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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale posted on the State Department’s DipNote blog on Monday, calling for “renewing America’s engagement with the people of the world”:

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International exchange programs drew brief focus yesterday at two Senate committee hearings focused on the FY 2010 international affairs budget. Speaking before both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed the same enthusiasm for educational and cultural exchanges that she has consistently shown since taking office. At the State and Foreign Operations subcommittee hearing, Clinton said:

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Speaking at the New York University commencement ceremony on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the 2009 graduating class to become citizen diplomats and to open themselves up to “this increasingly complex and interconnected world.” Clinton spent a significant portion of her speech emphasizing that “lay[ing] the groundwork…for global cooperation” begins with international exchange. Her remarks included such specific proposals as increasing funding for Gilman scholarships by more than 40 per cent, streamlining the visa process for international students, and creating Virtual Student Foreign Service Internships at the State Department “to harness the energy of a rising generation of citizen diplomats”:

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the Obama Administration’s full account-level budget today. The administration’s request for Department of State educational and cultural exchange programs in FY 2010 is $633 million. This request is an increase of $95 million, or 17.7 per cent, over the estimated budget authority for FY 2009 of $538 million.

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The Department of State circulated the following message and fact sheet on smart power and the Obama Administration's foreign policy goals this morning:

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tackled a broad range of issues this morning—from Cuba to Gaza to Pakistan to China, from climate change to rogue regimes to terrorism to disease—at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “New Beginnings: Foreign Policy Priorities in the Obama Administration.” The hearing marked Secretary Clinton’s first appearance before Congress as Secretary of State.

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Yesterday the Alliance noted a Washington Post article on the appointment of Alec Ross, a new senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose job will blend technology with diplomacy.

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The Washington Post reports today on Alec Ross, a new senior advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose job will blend technology with diplomacy:

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a greeting to those gathered for the ACE/Coalition for International Education events in honor of the Title VI and Fulbright-Hays 50th anniversary. ACE President Molly Corbet Broad read the greeting at the Global Symposium that took place in the Senate Dirksen Building yesterday.

Sec. Clinton's greeting is available for download on the Alliance website [pdf].

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On Friday, the Alliance reported Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to the AMIDEAST office in Ramallah, West Bank, where she called for the creation of more educational opportunities for Palestinian students:

"We will make opportunity grants available for Palestinian students interested in studying at American universities so that a larger pool of capable young men and women from places like the West Bank and Gaza can compete along with students in other countries for the opportunity to further their academic training in America."

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