Sweden’s Ambassador Urban Ahlin, Perfect for the Job

January 22, 2024

Ambassador Urban Ahlin presented his credentials to President Joe Biden in August 2023. I met with Ahlin in his spectacular Georgetown office at the House of Sweden that overlooks the […]

Ambassador Urban Ahlin Makes Cheerful Debut at House of Sweden

October 30, 2023

The Embassy of Sweden hosted a welcoming reception on Oct. 24 for its new Ambassador to the United States, Urban Ahlin, who presented his credentials to President Biden in August […]

Citizens’ Gala: ‘Timeless — Then and Now’

October 16, 2023

The theme of the fall cocktail party for the Citizens Association of Georgetown on Oct. 12 was “CAG: Timeless — Then and Now.” Held at the Residence of the Ambassador […]

Meridian Welcomes Newly Arrived Chiefs of Mission 

February 16, 2023

Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement hosted a “Welcome to Washington” reception for newly arrived diplomats at its headquarters on Feb. 15 in the historic Meridian House and White-Meyer House, both designed by John Russell […]

Families of Wrongfully Detained Celebrate 7 Newly Freed

October 17, 2022

It was another tear-jerker event Oct. 15 in a Georgetown alley off M Street, between 31st Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, at a temporary art exhibit of 18 somewhat fuzzy […]

Meridian to New Ambassadors: Visit Many U.S. States

September 29, 2022

Meridian Center for Diplomatic Engagement hosted a “Welcome to Washington” reception for newly arrived ambassadors at its headquarters in the historic Meridian House and White-Meyer House on Sept.14. The pleasant weather allowed guests […]

Embassy Social Secretaries, Cultural Attachés Fêted at Meridian House

July 28, 2022

On an unusually steamy July 20 evening, Meridian International Center hosted a reception honoring embassy social secretaries and cultural attachés. The quite elegant gathering had the pleasure of hearing remarks by […]

‘A Mighty Woman With a Torch’: Bastille Day at French Ambassador’s Residence

July 15, 2021

It could not be more fitting for the Embassy of France to unveil a beautiful miniature replica of the Statue of Liberty which will greet visitors as they enter the […]

Profs & Pints: Food and Diplomacy (An Ambassador’s Perspective)

January 16, 2019

Profs and Pints presents: “Food and Diplomacy: An Ambassador’s Perspective,” with Martin Dahinden, Swiss Ambassador to the United States, veteran diplomat, and author of Beyond Muesli and Fondue: The Swiss […]

Meridian Ball Feeling Spry at 50

October 24, 2018

The sold-out 50th Meridian Ball had the look and feel of timeless fun — with the historic Meridian and White-Meyer houses as its venue. The Oct. 12 pre- dinners and […]