The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

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."

Mark Overmann
Fri, 02/20/2004 - 13:22

The Alliance’s fourth annual Advocacy Day was held on February 12, 2004, in conjunction with the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), an Alliance member representing the chief international officers on campuses throughout the United States. The successful partnership between the Alliance and AIEA garnered 123 participants who visited more than 120 House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill, representing 28 states. AIEA’s membership generated 49 of the participants, with 74 coming from other Alliance member organizations. In all, 28 Alliance member organizations participated.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 02/10/2004 - 16:02

Under Secretary of State Margaret Tutwiler called again today for American public diplomacy to reach "broader, wider, and deeper" to improve foreign perceptions of the U.S., particularly in the Middle East.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 02/04/2004 - 13:40

Repeatedly citing polling data showing profound anti-American sentiment around the world, senior members of Congress today expressed disappointment at the Bush Administration's reaction to a major report on U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East, calling the response 'lackluster', 'tepid', and 'discouraging'.

Mark Overmann
Mon, 02/02/2004 - 15:19

In his FY 2005 budget, which tightens spending for most discretionary programs outside of homeland security and defense, President Bush called for a small increase in spending for educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State. The FY 2005 request of $345.346 million is equal to the amount requested last year, and $25.346 million above the amount appropriated by Congress in FY 2004.