Category: Erik Goldstein

Cameron treats Xi to beer, fish and chips in English pub

AsiaOne Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences, Pardee School of Global Studies President Xi Jinping was served with Britain’s famous fish and chips in a traditional English pub with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, as their meeting took an informal turn that observers say let them build their relationship out of the […]

Seahawk Wilson, Intel’s Krzanich Among Abe State Dinner Guests

Bloomberg Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Star Trek actor George Takei and Intel Corp. Chief Executive Brian Krzanich are among guests from business, entertainment, sports and government invited to join Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a White House state dinner on Tuesday… Expert quote: “Guests are selected […]

Experts Media Alert – UK General Elections

The United Kingdom will hold general elections in May. Although a recent poll shows an increase in Prime Minister David Cameron’s approval rating, it does not appear to be the case for the rest of his Conservative Party. Opposition Labour Leader Ed Miliband has also seen an uptick in his approval ratings, but again, his rise […]

President Obama went to 3 state dinners in Asia. Here’s how they work

Washington Post “The Fix” Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences State dinners are the glitizest of official functions, where everyone wants an invite, wardrobes and the guest list are scrutinized, toasts are made and bands play everything from the Star-Spangled Banner to the theme from “Beverly Hills Cop” (more on that later)… View full […]

How much do state dinners cost, and are they worth the expense?

Washington Post Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences Well, the first thing to know is that the dinner isn’t really for them. It’s mainly for you… Expert quote: “It’s a useful way to signal a close relationship, reinforce it, [or] mark a new phase in the relationship. It is theater. A state visit is diplomatic […]

State dinner for France’s Hollande may get awkward after his breakup

Los Angeles Times Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences President Obama’s first state dinner was memorable for who showed up uninvited. His sixth, a high-glitz affair for the president of France scheduled for Tuesday, may be remembered for who was initially invited but did not attend… Expert quote: “For President Hollande, it comes at a […]

5 Things to know about Tuesday’s state dinner

Associated Press Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande to the White House on Tuesday for an awkwardly timed state dinner, coming on the heels of Hollande’s recent and very public split from Valerie Trierweiler, his longtime partner and de facto first lady. Here are five things […]

Hollande’s US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

Sydney Morning Herald Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the relationship between America and its oldest ally, France, whose troops turned […]

French President Hollande likely to attend U.S. state dinner without a date

The Globe and Mail Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences French President François Hollande’s suddenly public romantic entanglements have forced some re-arranging of chairs at next week’s glittering White House state dinner. It seems Mr. Hollande won’t be bringing either the jilted French first lady or his actress-mistress to the White House… Expert quote: “They […]