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Germany’s Emily Haber: EU must step up fight against anti-Semitism

Anti-Jewish hate and violence—long a scourge of Europe—is once again on the increase, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a bruising toll on economies from Belgium to Bulgaria. Yet in the wake of neo-Nazi conspiracy theories and online Holocaust denial, Germany has a special responsibility to stem this rising tide of hatred, argues Emily Haber, the country’s ambassador to the United States.

African ambassadors ask diaspora to help promote 54-nation AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which took effect Jan. 1, involves more countries than any other trade bloc on Earth. Of the 55 member states of the African Union, 54—all but Eritrea—have signed on to the treaty, which aims to create a single market through the elimination of tariffs on 90% of all goods by 2022.

Serbia’s Marko Đurić urges ‘just solution’ to bitter Kosovo dispute

March 26, 2018, is a day Marko Đurić, Serbia’s new ambassador to the United States, will never forget. On that Monday, Đurić—at the time chief negotiator for Serbia’s Office for Kosovo and Metohija—was meeting with local Serbs in the town of North Mitrovica when he was violently detained for having crossed into Kosovar territory illegally.

Danish, Norwegian envoys join panel on Russian threat in Arctic

The Kremlin’s increasing military activities in the Arctic worry many countries, but especially Norway—the only NATO member state that borders Russia north of the Arctic Circle—and Denmark, whose kingdom includes the world’s largest island, Greenland.

Mohamed El-Erian leads NUSACC webinar on post-COVID recovery

“The world has faced two ‘once-in-a-century’ crises in the past 12 years,” says economist Mohamed Aly El-Erian. “To avoid making the same mistake of a muted recovery, leaders must restore counter-party trust and invest in the recovery through measures enhancing high, inclusive and sustainable growth.”

NUSACC kicks off 50th year with webinar on Arab ‘energy transition’

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Yergin headlined the first of a series of “Thought Leaders” webinars hosted by the Washington-based National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC). More than 400 business leaders, D.C.-based diplomats and senior government officials tuned into the event.

DC-based organizations dominate 2020 list of world’s top think tanks

Washington, D.C., is home to more think tanks—and better ones—than any other city on Earth. In fact, six of the world’s 20 best such organizations are headquartered in the nation’s capital, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Strategies Program.

A diplomatic first: Israel, Kosovo forge bilateral relations via Zoom

“Virtual diplomacy” just took on a whole new meaning. On Feb. 1, for the first time in history, two countries — in this case Israel and Kosovo — established official ties remotely, during a 28-minute ceremony broadcast via Zoom from two capital cities nearly 1,100 miles apart.