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From Latvian Obscurity to DC Recognition: An Artist’s Journey

After a lifetime of unrecognized potential and a quiet death eight years ago, the works of Latvian artist Visvaldis Ziediņš recently gained international attention. Ziediņš' private art collection premiered in the United States on Friday, June 12 at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The exhibit, “Travels in the Imagination,” marks the first time Ziediņš art has been showcased in the United States.

Dessert, Dancing, and Diplomacy: The 2015 Washington National Opera Ball

Saturday, June 6, proved a musical, tasteful, and culturally astounding evening at the Washington Residence of the German Ambassador to the United States, where the Washington National Opera welcomed guests to its annual Opera Ball. Supporters of the Opera, including three Supreme Court justices, U.S. senators, and an array of ambassadors, filled the residence. The ball featured an immaculately decorated arena, delicious food, and jovial entertainment. Amidst the stunning evening, diplomatic ties were strengthened as globally and professionally diverse guests shared their love of the arts.

Expo Milano 2015: Food Production, Culture, and Diplomacy

Expo Milano 2015, Milan’s newly opened World’s Fair, promotes global food security by targeting culinary and agricultural innovations. Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Claudio Bisogniero; Milan Expo Coordinator, Beatrice Camp; and culinary innovator, Jose Andres engaged in a panel discussion at Ambassador Bisogniero’s Washington, DC residence on Wednesday, May 27. With the support of Meridian International, the trio discussed Expo Milano and its focus on women in food, sustainable agriculture, and culinary diplomacy. Expo Milano will undoubtedly draw attention to the emerging challenge of supplying a necessary 70% increase in food production by 2050 as the population surges from 7.2 billion today to 9.6 billion in 35 years.

Celebrating Peace through Music

The lyrics of “the White Cliffs of Dover” bring back memories and tears to many even seven decades later when this tune was on the lips of the generation that experienced World War II. As Jerome Barry—founder of the Embassy Series—was singing “just wait and see, when the world is free” at the Russian Embassy commemorating the 70th anniversary of crossing the Elbe, you could feel heartbeats of the audience.

The Ambassadors’ Forum: Interview with Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States

The Ambassadors’ Forum is a joint initiative of Diplomatic Courier magazine, Meridian International Center, and the Council of American Ambassadors. The Series captures the views of Ambassadors from around the world on the critical role of diplomacy in addressing current global challenges. In this issue, Meridian’s President Ambassador Stuart Holliday interviews Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States on the occasion of the opening of Expo Milano 2015 this May.

The Strength of Cooperation: How 1945 Influenced the Mission of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History

At American University in Washington, DC, students, emissaries, and a captivated audience gathered on April 11. Celebrating the recent establishment of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History (CIRCH), a symposium and reception were held to examine the history of U.S. – Russia relations. Titled The Strength of Cooperation: Lessons From the Grand Alliance 1941-1945, through intimate anecdotes and stories from World War II, as well as observations of current situations, the gathering provided a doorway to the past and hope for the future. With the opening of the Institute, both the United States and Russia aim to promote continued exchanges of students and culture between the two nations.

Food and Diplomacy

Where better to start pondering the global politics of food than in China, some 2500 years ago? The adviser to Duke Wen of Wei noted that the vagaries of farming caused paradoxical problems:

A Diplomatic University

Northwest Washington is adorned by some beautiful institutions for higher learning. Among those are American University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University (GWU)—to name a few. Each institution provides opportunity to advance our appreciation for the arts, understand history, and obtain scientific knowledge.

Women on the Move March on MS

The stage was set as an eager crowd took their seats for the 11th annual Women on the Move luncheon. The April 15 event was hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to bring awareness and support for those suffering from MS, as well as research for the future. With a theme of Hope for All Seasons, the event featured speakers highlighting the need for dedication to finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. With over two million people suffering from MS around the world, it has become a disease with an undeniably global impact.

Tyre: The Volatile Future of an Ancient Wonder

Take a trip down the western border of Lebanon and you’ll find a blatant contradiction along the shores of the Mediterranean. Huddled within new high rises and developments lay the ruins of ancient Tyre, a Phoenician port city over four thousand years old. One of the cradles of civilization, Tyre boasts a myriad of contributions to the world, including long-distance navigation, the spread of the Phoenician (and later Greek) alphabets, and the royal hues of its rich purple dyes. With such an important site, preserving millennia of historical and cultural significance has become a cause drawing worldwide attention.

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