Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
David H. Roe, Ph.D., HostPresident, Board of Directors, U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy
Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann President, American Academy of Diplomacy
Ambassador Uri Savir President, Peres Center for Peace, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ms. Harriet Mayor Fulbright President, J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center
Mr. Doug Wilson Board of Directors, The Howard Gilman Foundation
The Honorable Barbara Lawton Lieutenant Governor, State of Wisconsin and Chair, National Lieutenant Governors Association
Mr. Amr Badr Managing Director, Egypt and Middle East, Abercrombie and Kent, Cairo, Egypt
The Honorable James A. Leach (TBC) John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Mr. Aaron S. Williams Vice President, International Business Development, RTI International
Mr. Anicet G. Dologuele (TBC) President, Central African States Development Bank, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
Funding:Funding for this fellowship has generously come from private donations.
Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States
Call for Applications:
The United States believes that peace depends upon building strong foundations of knowledge that bridge nations, enlarge freedoms, and promote democracy. The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship was established in 2008 to enlist young Americans to work toward this end. The Fellowship provides supplemental funding for applicant designed proposals to conduct brief activities in a foreign country related to the mandate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.
On September 12, 2002, President George W. Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly and announced the intention of the United States to return to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), ending nearly a twenty-year absence from the organization, to further help build these foundations. In February 2003, First Lady Laura Bush was designated by UNESCO as an honorary ambassador, and seven months later Mrs. Bush led the ceremony raising the United States flag at the 32nd UNESCO General Conference, officially marking the return of the United States to UNESCO membership. It was in the spirit of this dedication to international issues and to furthering human dignity that the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship was created.
The Fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet have not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad. The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. Thus far, U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellows have traveled to and conducted meaningful work in: Honduras, Guatemala, India, Afghanistan, Dominican Republic, and Kyrgyzstan.
The Commission has opened the next call for the Spring/Summer 2009 round of applications for the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship for those traveling between May and August 2009. The deadline for applications will be March 1, 2009 (5:00pm EST). Eligibility and details about the application process are posted at: http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/c25426.htm
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Those of you who are interested in learning more about the NSLI might find the following report Enhancing Foreign Language Proficiency in the United States: Preliminary Results of the National Security Language Initiative (2008) by the U.S. Department of Education to be of interest.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
You can access the Newsweek article here.
Monday, January 26, 2009
The post-World War II higher education environment in the United States had changed considerably from the first half of the twentieth century. Upon the conclusion of World War II there was a fundamental shift in orientation of the foreign policy of the United States. The Presidents Committee on Higher Education (1947) reported that:
"the need for maintaining our democracy and peace with the rest of the world had compelled our initiative in the formation of the United Nations, and America’s role in this and in other agencies of international cooperation requires our citizen’s knowledge of other people, their political and economic systems, and their social and cultural institutions"
As the Committee’s purpose implied, the GI Bill (otherwise known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944) was a way to maintain our nation’s democracy while maintaining peace with the rest of the world. The United States and her citizens took on a new sense of responsibility in world affairs. During this time period, the United States worked to build bridges to connect her higher education system to the rest of the world. In 1945, as a direct response to the tragedy of World War II, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced legislation sponsoring exchange programs for students and faculty between the United States and foreign countries that was eventually signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on August 1, 1946. Further, the international educational exchange and foreign language components from additional legislation such as The U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (also known as The Smith-Mundt Act), amendments to The Mutual Security Act of 1951, and The National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1958 were consolidated into The Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (better known as The Fulbright-Hays Act). The Fulbright Act set in motion a new and renewed focus on international educational exchanges between the United States and the rest of the world.
Higher Education for Democracy: A Report of the President's Commission on Higher Education. (New York, 1947)
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
H.R. 416 To Authorize the Establishment of Educational Exchange and Development Programs for Member Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The Caribbean is one of the most underrepresented regions of the world for academic exchange and collaboration with the United States. It's good to see legislation focusing on increasing such activities between the Caribbean and the United States.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Barak Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States provided international visitors a similar opportunity. I watched the inauguration on television like most people around the globe. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be in Washington, D.C. to witness that event. Of the millions of people who were fortunate enough to find themselves in Washington, D.C. yesterday many were from abroad and I imagine that many felt the same way about the inaugural celebration as my German host brother felt about the celebration at Grant Park on November 4th. Insidehighered.com published an interesting story today entitled “The Foreign (Student) Perspective on America’s Historic Day” that I think many readers will find of interest. You can access this article here.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
While he has been President for less than five hours, Barack Obama and his administration have already transformed the White House website into well oiled machine (much like the website for his campaign). I was pleased to read the administrations positions on The Agenda and in particular his foreign policy. President Obama highlights the following six points in renewing American diplomacy:
- Renew our Alliances
- Talk to our Foes and Friends
- Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
- Expand our Diplomatic Presence
- Fight Global Poverty
- Seek New Partnerships in Asia
You can read more on President Obama’s ideas for renewing American diplomacy and his broader foreign policy agenda here.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Some of you might also enjoy watching their rehersal from the night before. You can watch that footage here.
Friday, January 16, 2009
While navigating the website I came across a very interesting (and telling) statement from the January 13, 2009 article on the News & Events page entitled Two Hundred Peace Corps Volunteers to March in Inaugural Parade. The sentence follows:
“Representatives of the Peace Corps Community have applied for each Inaugural Parade in recent history and last participated in 1997.”
A clear statement of the Bush Administration position on citizen diplomacy on his very first day in office.
The University of Washington (large college and university category) with 104 volunteers and George Washington University (medium college and university category) with 57 volunteers should also be congratulated on being the top Peace Corps Volunteer producers for their respective categories. You can download the 2009 Peace Corps statistics here.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Throughout the United States’ history of international education legislation and funding it is clear that soft power is an underlying objective of the federal government. The legislative language and the language used in the related literature during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s focused more on “mutual understanding between cultures” while the language used during the 1990’s up to today has had a much stronger tone and emphasizes the benefit to U.S. “national security.” An exception to this is the National Defense Education Act of 1958 which encouraged and supported international education exchanges but the focus was more on U.S. national security and competition with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
 Quote from Djavad Salehi-Isfhani’s discussion during the Brookings Institution November 10, 2008 proceedings on Arab Youth Between Hope and Disillusionment: Toward a New U.S. Strategy in the Middle East, p. 40.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
You may also want to read a related article from January 8th by Wayne Smith entitled "An Opportunity for Obama: An Opening to Cuba?" on the counterpunch.org website.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Nye who is a leading scholar in international relations theory is widely known for coining the term “Soft Power”. One of my first blog posts was on Joseph Nye’s article on the value of soft power and international education entitled “Squandering the U.S. ‘Soft Power’ Edge” from the January/February 2007 International Educator which you can access here.
An interesting case study on the use of these new public diplomacy/foreign affairs social networking and media tools is found with the Israeli New York Consulate Twitter Press Conference and subsequent updates on the current Israel-Gaza conflict.
You can read related information this new approach to diplomacy and foreign relations on the USC Center on public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School CPD Blog here: http://tinyurl.com/a5dotv
 The Israel Consulate has 4,548 followers on Twitter as of this posting.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
You can read my previous post on AIRC here.
Monday, January 5, 2009
You can access the database here: www.idp.com/researchdatabase
You can access the IDP press release here: http://tinyurl.com/5ukeuc
If you have information on new publications on international education please forward them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
You can access my listing and the other education related blogs on Alltop here: http://education.alltop.com/