March 2011

Stemming from a British government decision to triple university fees, many students in the United Kingdom are being advised to look abroad for their undergraduate studies, the New York Times reports:

The House of Representatives approved this evening a stopgap measure that would fund the federal government through March 18 (the current continuing resolution, or CR, expires this Friday). This two-week CR cuts $4.01 billion in spending by targeting programs President Obama had already slated for elimination.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning, arguing in support of a robust International Affairs Budget and saying that the cuts to the Department of State budget included in the House’s recently passed bill, H.R. 1, would be “devastating to our national security”:

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday, Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) noted, during a Q&A conversation with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, that he believes citizen diplomacy and international exchange programs are “critical” aspects of U.S. public diplomacy. Sec. Clinton stated her agreement, saying that she would “double or triple” student exchange programs if she could, and that she is a “big believer in people-to-people diplomacy”:

A potential government shutdown was avoided, at least for now, when the Senate passed yesterday a two-week extension to the FY 2011 continuing resolution (CR), funding the government at FY 2010 levels until March 18. President Obama quickly signed the bill into law. This two-week CR cuts $4.01 billion in spending by targeting programs President Obama had already slated for elimination.

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The Senate will vote next week on competing Democratic and Republican spending plans to fund the remainder of FY 2011, Roll Call and CQ.com report.

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With the 112th Congress embroiled in a bitter budget battle, the outcome of which could have a significant impact on international exchange programs, Alliance members came out in record numbers last week for our 11th annual Advocacy Day—96 participants from 26 Alliance member organizations, representing 30 states and the District of Columbia (all new Advocacy Day highs), participated in this yearly trip to Capitol Hill.

On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) today announced the launch of a yearlong series of events that will bring 100 women leaders from 92 different countries to the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – As a part of its 2011 Advocacy Day activities last week, the Alliance was pleased to announce the launch of its Raise Your Voice for International Exchange campaign.