Back from a trip to Israel last week, Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer made a troubling observation while attending Holocaust memorial ceremonies in Atlanta: Attendance was down, and those who did turn out were generally older.
Women across male-dominated fields find it tough to rise through the ranks of their companies or to achieve parity in pay and influence with men. For Canadian Consul General Louise Blais, this universal challenge has turned out to be a hard-won advantage. The veteran diplomat has been posted in places like Japan, where she didn’t have the luxury of waiting for interlocutors Read more
Belgium as a nation is a microcosm of what the European project requires: accepting ambiguity and constantly working toward compromise, said the country’s consul general in Atlanta. Composed of the Dutch-speaking Flanders region, the French-speaking southern Wallonia region and a national government based in Brussels, the country has been dealing with the tradeoffs of federalism and linguistic diversity since Read more
Editor’s note: This event was part of Global Atlanta’s Consular Conversations, a series of monthly luncheons where we interview diplomats in the city about their objectives and what’s happening in their countries. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed often says that cities are where the global economy is most readily influenced and where its impacts are most easily felt. Read more
With the presidential elections nearing, India is optimistic about deepening relations with the United States regardless of who sits in the Oval Office next year, said India’s consul general in Atlanta, Nagesh Singh. “I’m confident that at the pace at which we are moving ahead, it will be the defining partnership of the 21st century that Read more
It helped fuel his ascent in the primaries, and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump has continued to pummel NAFTA, making the U.S. trade deal with Canada and Mexico one of the biggest punching bags of this presidential campaign season. Lately, he has piled on the negative superlatives, calling it “one of the worst deals ever made of any Read more
It’s generally accepted that the European Union is facing some of the toughest tests ever to its unity, as an influx of refugees, security concerns and deepening discontent with the political class have led to the rise of nationalist parties and contributed to the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the bloc. But for Read more
It was just a week before the United Kingdom’s historic vote to leave the EU, and Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford was required to keep mum on the “Brexit” topic. But the U.K. consul general in the South wove an elegant picture of some of the issues that formed the backdrop to the vote, such as trade and Read more