Alliance Commentary

Analysis of the latest news around Washington, D.C. and the exchange community from Alliance staff.

2022 Midterm Election Analysis

By: Andrea Bodine After weeks of counting, the majority of races in the 2022 midterms have been decided, allowing for a clearer picture of what the 118th Congress will look like come January. What follows are our thoughts on the election results and their implications...

2022 Stevens Initiative Report: A Survey of Virtual Exchange

By: Caroline Fox As part of International Education Week, the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute released a comprehensive report on their survey of the virtual exchange field. More than 150 respondents participated in this year’s survey, representing findings...

2022 Open Doors Report: What’s Next for International Education?

By: Andrea Bodine, Gabrielle Cascio, and Caroline Fox Every year at the beginning of International Education Week, the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange is released by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and...

What the Biden National Security Strategy Means for Exchanges

By Mark Overmann  Speaking at the Alliance Annual Conference in October, Scott Weinhold, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), gave us a strong clue as to where ECA’s focus will be in the...

Au Pairs are Essential During Pandemic and Beyond

As published in Medium on September 14, 2020. Families are managing challenges with their children going back to school in a world that certainly looks different than it did last September. Many school districts have returned to classes virtually and parents continue...

We Can’t Afford to Weaken J-1 Cultural Exchange Programs

As published in Medium on August 5, 2020. As Congress debates another round of coronavirus relief legislation, American businesses and families continue to struggle while the coronavirus pandemic maintains its tireless chokehold on the economy. The Administration has...

Opinion/Commentary: International connections, lasting local impact

As published in the Daily Progress on September 15, 2019. At age 7, I attended summer camp for the first time. I don’t remember much else, but I vividly remember the camp counselors. They seemed impressively mature and exceedingly cool. To add to their impact, my...