At least 500 guests gathered on May 18 at Washington’s Four Seasons Hotel to mark Azerbaijan’s Independence Day, Armed Forces Day, and 30 years of US-Azerbaijan diplomatic relations.
Diplomacy works best when there are two rational actors negotiating at the same table, with the same set of rules and guiding principles. This was not the case here and it is wrong to glibly proclaim that what we are witnessing today is a failure of diplomacy.
Ambassador Rufus Gifford, the State Department’s new chief of protocol, has been on the job for barely three weeks. But he’s already made history as the first openly gay diplomat ever to hold that title.
As historic peace talks struggle to get underway between the Afghan government and the Taliban, one of Afghanistan’s top diplomats has paused to reflect on the still, peaceful and once-beautiful country to which he has dedicated his professional life.
From tiny Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country in size, to vast Canada, the world’s second-largest, foreign governments have more women representing them here than ever before. And for roughly the last three years, an informal club exists for these sisters-in-diplomacy: the Washington Women’s Power Group.
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.