Top Takeaways from 2019 Meridian Global Leadership Summit

The 8th Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit explored changing landscapes in the areas of energy, trade and investment, and how these fields factor into sustaining global economic growth. Many thanks to those of you who joined us in person last Friday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center in Washington, DC as well as the 300 livestream viewers. Top Takeaways: GALLUP: AMERICANS ARE PRO-TRADE EVEN IF LARGELY UNINFORMED. Americans remain largely pro-trade believing that it has a positive effect on innovation, economic growth, and prices of products. Americans are more skeptical of trade’s effects on American jobs, quality of products,...

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Bipartisan Leadership on Foreign Affairs Needed Now More Than Ever

As we mark the retirement of Congressman Ed Royce of California, who served ably as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it is worth noting that his cooperation with incoming Chair and then Ranking Member Eliot Engel reminds us of what can be accomplished if issues are approached with mutual respect and shared interests. Royce was widely respected for his deep knowledge on a range of foreign policy issues and chaired the Africa subcommittee, where he was instrumental in working with Democrats on President Bush’s landmark HIV-AIDS initiative, advancing trade, and building support for robust public diplomacy programs and...

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A Case for A Globally Engaged, Nationally Secure America

Against the backdrop of a globalization that has many feeling more skeptical than optimistic, people are questioning existing notions of sovereignty. Nationalism is now being viewed as a rallying call for protectionism, rather than patriotism. This has fueled a false dichotomy between globalism and nationalism – particularly in the United States where leaders across politics and business along with every day citizens feel they must choose one path or the other. Given this context, how does a nation advance domestic interests while remaining globally engaged – and why is it vital in 2018? On October 20, 2017, over 150...

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Meridian’s 6th Annual Global Leadership Summit: Advancing National Interests in a Globalized Society

As a newcomer to Meridian International Center, I was excited to attend my first Global Leadership Summit. Leaders in both the public and private sector gathered at the summit to discuss how to balance national interests and America’s patriotic values while embracing globalization. Throughout the morning, security emerged as a central theme to finding this balance. Specifically, the need to develop security between borders, within trade agreements, and across digitally connected systems. As a self-identified global citizen and someone with a daily dependence on technology, I was particularly eager to learn from political and business leaders about strategies to...

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Educating the Next Generation of Global Leaders: #MeridianSummit

I am so incredibly lucky. I was born in America in a prosperous time to parents that not only valued my education, but had the time, resources, and capacity to be fully engaged. They sacrificed to send me to private schools, staying up until all my homework was done and explaining difficult concepts until they wanted to pull their hair out. But they did so I would have as many opportunities as possible. They poured their all into my education and in turn, gave me an impassioned outlook on my future. That is why I cannot get Deputy Secretary...

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