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Diplomatic Spotlight — Feb. 3, 2024

The United Arab Emirates embassy wraps up a video project marking the country’s 50th anniversary and long friendship with the U.S. | China celebrates the upcoming Year of the Dragon and 45 years of diplomatic relations with Washington

Bourbon diplomacy and good friends: EU’s Lambrinidis leaves DC

Stavros Lambrinidis, the outgoing EU Ambassador to the United States, has taken relations between the European Union and the United States from “not that loving” in 2019 to a high point in late 2023, through a mix of unparalleled leadership, lots of travel and some bourbon diplomacy.

Meridian Ball hits the jackpot in its 55th year

‘Casino night’ was this year’s theme of Meridian International Center’s biggest event of the year, which brings together diplomats, members of Congress and the administration, people from the public and private sectors and more, benefitting the Center’s mission for global leadership exchange, training programs and cultural activities. 

Museum of Asian Art features Egyptian collection for centennial

Tucked in a corridor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, a small and exquisitely arranged display of ancient Egyptian art offers intriguing insights into early 20th century collecting — and the story behind one of the most underrated but spectacular museums on the Mall.

Op-ed: Diplomacy is not what failed in Ukraine

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.

Women envoys turn to D.C. ‘power group’ for contacts, sisterly advice

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.

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.