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DC-based consular officials shine during global COVID-19 emergency

Say the word “diplomat” and most people automatically think of the roughly 175 ambassadors who represent their countries at physical embassies in the nation’s capital. Yet when foreign nationals find themselves in a pickle, they usually turn to consular officers — not ambassadors — for assistance.

Having a ball — online: Galas adapt to going virtual

The pandemic upended the balls and galas that organizations usually host as their main source of fundraising, but many have learned that virtual events can not only still raise money, but also be more inclusive, both in terms of performers and attendees.

D.C. diplomats praise protesters in Belarus, Europe’s last dictatorship

“The Minsk government’s repeated attempts to intimidate society has been ineffective. We cannot abandon the democratic movement in Belarus in its time of need,” said Polish Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, who joined a recent panel of experts to discuss the brutal crackdown on protesters by the Lukashenko regime.

Nagorno-Karabakh: After ceasefire, search for lasting peace begins

After 43 days of fighting, thousands dead and wounded, the creation of a new humanitarian crisis and a major geopolitical shift in a longstanding frozen conflict, a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh came into effect at midnight on Nov. 9, although many questions remain about what will happen to this disputed territory.

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Long Before Trump’s ‘Fake News,’ Artists Stretched the Truth

“Art and Authenticity in the Age of Fake News,” a new virtual exhibition organized by the American University Museum, features 30 paintings, photographs and prints spanning the 20th century that illustrate how artists blurred fact and fiction to stretch the truth — and our imaginations.

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Fauci talks about his Italian-American heritage at NIAF gala

Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was this year’s honoree at the National Italian-American Foundation’s 45th anniversary gala, which drew thousands of viewers during its Oct. 31 live-stream.

Acclaimed historian looks at inextricable link between humanity and war

Historian Margaret MacMillan skyrocketed to global prominence nearly two decades ago with “Paris 1919,” a riveting and authoritative account of the peace conference following World War I. In her latest book, MacMillan deploys her formidable skills of narration and analysis to assess one of the most mysterious aspects of the human experience: war.

Global 360: The U.S. Election Aftermath

It’s over! Sort of. Anna Gawel and Eric Ham break down what happened during last week’s U.S. election, what’s next for President-Elect Joe Biden and what’s left for President Donald Trump.

Women envoys turn to D.C. ‘power group’ for contacts, sisterly advice

From tiny Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country in size, to vast Canada, the world’s second-largest, foreign governments have more women representing them here than ever before. And for roughly the last three years, an informal club exists for these sisters-in-diplomacy: the Washington Women’s Power Group.

Sweden’s New Head of Americas Talks Feminist Foreign Policy

As she takes up her latest diplomatic posting, Veronika Wand-Danielsson will not only be responsible for Sweden’s relations with North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, she will also continue to implement her country’s pioneering feminist foreign policy.

U.S. Election Series: Russia

From Day One, Russia has cast a cloud over President Trump — and his aspirations for improving U.S.-Russia relations. As Americans head to the polls, we take a hard look at the country that has rocked not only the Trump White House, but also the sanctity of U.S. democracy itself.

U.S. Election Series: China

Join journalists Anna Gawel and Eric Ham for a lively conversation as they break down how China will shape the U.S. election.

U.S. Election Series: Latin America

How would Joe Biden deal with Latin America if he were president? What would U.S. relations with the region look like should Donald Trump be re-elected? Three expert journalists offer their insights on how Latin America will fare under either scenario.

Sinam Mohamad Pushes U.S. Not to Abandon Her Fellow Kurds in Syria

For nearly three years, Sinam Sherkany Mohamad has worked the corridors of power in Washington to drum up American support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which she represents as the U.S. envoy for the Syrian Democratic Council, part of the group’s political wing.

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