The last three months of 2021 saw the departure of nine foreign ambassadors to the United States.
As the Biden administration approaches its first anniversary in power, it might be useful to explain one way in which Washington operates, even though it has not changed with the transition from Trump to Biden. This feature of American statecraft, which is often misunderstood, is the uniquely American tradition of selling the title of “ambassador.”
While some nations have seen a significant deterioration of freedoms during the past 18 months, the pandemic’s direct impact on the vitality of democracy itself has so far been limited, the Swedish nonprofit V-Dem says. But those who run Washington’s top global development organizations aren’t waiting to sound the alarm.
The woman in the grocery store was quite upset. She didn’t like wearing a mask. She hadn’t been vaccinated and she was convinced it was a conspiracy. “The government and Dr. [Anthony] Fauci are just trying to kill enough people worldwide so the population drops to a billion people,” she explained.
Tiny inanimate figurines in dollhouse-like boxes give life — and a face — to the universal yearning for happiness and a home in “Flight” at Studio Theatre.
The Hirshhorn’s exciting new experimental exhibition “Laurie Anderson: The Weather” careens through time and theme in a highly effective and often perfectly discordant approach to the artist’s pioneering career.
After traveling to over a dozen cities in Europe since 2019, the “LOVE HATE” sculpture by German artist Mia Florentine Weiss is finally returning to its birthplace.
The Hillwood Estate explores the 1920s through the eyes of founder Marjorie Merriweather Post, offering a flashy and fabulous look at the Roaring Twenties through one of the wealthiest figures of the age.
Ivonne A-Baki, one of the most prominent women diplomats in Ecuador’s 200-year history, says women have come a long way since she arrived in Washington as her country’s first female ambassador here 23 years ago—but that the battle for gender equality is far from over.
A veritable who’s who of American and foreign diplomats, public servants, educators, scientists, musicians and artists came together Nov. 30 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, one of the world’s most widely recognized and prestigious scholarships.
I asked Dr. Anthony Fauci that question on Dec. 1, when the chief medical advisor held a White House press conference for the first time in months. “The endgame, which we hope and I think will occur, is that as we get more people vaccinated —not only in this country but globally—we will see a situation where viruses will not have the opportunity. what they have right now is to essentially freely distribute and freely circulate in society, both domestic society and global society.”
The National Press Club (NPC) is no stranger to the spotlight; its members have reported some of the biggest stories of the last century. On Oct. 14, the NPC itself made news when over 70 people gathered at its Holeman Lounge for the club’s first official press attaché mixer.
In its 27-year history, the Embassy Series has hosted over 600 concerts at nearly 80 partner embassies, and at the University Club of Washington. This gives host countries a chance to showcase their music and culture in the United States; audience members are invited to dine and interact with featured artists following their performances.
Nov. 9, 2021—the one-year anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the latest round of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan—we ought to stop and ponder one profound question: Does doing the right thing matter anymore?
Victor Shiblie, publisher of the Washington Diplomat—who had been invited to Uzbekistan as an election observer—sat down with Daniel Rosenblum, the US ambassador in Tashkent, for an exclusive interview.
Friday night, just before midnight, the House of Representatives passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that has headlined news reports over the last few months. Without a doubt, this is the biggest success of Joe Biden’s presidency so far.
American democracy is under threat. Election denialism, crippling polarization, and an environment that breeds self-censorship have exposed gaping cracks in the edifice of our republic. With faith in American democracy plummeting, the Renew Democracy Initiative has united over 50 dissidents from 30 oppressive countries to celebrate America’s founding values but also warn of the dangers that arise when those values are compromised.
For the past year, Trump has continuously attempted to undermine the credibility of the 2020 presidential election. Just last week at his rally in Iowa, nearly one year after the election concluded, Trump was still pushing the same narrative. “I never conceded. . . no reason to concede.”
On Oct. 30, 1991, in the presence of President George H.W. Bush, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and other leaders, the first major peace conference between Israel and its Arab neighbors got underway in Madrid. Yet 30 years after Madrid, real peace remains elusive—and there’s still no Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
In an Oct. 5 webinar hosted by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute (CACI), Ibrahim discussed his energy-rich country’s regional priorities with S. Frederick Starr, the organization’s chairman, and Svante Cornell, its director. And the first order of business, he said, is to “define these priorities.”
Colin Powell is likely to be remembered by historians as an inspirational, successful, compelling, but also a tragic American military and political leader. The child of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was an indifferent student at City College of New York.