Perspectives on the Fourth Sector and Commercial Diplomacy

This blog post was contributed by Amanda Kabonero, Carlos M. Gutierrez Corporate Diplomacy Fellow.  As leaders around the world scramble in the search for solutions to save a declining global economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have an opportunity to choose how they will emerge from this crisis. The world we left behind in 2019 was already beginning to move towards a more inclusive and more purposeful engagement with capitalism, which considered both people and the planet as equal partners. The pandemic has only amplified this movement and underscored its necessity. We cannot just build back the global economy. We must build back a better economy.   Global collaboration is the engine of future economic growth. Leaders in business, government and civil society must deviate from the status quo, breaking down silos and sharing best practices to design a future global economy...

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National Literacy Month: Becoming a Global Citizen through Books

This year back to school looks a little different, instead of buying supplies parents are figuring our the dynamics of virtual schooling. For young adults studying or hoping to pursue a career in the area of international relations or foreign policy realm, it is important to understand how interconnected our world is, to learn more about different cultures, and be globally literate. Literacy is extremely important not only in order to succeed but also in order to be able to make decisions and analyze situations. Through our various efforts, Meridian hopes to engage with and support future global leaders...

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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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“An Existential Crisis of Diplomacy”: Pandemic Response and Potential Reforms at the State Department

This post was written by Sara Huzar, intern at Meridian’s Center for Diplomatic Engagement.  Around the world, officials are starting to lift the strict pandemic measures and replace them with softer guidelines on how to conduct business safely for the foreseeable future. For citizens and businesses, these measures widely referred to as the “new normal” feel anything but. Members of the diplomatic corps are facing the same daunting readjustment, begging the question of what might be next for diplomacy?   These are the issues that Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Congressman Joaquin Castro discussed in a virtual event hosted by Foreign Policy for America. In the conversation, moderated FPA Board...

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A post-pandemic crisis: The mental toll on America

This blog post was originally published on PhRMA’s The Catalyst and authored by Reza Moghadam, PharmD, MBA, senior director, Population Health & Remote Customer Engagement with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals on the impact of mental health during COVID-19. PhRMA and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals are partners of Meridian, we were recently joined by Mr. Kabir Nath of Otsuka for a Global Business Briefing with Ambassador Sugiyama of Japan.  As we continue to wade through another month of societal paralysis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our country is accelerating quickly toward another potentially more devastating issue that has been ready to boil over for...

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