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Exchange programs administered under the U.S. Department of State are being pushed to give special consideration to applicants from regions and populations susceptible to foreign manipulation, as stated in an amendment to the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (S.2943).

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The international education community is being called to promote the values of openness and inclusion as a way to combat the “unwelcoming political rhetoric” surrounding the U.S. presidential election, according to the PIE News.

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Achievements and further expansions in exchange programs between citizens of the United States and the People’s Republic of China were discussed by top diplomats at the China-U.S. Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) last week in Beijing.

Throughout the seventh annual high-level meetings, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, top government officials met with participants of past exchange programs and expressed strong support for the continuation of these initiatives.

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Ahead of the G-7 Summit taking place this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that over the next five years Japan will accept 150 Syrians as exchange students, rather than refugees, allowing them to attend Japanese universities.

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Due to the political hostility between Russia and the United States, a number of prominent educational exchange programs have been closing and the prospects for new exchange opportunities are declining, Russia Direct wrote recently.

The importance and value of virtual exchanges took center stage in remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and former Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Michael Nutter at a recent symposium on global digital education. The symposium, convened by Global Cities, Inc., brought together educators from 25 U.S.

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants are contributing to U.S. counter-terrorism efforts through the State Department’s P2P: Challenging Extremism initiative, according to a recent article in Vice News.

A consortium of U.S. colleges and universities are providing an alternative to violent extremism by creating opportunities for Syrian university students to finish their studies in the U.S., according to a recent article in the Chicago Monitor.

Join the Alliance, Global Ties U.S., and our collaborating partners at our January 27 Exchanges Matter event – a high-level discussion of the critical role international exchange programs play in advancing peace and security.

Sessions will examine issues including the impact exchanges have across the U.S., how to harness the private sector to advance America’s public engagement objectives, and the role exchanges play in building mutual understanding and advancing U.S. foreign policy priorities.

Declining investment in exchange programs with former Soviet countries and Russian language instruction has contributed to a “shortage of Russia experts” in the U.S., according to a recent article in the Washington Post.

The article notes growing concerns that the U.S. lacks the ability to adequately assess and understand Russian foreign policy:

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