The twelfth annual gala at the Embassy of Switzerland marked another year of Swiss-American diplomacy and the importance of Swiss culture. Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, Manuel Sager, welcomed esteemed guests to his residence in Woodley Park to enjoy an evening of Swiss culture and to celebrate the countries latest achievements in innovation. The evening was accompanied by Swiss music which was performed on two separate stages. Traditional Swiss cuisine, such as raclette and grilled sausages was served along with fine wine and spirits. Part of the evenings celebrations included the presenting of the Tell Award which is given to individuals who represent and support Swiss-American relations. This year the award was presented to Bertrand Piccard and Andrew Borschberg, founders and pilots of the first solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Capital Chapter kicked off the fall social season with the 35th Annual Ambassadors Ball on September 11, 2013 at the JW Marriot in Washington, DC and for the fifth year in a row Diplomatic Courier was proud to be the evening’s media partner.
A five diamond hotel in downtown Salt Lake City may seem like a strange place to a begin a fight against global poverty, but when it is a step in rallying a global movement around the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda of eradicating poverty, Utah is not a bad place to start.
The Meridian House, once a private residence and is now home to the offices of Meridian International Center, is a must-see on your list of historic buildings in D.C. The front doors welcome you with unimaginable heights, and eye-catching hardware capture your attention even before entry. The gardens are quaint yet grand. You only need to stand on the balcony to contemplate the spectacular view the original homeowners would have had straight down to the White House.
American University celebrated the third anniversary of the Initiative for Russian Culture at a gala held at the National Building Museum last week. It was an evening of Jazz Diplomacy, bringing together students, esteemed guests, and accomplished musicians to promote understanding through music and culture. The event was a collaborative effort between American University's Initiative for Russian Culture, the Open World Leadership Center, and The Brubeck Institute.
Imagine a time when Russia and the U.S. were friends. On Monday, October 7, 2013, the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation (ARCCF) held their 2013 Annual Gala, celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Russian Navy's goodwill visits to New York and San Francisco during the time of the American Civil War. This endeavor of goodwill is not in the history books most of us were brought up reading, yet it is an important reminder that the U.S. and Russia can be helpful to and respectful of one another. The relationship between the U.S. and Russia at that time was described by Albert A. Woldman in Lincoln and the Russians as, "two of the most mismated international bedfellows in all recorded history." Yet the two countries are bound by common interests such as music and other styles of art.
On a Tuesday evening in mid-July, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, DC opened its doors to celebrate 51 female leaders from the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project Institute at Bryn Mawr College, a program co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to advance the leadership capacities of women in post-conflict countries. Among the women in attendance were journalists, high court judges, social workers, mentors, civil society activists, and members of parliament who were accepted to the Institute as a result of their work to further facilitate the process of peace in their communities.
In Washington, the term “power couple” has become all too common. Identifying the movers and shakers often revolves around the obvious, and ignores the subtleties that people not intent on notoriety can have on society. From clearing space on their lawn for political helicopters to hosting one of the most significant interfaith Iftar dinners during Ramadan, Ray and Shaista Mahmood have made their quiet mark on Virginia, the United States, and across the world. But as we all know, it is the woman who runs the house and moves mountains. On the banks of the Potomac, the Diplomatic Courier sat down with Shaista Mahmood for an intimate conversation about just how a young immigrant from Pakistan grew into the influential woman she is today.
This year from September 19th to 29th, the DC Shorts Film Festival will screen over 150 international films in 6 theaters in and around Washington DC. This year’s 11 day event has a special focus on Russian filmmakers and has the largest collection of Russian shorts in the country. The festival will show shorts from 23 nations with genres including drama, comedy, documentary, animation, and more.
In the Thriller category, the number one must see is La Hija.
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