November 2010

On her first visit to Cambodia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today stressed the need for expanding exchanges with that country, for instance by enticing more Cambodians to gain study and work experience in the U.S., as well as by increasing opportunities for young people in Cambodia to study English.

As Clinton said:

Following up on last week’s release of a final high school exchange program rule, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) circulated an in-depth analysis of the rule, as well as the Department of State’s presentation on the rule delivered at the CSIET annual conference in Nashville.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah spoke at the U.S.-India People to People Conference last Thursday, which was hosted by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the Indian American Leadership Council (IALC) and the American India Foundation (AIF).

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This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Akira Suzuki, yesterday urged young Japanese to study abroad and improve their foreign language proficiency, the Japan Times reports. According to the Times, Suzuki’s call to gain international experience comes at a time where a growing number of Japanese youth seem to be more hesitant to spend part of their studies abroad.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emphasized Tuesday her belief in the importance of exchanges in a “townterview” at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Said Secretary Clinton:

“I am looking for more chances to set up exchanges between American women and Malaysian women.”

Though there was a “relative lack of attention” to foreign policy during this year’s campaign, Tuesday’s elections will still certainly have an impact on U.S. international engagement, notably with regard to the FY 2012 budget, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) says in its excellent analysis of the election outcomes.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 10/29/10.

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While the results of this week’s elections may limit President Obama’s ability to move his domestic agenda, foreign policy “remains his domain,” several news sources, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, have argued. As the Times notes:

Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy confirms that Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) will indeed seek to become chair of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Assuming Granger does succeed current chair Nita Lowey (D-NY), Rogin says:

A quick round-up of the Alliance's 2010 midterm election coverage this week:

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