Positive Momentum Builds to Restore Relations with Cuba

March 07, 2016 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Alan Fleming

U.S. academic travel to Cuba was decimated by severe executive branch directives in 2004. Consequently, most study abroad programs conducted by American institutions in Cuba shuttered, effectively abandoning one of the only avenues of understanding and collaboration that existed between our two countries.

The resulting 92% plummet in U.S. students studying in Cuba proved nearly fatal for Cuban exchange programs. The few programs that managed to remain open following the restrictions limped forward until January 2011, when NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the academic exchange community, and the larger coalition won a historic advocacy victory with the Obama Administration’s executive action to restore academic travel.

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NAFSA at Summit of the Americas in Panama

April 14, 2015 | Topics: Foreign Policy

By Marlene M. Johnson

Obama and Castro make history; the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund gains momentum

I was invited to represent NAFSA at last week's CEO Summit of the Americas in Panama, which brought together corporate leaders... See More

Remembering Congressman Donald M. Payne

March 07, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Foreign Policy

By Victor C Johnson

Congressman Don Payne, who represented Newark, New Jersey, in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years, died March 6 of colon cancer. His death represents the passing of yet another member of a unique generation of members of Congress who respected the institution and sought election to it because they took policy seriously and saw it as a means of doing good for people both in America and... See More

With State of the Union Address, President Takes Key Step Toward a National Conversation on Immigration Reform

By Victor C. Johnson

In November, NAFSA released a statement calling on President Obama to lead a national conversation on immigration reform. The president took an important step in that direction in last night’s State of the Union address.

The President has spent most of his first term responding to the immigration opponents’ position that they will not talk about immigration reform until enforcement is beefed up and the border is secured. He has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants and devoted unprecedented resources to our southwest border. Last night, the President cashed in that investment.

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A Night with Greg Mortenson: How U.S. Higher Education Can Help Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

November 09, 2010 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Katie O'Connell

Last night at the National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, DC, I had the privilege of listening to Greg Mortenson speak passionately about his life’s work of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. You may know him as the author of the bestsellers Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at A Time and Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is also co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace.... See More

U.S. Educational Exchange Programs Continue to Produce World Leaders

By Kyle D’Souza

In remarks delivered at her swearing-in ceremony earlier this month, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock highlighted the positive impact that educational exchanges can have on participants and on U.S. foreign policy. Noting that “in the last six weeks alone, six of our program alumni have become heads of state or heads of government,” Stock went on to say that “through our ongoing contacts with these ‘alumni,’ we foster relationships with new generations and fuel an engine for change that is perhaps unprecedented in American diplomacy.” Next month, a seventh alumnus will become president of Colombia. These seven alumni and the programs they participated in include:... See More

House Ag Committee to Vote on Cuba Travel Bill Today

June 30, 2010 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Janice Mulholland

UPDATE: We congratulate Chairman Collin Peterson and the House Agricultural Committee for passing legislation to open travel to Cuba.

At 4:42pm on June 30, 2010, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, to restore the right of all Americans to travel to Cuba and expand agricultural exports to Cuba. The legislation will now go the House floor for a vote. That vote could happen later this summer.

Stay tuned for further opportunities to support this bill as it makes its way through Congress.

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Solving Income Gap is Missing Link to Immigration Reform

By Dr. Robert A. Pastor

In a May 1 op-ed in the Washington Post, Bruce Morrison and Paul Donnelly make a compelling case for the need for a better system than E-verify to ensure that only legal workers secure jobs in the United States. Morrison, a former member of Congress from Connecticut who chaired the House Subcommittee on Immigration from 1989 to 1991 and served on the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, and Donnelly, who served as communications director for the commission, are indeed no strangers to the complexities of the issue.... See More