Exchanges in the media

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has made numerous calls in the past several weeks for the reinvigoration of U.S. public diplomacy, including international exchange programs:

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reported today on a session at last week's Forum on Education Abroad conference dealing with the economic depression's effect on study abroad--both the programmatic reaction of study abroad advisors and directors, as well as student response to the economic downturn in terms of study abroad participation.

 

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Rick Steves, the globetrotting author of more than 30 bestselling guidebooks and the host of several public access TV and radio travel shows, spoke at the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV) 2009 National Meeting last Wednesday, where he was presented with the NCIV Citizen Diplomat Award. Steves blogged about NCIV and his experience at the conference on his website, RickSteves.com. Check out the full blog post here.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived yesterday in Japan on the first stop of her Asian tour. The Washington Post reports that, on Tuesday morning, Secretary Clinton met with 200 U.S. Embassy employees and told them that the notion of peace and harmony was “a good concept for America’s role in the world. We need to be looking to create more balance, more harmony.”

See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/16/AR2009021600829.html?hpid=sec-politics for the full article.

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An op-ed by Col. David Tohn, an Iraq war veteran and National Security Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, appeared in yesterday’s Miami Herald. Col. Tohn argues for increased support and funding for soft power, telling the story of a potential jihadist turned Fulbright Scholar to support his case.

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A short piece on the importance of citizen diplomacy for improving international relations aired on American University Radio, WAMU 88.5, on Friday, February 6. Harriet Fulbright, president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, and Karen Hasara, board member for the U.S. Center on Citizen Diplomacy, are quoted.

 

Listen to the full report at http://www.wamu.org/news/09/02/06.php#25034.

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