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Op-ed: Want to be a US ambassador? Pay up.

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.”

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.

Global 360: Corporate Diplomacy

As the world grapples with new realities and a once-in-a-generation pandemic, multinational corporations are shifting priorities to meet new business climates and polarizing policy environments. Philip Morris International, no stranger to controversy, offers audiences a look at how this longstanding company is navigating the new normal to remain viable in the 21st century.

Op-Ed: US should recognize the role it’s played in Cuba’s troubles

Since Christopher Columbus first disembarked on the island of Cuba in the 15th century and brought infectious disease on an unsuspecting population, foreigners have dictated Cuba’s destiny. Irrespective of which great power was at play, all have pursued a similar course of action: Might is right. Little has changed in the intervening centuries.

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.

‘We’re Gonna Die’ offers a mix of hope and gloom

Round House Theatre — which has produced numerous virtual plays during the pandemic — cautiously invited a limited, masked and socially distanced audience back into the building for its production of “We’re Gonna Die” and filmed it for digital streaming audiences.

Phillips marks its centennial by looking ahead to the next century

The Phillips Collection may have hit the grand old age of 100, but its spectacular celebratory exhibition isn’t stuck in the past. Even as the show reflects on the museum’s own history, “Seeing Differently: The Phillips Collects for a New Century” is grappling with the future.