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Tiny Liechtenstein, no bigger than DC, seeks outsize role in diplomacy

With only 38,500 inhabitants in a territory exactly the same size as the District of Columbia, Liechtenstein is the world’s wealthiest country. According to the World Bank, its annual per-capita income is $175,813, ranking Liechtenstein ahead of Monaco, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Bermuda. Yet this 62-square-mile, German-speaking principality—wedged in between Switzerland and Austria—isn’t exactly a household name for everyone, conceded Liechtenstein’s ambassador to the United States, Georg Sparber.

Diplomatic Spotlight

Diplomatic Spotlight is a roundup of events happening in the Washington, DC’s diplomatic community. This edition includes Tulip Days at the Dutch ambassador’s residence, honoring Kathy Kemper and her nonprofit Institute for Education, and the National Museum of American Diplomacy unveiling a bust of former Secretary of State James Baker as part of their permanent collection.

Op-Ed: What’s the endgame in Ukraine?

In case there are any doubts, the world is at war. Questions remain about how protracted this war will be, how volatile it will become and whether or not it ends in a conflagration that destroys all of humanity.

US-French alliance is solid despite recent crisis, says Philippe Étienne

Last year on July 14, Bastille Day, French Ambassador Philippe Étienne proudly unveiled a 1,000-pound bronze “mini-me” of the Statue of Liberty on the lawn of his official residence in D.C.’s Kalorama district before a crowd of dignitaries that included US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.