Meridian Diplomacy Forum

Diplomacy is an everchanging artform that shifts with the times and the needs of a nation. Meridian’s annual Diplomacy Forum explores trends and challenges in U.S. and international statecraft. The 2021 Diplomacy Forum, The Path Forward: Strengthening American Statecraft, highlighted the restoration of the State Department and U.S. global leadership as well as the need to reconceive and modernize our diplomatic practices and capacity to meet the demands of today’s new challenges. U.S. relations with Cuba, India, Japan and mainland Southeast Asia were also explored separately in previous years.

Meridian Diplomacy Forum 2022

Statecraft in the New Frontiers: Arctic, Space and Cyber

Tuesday, April 12 (hybrid in-person and virtual program)

Science and technological innovation are decreasing the barriers of entry to space and the cyber world, while climate change is expanding the operability of the Arctic. Each of these frontiers offer exciting opportunities to improve and support humankind. At the same time, national and corporate interests are bound to collide with the participation of more state and nonstate actors. Diplomacy is paramount to establish a set of norms to maintain order and avoid conflict. The 2022 Meridian Diplomacy Forum will explore international relations and the shifting global order in these increasingly accessible arenas. American and international diplomats, military officials, business leaders and academic experts will discuss how the United States and other nations are utilizing traditional and modern diplomatic tools to tackle these complexities and challenges. 


Held in-person on Meridian’s historic Washington, DC campus, and livestreamed on Meridian’s digital platforms for a global audience, the half-day program will feature remarks from key decisionmakers, in-depth panel discussions, and networking. Senior diplomatic, government and business leaders will gather to explore opportunities for cooperation and collaboration. University students and other young aspiring diplomats will also attend for a look at the future of diplomacy and to forge relationships leading to careers in international relations.   

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