Meridian Exchange: December 2021

Celebrating the "U.S. - UAE: 50 Years in Partnership"


In celebration of the dynamic partnership between the United States and the United Arab Emirates, the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy partnered with the Embassy of the United States in Abu Dhabi and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. to showcase 50 photographs that recall notable moments, events and people. The exhibition traces relationships and initiatives that have shaped five key areas of mutual interest: diplomacy and security, trade and business, health and sports, education and environment, and arts and culture. View the virtual exhibition here.

Inside the Summit for Democracy and a view of Foreign Affairs from Senate

This month, the Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement brought foreign chiefs of mission for an Insights@Meridian program featuring Jonathan J. Finer, Principal Deputy National Security Advisor.  He discussed the Biden administration's national security priorities, the importance of revitalizing alliances and partnerships around the world to confront shared global threats, particularly climate change, and forecasted the Summit for Democracy. Chiefs of mission also visited Meridian’s campus for a conversation with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on the role of the U.S. Senate in foreign affairs, trade and agriculture. See more of our latest Insights@Meridian programs here.

Improving diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility around the world

The Meridian Center for Global Leadership and the U.S. Department of State virtually welcomed 86 individuals from around the world digitally to the U.S. to participate in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project titled "A Global Moment in Time: Reflections on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility." Through meetings with American professors, researchers, attorneys and non-profit leaders, participants examined how historical trends continue to impact minorities and the efforts of modern civil rights groups to challenge assumptions and change the status quo. Participants also had the opportunity to further explore the crucial interdependence of the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility concepts, discuss the ubiquity of unconscious privilege and define and reflect on the value of diversity and multiculturalism as understood globally to improve opportunities and access around the world.

Upcoming Events

Innovations in Healthy Aging in Latin America

​​​​​Thursday, January 13, 2022
The Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement will bring together senior diplomats, U.S. government officials and experts to discuss “Innovations in Healthy Aging in Latin America”. The program will serve as the launch event for the latest edition of AARP’s international publication The Journal. For more information about the program, please reach out to Ryan Scherba at

Understanding Washington: A Deep Dive into Federalism

Tuesday, January 19, 2022
This program is designed for newly arrived diplomats to immerse themselves in the complex U.S. federal government structure as quickly as possible and connect with their counterparts from other countries. For more information, please contact Julianne JuarezThis program is invitation-only and has limited space. It is off-the-record and closed to press.

Welcome to Washington

Thursday, February 24, 2022
Meridian will welcome and honor newly credentialed Chiefs of Mission to their postings in the United States. The in-person evening reception provides an opportunity for newly arrived ambassadors to meet and forge connections with Washington’s business, government, and policy communities. For more information, please contact Julianne JuarezThis program is invitation-only and has limited space.

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