From Anime to Expo Milano: Meridian Hosts a Dynamic Discussion on Cultural Diplomacy

On June 26, 2014, Meridian convened diplomats, policy makers and leaders from the arts and cultural communities for a conversation on Cultural Diplomacy at the Forefront: Views from Around the Globe.  Ambassador Stuart Holliday, Meridian’s President and CEO, opened the event before welcoming The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, to share remarks on the importance of cultural diplomacy as a critical tool of public diplomacy. Assistant Secretary Ryan outlined how the U.S. State Department utilizes cultural diplomacy to promote dialogue and strengthen people-to-people relations around the world. She stated, “Sharing one’s culture,...

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A Journey to Washington

After reaching Washington DC, as I started the road journey towards our hotel, like always I was inspired by the buildings and couldn’t resist but took my camera out and started taking pictures. The architecture here is simple but elegant. I am sharing some pictures which I took during our first journey to Washington. Continue  

Announcing the Arrival of State-Craft’s Little Brother… Food-Craft: The Art of Using Food to Influence Hearts and Minds

“Gastrodiplomacy”, “Gastrodiplomat”, “Eatocracy”, “Culinary Diplomacy” – these are just a few of the new buzz words which are being used by politicians, diplomats, culinary experts, and public relations practitioners, as the world now takes notice of what is probably the oldest and most effective mechanism of public engagement: FOOD! Continue