Meridian Exchange | January 2018

Meridian Exchange
Meridian International Center | January 2018
Advancing global leadership and diplomacy
through the exchange of leaders, ideas and culture

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? Over 150 of Washington’s top leaders met at the 6th Annual Meridian Global Leadership to explore this question. Learn More | Download Summit Takeaways

Smart Governance, Smart Living

The dialogue around the Internet of Things continues to dominate conversations about infrastructure, technology and governance policies. Meridian convened policy makers, including Grace Koh, Special Assistant to the President, the private sector and the diplomatic community to discuss the landscape, innovation, and priorities that this Administration has for integrating the Internet of Things into daily life. Learn More

Private Investment Abroad: Conversation with OPIC’s Ray Washburne

OPIC President Ray Washburne and 20 corporate leaders met for a dialogue on economic challenges and opportunities in trade policy negotiations in the United States. He shared what American businesses hoping to expand into emerging markets can do, and what role entrepreneurship can play in foreign policy. This program is part of Meridian’s Corporate Council platform, connecting the private sector with the diplomatic community and policy makers for dialogue and networking on issues in order to understand, operate and compete in a global economy. Learn More

Exploring the U.S. – Mexico Relationship

Amid ongoing and contentious NAFTA renegotiations, Meridian in partnership with AT&T; gathered a group of public and private sector leaders for a discussion on the magnitude of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and the various avenues to strengthen bilateral cooperation. Mexican Ambassador Geronimo Gutiérrez shared important elements of U.S.-Mexico relations before several Administration officials and Members of Congress including Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ); Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX); Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA) among others. Learn More


February 6, 2018 | Insights @ Meridian – Conversation with Brian Hook, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, for senior members of the Diplomatic Corps

February 7, 2018 | Entrée to Dialogue – Salon Dinner hosted by His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan and Mrs. Nobuko Sasae exploring sports diplomacy with Meridian Global Leadership Council members

February 13, 2018 | 8th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration co-hosted with His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China
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