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The President, First Lady, and Secretary of State this week highlighted a Presidential Summit to celebrate the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the program’s 500 Washington fellows.

Rick Stengel, former managing editor of Time magazine, was sworn-in as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs yesterday. Stengel had been nominated for the post by President Obama last fall and was confirmed by the Senate in mid-February.

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Testifying on the Obama Administration’s FY15 budget request before Congress this week, Secretary of State John Kerry underlined the immense return on investment the American people are getting for their comparatively small investment in U.S. foreign policy, and specifically mentioned the positive impact of international exchanges.

Said Kerry in his testimony:

At the launch of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Partnership last week, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the importance of, and the Obama Administration’s commitment to, connecting young people worldwide.

At the Closing Session of the 2013 U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong reaffirmed their countries’ deep belief in the power of exchanges and commitment to enhance and expand cultural and educational exchange opportunities between the two nations.

“I am a huge, huge fan of the Fulbright Program,” Secretary of State John Kerry proclaimed at a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Event in Malaysia today, where he lauded the program’s power to change lives and minds and cause a “remarkable transformation.”

Addressing personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the importance of people-to-people connections and the powerful role exchanges play in creating long-lasting bonds between the U.S. and countries around the world.

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In a video message recorded for the 4th annual EducationUSA Forum held in Washington, DC June 26-28, Secretary of State John Kerry emphasized the importance of exchanges and the long term positive repercussions they have for the U.S. and its relationships with countries around the world.

In his testimonies before two House and two Senate committees this week, Secretary of State John Kerry underlined the importance of U.S. engagement with the world, saying that “the United States cannot be strong at home if we are not strong in the world.”

“You never forget the friendships that you build, the cultural, political, philosophical, economic, social grounding that you get from [an exchange] and how it connects people and connects countries,” Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience of Fulbrighters at the Fulbright Foreign Student Enrichment Seminar last week.

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