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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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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