Engaging the Cuban People: Beyond the Billboard

July 29, 2009 | Topics: Foreign Policy

By NAFSA

"Engagement" and "dialogue" have not always been words associated with U.S.-Cuba relations. But, if recent reports in the media are any indication, that may be changing. Today, NAFSA sent a letter to the Los Angeles Times in response to... See More

Congress Takes a Step Forward in Preparing Future Generations of America for the Global Age

By Marlene M. Johnson

The passage of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 2010-2011 (HR 2410) in the U.S. House of Representatives is an important investment in America’s diplomatic capabilities. As Matt observed, “this legislation is necessary and long overdue” and sets the stage for “global persistent engagement rather than persistent conflict.”

Doubling the size of the Peace Corps, enhancing the State Department’s educational and cultural exchange programs, providing scholarships for students from around the world to study in the U.S., and hiring and training more Foreign Service officers are all important elements to bolster the effectiveness of U.S. public diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security efforts. NAFSA strongly supports the enactment of another piece of this important legislation – The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.

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Now is Your Chance to Take Action for Study Abroad

By Janice Mulholland

Yesterday, the House Foreign Relations Authorization Act was passed favorably out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While the bill's primary purpose is to authorize funding for the operations of the U.S. Department of State, it also includes innovative programs critical to accomplishing U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy goals like the Simon Study Abroad legislation. The Simon bill aims to dramatically increase the number of American undergraduates who study abroad in quality programs across the globe, focusing particular attention on ensuring access to study abroad across the college demographic and encouraging study abroad in the developing world. Currently, only about one percent of U.S. undergraduates study abroad – this bill seeks to change that.... See More

Simon Act Included in House Foreign Relations Bill

May 14, 2009 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Janice Mulholland

The effort to expand study abroad opportunities for American college students took a big step forward today when the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act was included in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).... See More

President Obama in Turkey: "Exchanges can break down walls between us"

April 09, 2009 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad, Global Learning

By Ursula Oaks

During his recent visit to Turkey, President Obama spoke repeatedly about the need to reinvigorate efforts to build ties of peace and partnership among the countries of the world. At a town hall-style meeting with university students in Istanbul earlier this week, he made it clear that he believes one of the most effective tools for doing this is international education.... See More