The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Thu, 04/01/2004 - 16:47

Noting the need to "reach beyond the traditional", "think outside the box", and "be more creative", Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Margaret Tutwiler opened the first public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy in Washington yesterday.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 04/01/2004 - 11:09

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) today advised USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios that, "We face severe fiscal constraints in the coming year…The fact is, we are likely to receive a budget allocation for the subcommittee that is significantly below the President's request."

Mark Overmann
Thu, 03/18/2004 - 09:38

Meeting Date: March 18, 2004
Place: American Councils for International Education
Task Force chair: Elizabeth Chazottes, AIPT

Mark Overmann
Wed, 03/10/2004 - 14:59

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) today told Secretary of State Colin Powell that Congress faces a very tough budget outlook this year and that the International Affairs budget was going to have to directly compete with domestic spending programs. Kolbe told Powell, "We may not be in a position to fully meet your needs."

Mark Overmann
Wed, 03/10/2004 - 10:19

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) today told Secretary of State Colin Powell that Congress faces a very tough budget outlook this year and that the International Affairs budget was going to have to directly compete with domestic spending programs. Kolbe told Powell, "We may not be in a position to fully meet your needs."

Mark Overmann
Fri, 03/05/2004 - 16:21

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday approved legislation authorizing $375.346 million for educational and cultural exchange programs in the Department of State for Fiscal Year 2005. The bill passed by a vote of 19 to 0. It would authorize $150 million of that total for Fulbright exchanges in FY 2005, of which $5 million is designated for the Vietnam Fulbright Academic Exchange.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 03/03/2004 - 12:50

At a recent hearing examining U.S. public diplomacy efforts to stem the tide of anti-Americanism in the Islamic world, Senators called for more resources for public diplomacy and exchange programs.

"Money alone will not solve our public diplomacy problems. But I respectfully suggest that we need to invest a lot more in public diplomacy," said ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrat Joe Biden (D-DE) at the February 26 hearing. "We have proven programs in educational and citizen exchanges, cultural diplomacy, and international broadcasting - all of which are underfunded. We only hurt ourselves, and the national interest, by such parsimony."

Mark Overmann
Tue, 03/02/2004 - 11:36

Tuesday, March 2, 2004
2:00 p.m.
Host: American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 7 th Floor

On March 2, the State Department Task Force, chaired by Sandra Lauffer (AED), met to discuss the State Department budget and appropriations cycle for FY 2005.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 02/26/2004 - 16:29

Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) today labeled American foreign aid spending as "a national disgrace". Payne added that while he strongly supports the Bush Administration's Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and HIV/AIDS initiatives, he is deeply concerned that funding for these new initiatives will increasingly come at the expense of core development programs.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 02/25/2004 - 15:40

The House Science Committee today called on the Departments of State and Homeland Security to streamline visa processing.

Noting the need for balance between enhancing homeland security and ensuring that the U.S. science continues to thrive, Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) said, "A visa regime that casts too wide a net - that holds up just about everybody for excessive security checks - that regime is not good for security or for science. It's not good for security because if distracts and overwhelms the system, taking resources away from investigations of individuals more likely to present a real threat to our nation. And it's obviously not good for science, given that U.S. success in science has always depended on attracting the best minds from around the world."