Amplifying the Asian Pacific American Voice with Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch is the President of the U.S.-China Education Trust, a program devoted to promoting American Studies in China. She has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989 — the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history. For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month, we’re excited to bring you her perspectives on AAPI month throughout her life and career.   What does AAPI Heritage Month mean to...

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Pakistani Ambassador: Dialouge is the way forward

This blog post was contributed by Urwah Ahmad, Global Communications Fellow at Meridian International Center.  On February 4, 2021, Asad Majeed Khan, the Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. joined Eric Ham, Political Analyst at The Washington Diplomat, for a Global 360 conversation about topics ranging from Pakistan-U.S. relations in the context of the Biden Administration and the regional, security and economic situation in Kashmir.   Ham shared that global challenges will only “be solved by nations working together and in common,” echoing President Biden’s address to the U.S. State Department on February 4, 2021. “America’s alliances are our greatest asset,” he noted. Ambassador Khan commented that this was a significant and symbolic address and a message to people around the globe on “the importance that  administration is going to...

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Diplomacy today, diplomacy tomorrow

The following blog post is a three-part series adapted from Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Trainor Award lecture, delivered in Gaston Hall at Georgetown University in February 2020 and originally published on the Medium. In the series of blog, she reflects on her career in the Foreign Service, the state of diplomacy today, and the U.S. role in the world. PART 1: The power of example I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself and why I decided to become a diplomat. Because it was pretty unlikely, but all American stories are unlikely. That is the beauty of America. I grew...

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