While reading Senior Writer Dave Kovaleski's first-hand account of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Honolulu, our cover story this month, I was struck by how the U.S. State Department's planning process for the November meeting was so similar to planning any association annual meeting. First and foremost, it was an international meeting, with delegations from 21 countries, meaning the hotels and local organizers needed to accommodate a wide variety of cuisines and, in some ...

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