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Diplomatic Spotlight, Feb. 23, 2024

Five U.S. lawmakers from both major parties pledged during a visit to Kyiv this month to stand with Ukraine as the country’s war approached the two-year mark, and paid their respects at the Wall of Remembrance to Ukrainians who have died fighting against Russian aggression.

UK ambassador inaugurates bright, bold mural trumpeting inclusivity

Commissioned by the British Embassy in D.C., and painted by Lisa Marie Thalhammer, the mural is part of the GREAT Love international campaign, which celebrates the world’s diverse and flourishing LGBTQ+ communities. The bright, bold art on the walls of D.C.’s Little Gay Pub is intended to make “everyone feel at home,” the U.K. Ambassador to Washington, Dame Karen Pierce, says.

Rwandan envoy praises women’s success, US relations

Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana may be one of only around 30 women ambassadors in Washington, but in the East African country that she represents, women’s presence is felt on “every issue and corner of power,” she said at the Washington Diplomat’s Ambassador Insider Series last month.

US political dysfunction a threat to world stability: report

a new report by the Eurasia Group, a leading political risk firm, suggests that Americans would be well advised to look in the mirror and recognize that political dysfunction and threats of violence in the US are frightening people around the world and constitute a serious threat to international stability.

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Meridian Ball hits the jackpot in its 55th year

‘Casino night’ was this year’s theme of Meridian International Center’s biggest event of the year, which brings together diplomats, members of Congress and the administration, people from the public and private sectors and more, benefitting the Center’s mission for global leadership exchange, training programs and cultural activities. 

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Diplomatic Spotlight, Feb. 23, 2024

Five U.S. lawmakers from both major parties pledged during a visit to Kyiv this month to stand with Ukraine as the country’s war approached the two-year mark, and paid their respects at the Wall of Remembrance to Ukrainians who have died fighting against Russian aggression.

Rwandan envoy praises women’s success, US relations

Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana may be one of only around 30 women ambassadors in Washington, but in the East African country that she represents, women’s presence is felt on “every issue and corner of power,” she said at the Washington Diplomat’s Ambassador Insider Series last month.

US political dysfunction a threat to world stability: report

a new report by the Eurasia Group, a leading political risk firm, suggests that Americans would be well advised to look in the mirror and recognize that political dysfunction and threats of violence in the US are frightening people around the world and constitute a serious threat to international stability.

Diplomatic Spotlight — Feb. 3, 2024

The United Arab Emirates embassy wraps up a video project marking the country’s 50th anniversary and long friendship with the U.S. | China celebrates the upcoming Year of the Dragon and 45 years of diplomatic relations with Washington

Shakespeare on how leaders rise, rule and fall

Eliot Cohen is a military historian and national security expert who deeply  admires William Shakespeare for his astonishing command of the English language, profound insights into human character, and absorbing reflections on political power. And sometimes Shakespeare even helps him understand current events.

Diplomatic Spotlight

Oman marks National Day with a call for peace | Moroccan ambassador receives award | Ribbon cut at US-ASEAN Center on I St. | First DC Diplomatic Day of Kindness

Bourbon diplomacy and good friends: EU’s Lambrinidis leaves DC

Stavros Lambrinidis, the outgoing EU Ambassador to the United States, has taken relations between the European Union and the United States from “not that loving” in 2019 to a high point in late 2023, through a mix of unparalleled leadership, lots of travel and some bourbon diplomacy.

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