Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement

Diplomacy is evolving and multi-faceted. Skepticism of global engagement is growing, alliances are shifting, and polarization is increasing. Complex policy issues require collaboration among diplomatic, business and policy leaders, however gaps exist among these sectors. Stronger neutral, non-partisan channels among these communities are needed.

The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement accelerates collaboration between international diplomatic corps and U.S. public and private sector leaders to cooperate on solutions to global economic and security issues. With more than 55 years of close relationships with the diplomatic community, Meridian is uniquely positioned to convene dialogues among leaders across borders, parties, and industries. These conversations are essential in today’s polarized society to achieve consensus and sustainable, mutually-beneficial solutions.


The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement serves as a bridge between the diplomatic community and the U.S. government and private sector to:

  • Provide diplomatic leaders with the political, social and economic context driving U.S. government policies;
  • Strengthen important relationships among diplomatic, government and corporate leaders to promote collaboration on key global economic and national security issues;
  • Exchange perspectives and gain valuable insight on timely domestic and international issues in a neutral, non-partisan environment;
  • Build capacity among the diplomatic corps and business community by serving as a training and resource hub that fosters knowledge and skill development.

Our Approach

The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement convenes programs that enable participants to connect in intimate settings with top officials and policy-makers, dive deeply into issues, understand how Washington works and strengthen peer-to-peer relationships. It is a hub for policy symposia, panel discussions, fireside chats with senior Administration officials and members of Congress, salon dinners and workshops. The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement leverages Meridian’s longstanding experience in bringing together thousands of international leaders and government officials to build knowledge and exchange information, as well as its capability in cultural diplomacy and the arts.

Meridian’s two annual signature events, the Global Leadership Summit and the Meridian Diplomacy Forum serve alongside the longstanding Insights @ Meridian and Diplocraft programs as the backbone of the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement.


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Our Partners

Lead Partners



First Data Corporation
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
The Bernstein Family Foundation
Walter and Isabel Cutler Endowment for Global Understanding

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Frank Justice, Vice President, Center for Diplomatic Engagement | (202) 939-5583 |