The inaugural of Myron Belkind as the 107th President of the National Press Club (NPC), held on January 25, 2014, was a diplomatic event par excellence. Club photographer Noel St. John captured the occasion in a series of stunning photographs. Twenty-five of the diplomats who attended the event, which was given an international theme to reflect Belkind’s global career assignments, were ambassadors from various countries. Roger Isaacs of the South African Embassy sung beautiful renditions of the national anthems of both the United States and South Africa.
“Carpe Diem”—seize the moment, seize the day! It was not the set of the “Dead Poets Society”, but rather on one of the back seats of Air Force One that two warriors had this aphorism on their mind for U.S. national interests and for world peace. They discussed normalization of diplomatic relations with Vietnam. Both had served in Vietnam; one had been a resident of the famous “Hanoi Hilton” for five and a half years and the other was a swift boat captain in the troubled waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. As U.S. senators, John McCain and John Kerry both ran unsuccessfully sought to become president. They were, however, successful in their goal of helping normalize U.S. relations with Vietnam. On February 11, 2014, both leaders spoke at the 20th anniversary of the normalization of trade relations between Vietnam and the U.S.
A path northward from Geneva will take you to Interlaken, Switzerland and then to the Jungfrau Mountain summit in the Bernese Alps. From the commanding heights, one can enjoy the magnificent views of the Bernese Oberland and the Swiss Alps. Along the way, one passes the Schilltorn summit—the site where the James Bond 007 movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed. Interlaken area has served as a favorite location for Indian movies also. “Bollywood” has cast such a spell on tourism that the restaurant—representing the Indian movie industry—at the snowy peak of the Jungfrau is packed.
On grounds once walked by George Washington, Diplomatic Courier sat down with Muscarelle Museum of Art Director Aaron H. De Groft, Ph.D. to discuss his career and the work of the Muscarelle, as well as the forthcoming “21st Century Diplomacy: Ballet, Ballots, and Bullets” photography exhibit, due to open to the public on May 30, 2014.
In early 2012, the Intelligent Life magazine declared that "the best month is December,” providing lucid arguments. December 2013 also seems to be the time when diplomatic life is distinguished by camaraderie, cerebral discussions, and musical joys, and so it must be the best month.
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.
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