica and Jeff Zeleny Ah, the Iowa Caucus. Not everyone understands exactly how it works, but we all know one thing: this year it didn’t. Chaos spread across Iowa as the reporting methods for the nearly 1,700 precincts failed, throwing the state’s Democratic caucuses into confusion and embarrassment. The heart of the problem stemmed from a new app the party had developed as a way —...

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Meridian Reads: Coronavirus, South American diplomacy and tensions on Capitol Hill

Hey there Meridian Readers, we hope you’ve had a good weekend. Let’s dive in so you’re prepared for the week ahead.   How bad will the Coronavirus outbreak get? Publication: The New York Times | By Knvul Sheikh, Derek Watkins, Jin Wu and Mika Gröndahl As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, a flurry of early research is drawing a clearer picture of how the pathogen behaves and the key factors that will determine whether it can be contained. To determine this, we ask six key questions: How contagious is it? Moderately, similar to SARS. How deadly is it? The...

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Meridian Reads: Mexican diplomacy, Davos and Baghdad

Hey there, Meridian Readers! We know it feels like January 74th, and the current news cycle doesn’t always help. We’re here to deliver the top points you’ll need to get through your week, let’s dive in. Mexican diplomacy has gone feminist Publication: Foreign Policy | By Lyric Thompson Here’s the deal: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has boldly reoriented the country’s foreign policy toward gender equality, and last week Mexico became the first global south country— and only the third country worldwide— to launch an explicitly feminist foreign policy. “The government of Mexico is feminist, and our foreign...

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Meridian Reads: Bhutan, Gulf tensions and Big Ben

Happy Sunday, Meridian Readers. Didn’t keep up with all the international news this week? We get it, life is busy. Let’s catch up now. Himalayan Kingdom gradually raises its U.S. profile, even without an embassy in D.C. Publication: The Washington Diplomat | By Larry Luxner Familiar with Bhutan? We won’t be shocked if you’re not. In 1980, it had just 1,200 phone lines in service. Television came to this isolated Shangri-La only in 1999, and even today, fewer than 300,000 tourists visit Bhutan annually. Bhutan is also one of only a handful of countries without an embassy in Washington....

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