The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:36

► People to people exchange programs are "the most effective tools in actually building constructive views" between the Middle East and the United States, according to former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Richard LeBaron

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:59

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 3/6/15.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email kchriswell@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Layth Yousif
Wed, 03/11/2015 - 11:06

Despite being a “textbook example” of soft power and “the best money we spend overseas,” the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) has experienced consistent funding cuts over the past several years, Foreign Policy reports:

Layth Yousif
Tue, 03/10/2015 - 14:12

Shifting current attitudes in the Middle East away from fear and towards trust-building is best accomplished through people-to-people exchange programs, according to Richard LeBaron, a retired U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait. LeBaron suggests that in order to counter terrorism, we need only look at the decade long studies of the roots of radicalization coupled with serious consideration of exchanges as strategic tools rather than “a nice thing to do.” 

Layth Yousif
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:54

Earlier today, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered opening remarks to the inaugural Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women/U.S. State Department entrepreneurship program.  Through this initiative, 29 women from 15 Middle Eastern countries will take part in a 2-week seminar focused on entrepreneurial skills training. 

Layth Yousif
Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:42

The closure of a once commonly used visa track, for post-study international students to work in the U.K., has had negative impacts on British businesses and universities, The Pie News reports.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 17:02

► Local News Stories of the week:

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:31

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 2/27/15.

If you would like more information on any items on the list, please email kchriswell@alliance-exchange.org and provide the item number located above the announcement.  Requests are processed on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 16:46

► Funding cuts to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) are facing bipartisan criticism from members of Congress, as well as from the German government. Deutsche Welle reports that the cuts have sparked "a unique transatlantic coalition."

Kaitlyn Chriswell
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:50

Funding cuts to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX), a bilateral exchange program supported jointly by the U.S. and Germany, are facing bipartisan criticism from members of Congress, as well as from the German government. In addition to opposition from CBYX program alumni, the cuts have “spawned an unusual coalition in Washington that is working hard to reverse the partial defunding of the program,” Deutsche Welle reports.