Meridian Exchange | July 2019


Read to see what we've been up to, who we've impacted and more.

Read to see what we've been up to, who we've impacted and more.

Meridian International Center | July 2019
Advancing global leadership and diplomacy
through the exchange of leaders, ideas and culture

Future of small and medium

businesses post-Brexit

With the UK’s formal exit from the EU looming, Prince Michael of Kent led a delegation of British small business advocates to Washington for a discussion at Meridian, in partnership with Intuit, on the tools and practices that form the favorable small business climate in the U.S. Cousin to Queen Elizabeth II and grandson of King George V, Prince Michael contributed to the creation of the Genesis Initiative decades ago when he realized small businesses had zero voice or support in the U.K. David Harvey, Genesis Consultant CEO, said the delegation learned how local knowledge of state and city governments can inform small business policies, as well as how to apply these lessons to their respective jurisdictions in the U.K. Read more about the discussion here.

Meridian brings Hip Hop diplomacy to Washington

Aiming to foster cross-cultural creative exchange, Next Level USA brings MCs, DJ’s, hip hop dancers, beatmakers and graffiti artists together to conduct master classes, give interactive performances and host jam sessions with local musicians. As an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, Meridian and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the program works to promote understanding and conflict transformation in its audiences while supporting the professional development of the participating artists. Meridian hosted the Next Level group for two days in Washington, D.C. during which they showed their array of talents and explored the district. Learn more here and see the artists in action.

Building the next generation of global leaders: 100 students travel to the U.S.

for academic residencies

The Study of U.S. Institutes (SUSI) is an intensive educational program of the U.S. Department of State administered by Meridian that brings dozens of international student leaders to the U.S. for four weeks of immersive cultural exchanges, research, travel and university classes. SUSI offers a first-hand look at civic engagement, entrepreneurship, economic development, religious freedom, closing the skills gap and more. SUSI participants visit several institutions of higher education across the U.S. to attend seminars, develop leadership skills, and culminate the experience with a customized case study tour highlighting diverse American communities as models of resiliency. Learn more about SUSI here.

U.S.  Sino stakes rise 

ahead of G20 Summit

Days before the meeting between Presidents Trump and Xi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, the Meridian Corporate Council hosted Minister Zhu Hong, the Minister of Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, for a discussion on the current state of the relationship between the global superpowers. Zhu made the case that these regulations on China are damaging to both the U.S economy and their interests in China, pointing to the negative effects that the tariffs have on American workers and families, and further stressing the importance of businesses staying involved in the policy-making process. The G20 Summit meeting between the two leaders ultimately ended with a ceasefire in the ongoing trade war and demonstrated intent on both sides to reach to an agreement. Read more about the discussion here.


July 18, 2019 | Diplocraft — Congressman Ami Bera will join diplomats and policy influencers to examine the role of foreign direct investment and economic ties in reinforcing relations between the United States and Korea. Learn more here.

October 25, 2019 | Meridian Annual Ball and Global Leadership Summit – Meridian's Global Leadership Summit will convene diplomatic, business and policy leaders to exchange ideas and solutions to global challenges, followed by our annual Ball. Click here to purchase tickets.

March 6-13, 2020Global Insights Mission to the UAE and Oman — Join Meridian for a diplomatic mission to the UAE and Oman to gain better insight into the region’s political, economic and cultural landscape. Learn more.
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