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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.

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.

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.

Ambassadors Ball Goes Virtual to Raise Funds to Fight MS

This year, the 42nd annual Ambassadors Ball had to go virtual but its message still resonated, attracting a wide array of speakers and guests while raising over $300,000 to support research and treatment for those living with multiple sclerosis.

Belarus: Change, At Last?

Elections in Belarus — home to what is often referred to as Europe’s last dictatorship — are pretty much a foregone conclusion. President Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the former Soviet Republic with an iron fist for 26 years. But the presidential race on Aug. 9 has shaped up to be anything but predictable.

Pakistani Envoy Talks Kashmir, Coronavirus

We caught up with Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan recently for our Global 360 webcast to get an update on the situation in Kashmir, which on Aug. 5 marked the one-year anniversary of the revocation of Article 370.

GALA Hispanic Theatre Faces Pandemic on Personal and Professional Level

Like many local arts organizations, GALA Hispanic Theatre is scrambling to find a financial way forward in these uncertain times, but this performing arts center that focuses on works by Latino artists was hit with a double whammy: Its co-founder and executive director, Rebecca Read Medrano, came down with coronavirus.

Academics Say U.S. Interventions to Force Regime Change Often Fail

There is a long history of countries overthrowing other countries’ governments to get what they want. There is an equally long history of such efforts ending in abject failure. So why does the idea of forcible regime change continues to hold sway in U.S. foreign policy circles?