The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Thu, 09/23/2004 - 09:49

The final date for the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program to report its findings to Congress and the President, will likely be extended under legislation approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 09/22/2004 - 12:20

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Foreign Operations spending legislation last week, providing an increase of $2 billion over current levels for programs ranging from development assistance to aid for the Middle East and HIV/AIDS funding. The Senate legislation would cut the proposed level of spending for the President’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, but the bill would fund the program at a higher level than last year. The bill would provide $19.5 billion overall for foreign assistance programs, $1 million below the House level of $19.4 billion, and $1.9 billion below the President’s request.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 09/22/2004 - 10:10

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Mark Overmann
Mon, 09/20/2004 - 11:03

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a wide-ranging bill last week that would significantly increase funding for exchange programs, and directs the Department of State to undertake major changes in visa processing, its administration of the Exchange Visitor Program, and its conduct of public diplomacy.

Mark Overmann
Mon, 09/20/2004 - 10:09

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a wide-ranging bill last week that would significantly increase funding for exchange programs, and directs the Department of State to undertake major changes in visa processing, its administration of the Exchange Visitor Program, and its conduct of public diplomacy.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 09/10/2004 - 12:51

Amidst calls for action on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) returned to Washington on Tuesday and introduced sweeping legislation to implement the Commission’s 41 proposals. Included in the legislation are several provisions to increase and expand public diplomacy and exchange programs.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 09/10/2004 - 11:03

At a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee on Thursday to examine the collaboration between the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) on the establishment and implementation of U.S. visa policy, Committee members cited concerns about visa delays.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 09/10/2004 - 09:19

Amidst calls for action on the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT) returned to Washington on Tuesday and introduced sweeping legislation to implement the Commission’s 41 proposals. Included in the legislation are several provisions to increase and expand public diplomacy and exchange programs.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 08/25/2004 - 14:20

Calling for a “new brand of American diplomacy”, Keith Reinhard, President of Business for Diplomatic Action, Inc. (BDA), told members of the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and International Relations Monday, that his not-for-profit organization believes “there is an urgent need for Congress to act now to dramatically overhaul the management of our public diplomacy efforts so that we as a nation can work not only to rebuild bridges of trust abroad, but also to help defuse the hatred that spawns terrorism.”

Mark Overmann
Fri, 08/20/2004 - 10:09

Appearing before the House International Relations Committee yesterday, Deputy Executive Director of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Christopher Kojm advised Committee members that the U.S. should develop a comprehensive strategy to counter terrorism. “We cannot succeed against terrorism by Islamist extremist groups unless we use all the elements of national power….If we favor one tool while neglecting others, we leave ourselves vulnerable and weaken our national effort.” Diplomacy, public diplomacy, and foreign aid were all cited as elements of national power by the Commission, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.