The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Mon, 02/07/2005 - 09:54

President bush’s FY 2006 budget released this morning, requests $430.4 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State, an increase of $74.46 million over the $355.9 million level enacted in FY 2005. While Congress appropriated $360.75 million for FY 2005, an across the board recession applied to programs in the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations legislation resulted in a funding level of $355.9 million for exchanges. The amount requested by President bush for FY 2006 is $85 million above last year’s budget request of $345.346 million. The President’s overall budget for FY 2006 cuts discretionary spending other than defense and homeland security by nearly one per cent, eliminating or severely cutting back on as many as 150 domestic programs.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 01/26/2005 - 13:40

Following two days of debate, the U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be Secretary of State. The Senate voted 85-13 to approve the nomination.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 01/18/2005 - 13:38

In prepared testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee this morning, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice pledged to increase exchanges and to make public diplomacy a ‘top priority’ for herself and for the Department of State. She also stated that the United States ‘must remain open to visitors and workers and students from around the world’.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 01/18/2005 - 11:18

As her confirmation hearing continued through the afternoon, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice said that she will give ‘an early push’ to reinvigorating public diplomacy, and asserted that ‘we need to reverse the trend’ of declining foreign student enrollments.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 12/09/2004 - 16:25

Acting on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, the intelligence legislation approved by Congress this week calls on the U.S. to “significantly increase its investment” in people-to-people programs, including youth exchange programs, young ambassadors programs, international visitor programs, academic and cultural exchange programs, American Corner programs, library programs, journalist exchange programs, sister city programs, and other programs related to people-to-people diplomacy. The legislation also calls on the Secretary of State to make public diplomacy “an integral component in the planning and execution of U.S. foreign policy” and to develop a comprehensive and coherent strategy for public diplomacy with long-term measurable objectives. It also codifies the interview process for nonimmigrant visas.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 12/09/2004 - 14:32

Acting on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, the intelligence legislation approved by Congress this week calls on the U.S. to “significantly increase its investment” in people-to-people programs, including youth exchange programs, young ambassadors programs, international visitor programs, academic and cultural exchange programs, American Corner programs, library programs, journalist exchange programs, sister city programs, and other programs related to people-to-people diplomacy. The legislation also calls on the Secretary of State to make public diplomacy “an integral component in the planning and execution of U.S. foreign policy” and to develop a comprehensive and coherent strategy for public diplomacy with long-term measurable objectives. It also codifies the interview process for nonimmigrant visas.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 12/09/2004 - 12:46

Acting on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, the intelligence legislation approved by Congress this week calls on the U.S. to “significantly increase its investment” in people-to-people programs, including youth exchange programs, young ambassadors programs, international visitor programs, academic and cultural exchange programs, American Corner programs, library programs, journalist exchange programs, sister city programs, and other programs related to people-to-people diplomacy. The legislation also calls on the Secretary of State to make public diplomacy “an integral component in the planning and execution of U.S. foreign policy” and to develop a comprehensive and coherent strategy for public diplomacy with long-term measurable objectives. It also codifies the interview process for nonimmigrant visas.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 12/09/2004 - 10:54

President Bush yesterday signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 to fund the Department of State exchanges funding and the Agency for International Development’s foreign operations program in FY 2005. The legislation includes $360.750 million for the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ exchange programs, an increase of $44 million over FY 2004. It also provides $19.8 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs, an increase of $2.3 billion.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 12/09/2004 - 09:12

President Bush yesterday signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 to fund the Department of State exchanges funding and the Agency for International Development’s foreign operations program in FY 2005. The legislation includes $360.750 million for the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ exchange programs, an increase of $44 million over FY 2004. It also provides $19.8 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s programs, an increase of $2.3 billion.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 11/30/2004 - 09:09

Earlier this month as Congress wrapped up its business for the year, Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced the Asia Freedom Support Act to promote freedom, economic growth, and security in Asia. McConnell serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee and currently chairs its Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. Lugar chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.