The Alliance for International Exchange is deeply saddened by the violence in Ukraine today, and we are very concerned about the impact on the Ukrainian people and others in the region from the outbreak of war.
For many years, Alliance members have supported Americans on exchange programs in the region and have hosted visitors from there as well. Many program participants have developed strong ties across borders and even generations. Our hearts go out to these individuals as well as to our members who are from Ukraine and are being directly or indirectly impacted by these events. Today, we think about all of them and their families and hope that peace will return to Ukraine very soon.
The Alliance and its members stand committed to the goals of international exchange – to promote mutual understanding between peoples and democratic institutions worldwide. Pursuing those goals in Ukraine and elsewhere will be especially critical in the months and years to come.