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National Press Club holds embassy press attaché mixer

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.

Live concerts are back as Embassy Series thanks patrons for support

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.

Iraq’s Yasseen wins NUSACC’s ‘Ambassador of the Year’ award

The National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) has named Fareed Yasseen, Iraq’s envoy to the United States, as its 2021 “Ambassador of the Year.” Yasseen, who’s been posted to Washington for the last five years, received his education in Switzerland, Iraq and the US.

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Statue of Liberty’s ‘Little Sister’ Comes to DC to Celebrate US-France Ties

On June 19, Little Lady Liberty embarked on a similar trek that her big sister took 135 years ago, crossing the Atlantic to join her full-size sibling on Ellis Island for America’s Independence Day. She was then trucked to D.C. to be displayed on the lawn of the French ambassador’s residence just in time for France’s Bastille Day.

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Diplomatic Spotlight

Dutch Embassy bestows Anne Frank Award on Nita Lowey On Oct. 29, former Rep. Nita Lowey (D-New York)

Op-Ed: Renew Democracy Initiative highlights American values abroad

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.

Op-ed: Accepting reality means rejecting Trump

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.”

Israeli, Palestinian experts revisit Madrid peace talks, 30 years later

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.

Remembering Colin Powell

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. 

Book Review: Our last best hope for America

George Packer, a staff writer for The Atlantic and award-winning author of several non-fiction books, is one of the most penetrating, persuasive, and important writers in the United States. He is consistently fair-minded, skeptical, and willing to challenge political orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. He wrote a remarkable book about the Iraq War, a probing biography of Richard Holbrooke, and a stunning account of the economic and social unraveling of America’s middle class.

Global 360: Afghanistan – 20 years later

Anna Gawel and Eric Ham give a candid talk about what went wrong in Afghanistan, what, if any, the long-term repercussions will be, and why there are no easy answers when it comes to a country known as the graveyard of empires.

Op-Ed: Sit down. Get the vaccine. Act like an adult.

The new rules amount to Biden saying “enough of the bull” as he steps up efforts to get stubborn Americans vaccinated. When I asked about mandatory vaccinations at the beginning of the Biden administration, press secretary Jen Psaki said the president was opposed to them.

Air Senegal launches BWI-Dakar flights in bid for diaspora business

Until coronavirus paralyzed the airline industry in early 2020, more than a million passengers were flying annually between the United States and West Africa. Now that international travel is gradually returning to normal, Air Senegal hopes to grab a slice of that business.

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