Meridian Exchange: April 2022


In April, 17 mayors and municipal leaders from 14 countries participated in the virtual portion of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program’s (IVLP) Summit for Democracy Initiative. Building on the White House’s 2021 Summit for Democracy, this year-long initiative will address the Summit’s three principal pillars: strengthening democracy and defending against authoritarianism; fighting corruption; and promoting respect for human rights.

Meridian also concluded the 2022 International Women of Courage six-week IVLP program working alongside the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This year’s award ceremony featured U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, First Lady Jill Biden, and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield. Participants were engaged virtually through 60 meetings and presentations in Des Moines, Orlando, Tulsa, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Portland.

Meridian is investing in the future of diplomacy by developing emerging American scientists interested in international affairs careers through our new Diplomatic Skills Training for Young Scientists course held in partnership with the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT). Learn more here about this 4-week pilot program taking place in summer 2022.

Announced at the 2022 Meridian Diplomacy Forum: Statecraft in the Evolving Frontiers: Ocean, Arctic and Space as part of Meridian’s DiplomacyRISE initiative, the Diplomatic Skills Training for Young Scientists aims to provide scientists and similar professionals with soft skills that are central to diplomacy. In case you missed the Diplomacy Forum, you can read our top takeaways on oceansArctic and space, or watch our highlight reel and recordings by clicking the button above

The Meridian Center for Global Leadership is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the 2022 U.S. Congress – Republic of Korea National Assembly Exchange Program. One of Meridian's longest running two-way exchanges, this program is designed to broaden the perspectives of Korean and American young people on the history and various aspects of the bilateral relationship. Applicants should submit materials by May 22.

The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy and the National Endowment for the Humanities invites proposals for the 2022 Global Humanities Symposium: Engaging in Cultural Diplomacy. The symposium will be held on July 21 at Meridian's historic Washington, DC campus and select papers will be published in an edited volume. Submissions due date is May 15.

Meridian proudly presents Culturefix, its second annual cultural diplomacy celebration to honor the power of the arts and culture to address global challenges faced by people, communities and the planet. Listen, learn and engage in discussions about how cultural exchange and art can transform societies worldwide. Register today.


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