Press Releases

Press releases by the Alliance. For media Inquiries, contact Laine Cavanaugh at lcavanaugh@alliance-exchange.org

Norm Peterson:  An Appreciation

We are saddened to report that Norm Peterson, the Alliance’s founding executive director, passed away recently. In 1993, the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange was born out of a merger between The Liaison Group, led by Norm, and the...

Alliance Statement on Lift of Travel Ban

The Alliance welcomes the news that, starting November 8, the United States will lift the travel ban imposed on 33 nations and admit fully vaccinated foreign air travelers. This is a critical step towards reinvigorating international exchange. The Alliance urges the...

Alliance Supports Joint Statement of Principles on International Education

Washington, DC: The Alliance for International Exchange’s Executive Director, Ilir Zherka, issued the following statement today regarding the Biden Administration’s announcement of a first-ever coordinated national approach on international education. The below may be...

Alliance sends letter to Sec. Blinken from 11 Associations

Washington, DC: The Alliance for International Exchange’s Executive Director, Ilir Zherka, issued the following statement today regarding a letter to Secretary Blinken from 11 associations. The letter urges the Department of State to consider changes regarding the...

Alliance sends letter to Sec. Blinken from over 500 Businesses

Washington, DC: The Alliance for International Exchange’s Executive Director, Ilir Zherka, issued the following statement today regarding an Alliance letter to Secretary Blinken from over 500 businesses. The letter urges the Department of State to take additional...

Alliance Applauds Administration Decision re P. 10052

Washington, DC: The Alliance for International Exchange’s Executive Director, Ilir Zherka, issued the following statement today regarding the Biden Administration allowing Presidential Proclamation 10052 to expire yesterday, March 31. P. 10052 was intended to suspend...

2020 Annual Conference

The Alliance held its 2020 Annual Conference virtually over the days of October 28-29. The Alliance welcomed 245 attendees, including Alliance members, supporters, and more than 50 U.S. government representatives (many from the U.S. Department of State). The...

Proposal to Replace Duration of Status

On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F students and their dependents, J exchange visitors and their dependents, and I media representatives in the Federal Register. The...

Alliance Annual Conference 2020

The Annual Conference is a platform for the international exchange community to engage in programmatic and policy discussions with representatives from key government agencies, including the U.S. Department of State. The Annual Conference is also an opportunity to network with partners and to develop the strategies necessary to address the challenges and opportunities facing our community.