The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:05

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 10/3/14.

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Kaitlyn Chriswell
Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:25

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is an important opportunity “to help bring about a more prosperous future for both the United State and our ASEAN partners,” according to Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry outlined the role of YSEALI in a speech on the importance of business and economic relations between the U.S. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Tue, 10/07/2014 - 08:19

(Update: 10/8/14 at 3:45pm)

As the Alliance previously reported, the Russian government has cancelled its participation in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) high school exchange program for the upcoming 2015-16 term. A round-up of various media coverage of this event is below:

October 7

Mark Overmann
Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:16

(Update 10/8/14: An additional significant change not included in our original analysis has been added below [see bullet #7, and further comment on that bullet in the section titled “Significant changes to sponsor representations and disclosures: section 62.9(d)(3)”].)

Mark Overmann
Mon, 10/06/2014 - 08:11

Revisions to Subpart A, the general provisions of the regulations governing the Department of State Exchange Visitor Program, were released in today’s Federal Register. The rule is interim final and goes into effect January 5, 2015 (except revised insurance amounts, which become applicable on May 15, 2015). The Department is accepting comments on the rule for 60 days, until December 5, 2014.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:43

Leaders in the field of U.S.- China relations emphasized the continued importance of investing in public diplomacy efforts, particularly student exchange programs, at the launch of the 100,000 Strong Report on Tuesday. Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of the Asia Society, underlined the strategic value of exchanges:

“These initiatives are not just about feeling good and getting to know each other, but can do big things.”

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:30

► The Russian government has decided to cancel its participation in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) high school program for 2015-16.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:03

There is a growing focus on international student retention rates in the U.S., due to the increasing number of international students studying at American universities, according to World Education Services (WES). Additionally, several countries with large numbers of incoming international students, including Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S., are engaging in efforts to better support their international student communities:

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:32

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 9/26/14.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:41

The Fulbright Program remains vital to the U.S.’ educational, scientific, economic, and political partnerships, according to Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Sonenshine recently wrote a blog post in the Huffington Post underlining the positive impacts of the program on public diplomacy: