Thursday, March 23, 2017

Impact of International Affairs Budget on the 50 U.S. States Includes Study Abroad, International Student Economic Impact and Peace Corps Data

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) has a great website with a list of the 50 U.S. states and by clicking on a state you can see what USGLC activities are taking place, find out the impact of the International Affairs Budget on a community and to learn how you can get involved. Both IIE Open Doors mentioning number of students studying abroad and economic impact of international students as well as Peace Corps data cited!

USGLC website available at

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from APAIE 2017 Conference March 20-23 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan #APAIE2017

APAIE stands for the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education

The U.S. Bans Certain Electronic Devices Including Laptops, Tablets, Video Game Consoles and Cameras on Foreign Airlines from Eight Predominately Muslim Countries

How will this new policy impact students, scholars and faculty who are currently abroad for academic purposes who no doubt have such electronic devices with them and are scheduled to return to the U.S. on foreign carriers departing from the eight countries?

While this ban permits all banned electronic devices to be packed and transported in checked luggage on foreign flagged flights to the U.S. from these eight countries most people will not do so due to the risk of theft or damage.  A friend of mine who travels the globe extensively for work [non-international educator] just landed in Nairobi (with RT stopovers in Dubai) and just posted to Facebook wondering what to do with his laptop and iPad as he will return to the U.S. (O'Hare) on Emirates Airlines via Dubai.  His initial thought is to donate his laptop somewhere in Kenya...

Via the BBC, the nine airlines impacted are:  Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

Map and list of affected airports is via the BBC at

What are your thoughts?

Additional articles related to this new ban:

U.S. Restricts Electronic Devices On Flights From 8 Muslim Countries [NPR]

U.S. Limits Devices for Passengers on Foreign Airlines From Eight Countries [New York Times]

Airline electronics ban: What you need to know [CNN Money]

Electronics ban on flights to US is indefinite, applies to 8 Muslim-majority nations [Fox News]

Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights from Middle East [The Guardian]

US bans laptops, iPads in carry-on bags from airports in 8 Islamic countries due to bomb fears [CNBC]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the Diversity Abroad Conference, March 19-22, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN #DAC17

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"America First-A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again" and Proposed Cuts to the State Department

Proposed budget cuts to State Department and USAID are outlined on pages 33-34

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is my Senator and he is an Ardent Supporter of International Educational and Cultural Exchanges

The list of citations demonstrating Senator Dick Durbin's support for international educational and cultural exchanges are too numerous to mention here in this brief IHEC Blog post but they date back to before his service on the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program!

Examples of his support follow in the partial screen shots of two of his recent press releases:

Full 3-9-17 Press Release available at 

Full 3-14-17 Press Release available at 

Will We See the Elimination of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State?

According to Carol Morello of the Washington Post it appears that an early draft of President Trump's budget proposed the elimination of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. Even if ECA is not eliminated they should expect significant budget cuts!
You can read screen shots of the paragraphs in the article pertaining to ECA below and the full article at

You can read "America First-A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again" by White House OMB, 03-16-2017 at

Alliance for International Exchange press release, 3-16-17

"Alliance Opposes Unprecedented Proposed Cuts to State Department" available at