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.
The Washington Diplomat hosted its annual pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner media bash at the Argentine Embassy on April 29.
Former Washington lobbyist and political consultant Peter Schechter has opened the city’s first restaurant chain that combines immigrant advocacy with a new concept in dining.
Juan Carlos Pinzón, Colombia’s ambassador to the US, discussed his country’s bilateral relations, the 2016 peace deal with FARC rebels and other issues in a March 30 talk at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
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.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts building is undergoing renovations, but its curators aren’t taking a break. Washingtonians can now visit an exciting off-site exhibition focused on contemporary artists and shifting perspectives at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center through May 22.
The Inter-American Dialogue, one of the nation’s most prestigious think tanks on Latin America, is getting a new boss: Rebecca Bill Chavez, PhD. She replaces Michael Shifter, who’s stepping down after 28 years with the Dialogue.
Yemen’s disastrous civil war, now in its eighth year, shows little sign of a resolution despite efforts to bring the country’s various warring factions to the negotiating table.
YEREVAN, Armenia — For most of his career, political consultant Eric Hacopian helped prominent California Democrats—including Reps. Adam Schiff and Brad Sherman of Los Angeles—win elections.
Kristjan Prikk, Estonia’s man in Washington, sees no imminent Russian invasion of the Baltics following its carnage in Ukraine. But he’s clearly worried that if the world doesn’t teach Vladimir Putin a lesson soon, the consequences for Europe could be severe and frightening.
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.
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.
Iceland, with only 345,000 people, is among the most advanced, prosperous nations in Europe. And despite its oil wealth, Nigeria, with 214 million inhabitants, remains one of the world’s most corrupt countries.Yet when it comes to women’s health and gender equity, the two share a few things in common.
Passport DC, a series of programs in May featuring Washington’s diplomatic community and its diverse culture, is returning for the first time since the pandemic began, allowing the public to visit over 50 embassies for the Around the World Embassy Tour on May 7 and immerse themselves in various cultures without leaving the city.