Mission: to formulate and promote public policies that support the growth and well-being of international exchanges between the people of the United States and other nations • Alliance has 79 member organizations • Members administer all types of exchanges • Alliance is the only collective policy voice of the exchange community • Three key issues: money, J-1 regulations, visas
Obama • Changing the global context for • exchanges with the U.S. • Focus on multiple huge issues • (recession, budget, environment, • health care reform) • Missing persons at key levels
Obama on exchanges • “Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed.” • —President Barack Obama • April 7, 2009 • Istanbul, Turkey
Obama in China • “We know that more is to be gained when great powers cooperate than when they collide... And that cooperation must go beyond our government... That's why I'm pleased to announce that the United States will dramatically expand the number of our students who study in China to 100,000.” • —President Barack Obama • November 16, 2009 • Shanghai, China
Clinton in Indonesia • “The level of interest here in Indonesia for students studying in the United States has put student exchanges at the top of my list when I go back to Washington: How do we increase exchanges?” • —Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • February 20, 2009 • Jakarta, Indonesia
Clinton at NYU • “You know, study abroad is like spring training for this century. It helps you develop the fundamentals, the teamwork, and the determination to succeed. And we want more American students to have that opportunity. That’s why we are increasing funding for Gilman scholarships by more than 40 per cent.” • —Secretary of State Hillary Clinton • May 13, 2009 • New York University Commencement Speech
McHale on exchanges • “The single most important and valuable thing we do is exchanges.” • —Judith McHale • Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacyand Public Affairs • October 21, 2009
The politics of impasse • “…there are fewer and fewer moderates on either side – and the result is gridlock” • —Fareed Zakaria • The Post-American World • 2009
The politics of impasse • The prospects for appropriations • Simon Bill possible victim?
Do exchanges work? Everyone thinks so… • Funding increases • U.S. Embassies • IAWG report: • 14 departments and 48 independent agencies • 1.4 million participants • $1.5 bill USG investment • $2.2 billion total investment
Noteworthy developments • New international leadership at DOE • MCC survivor at State • USAID winner while USDA loses in • appointment process
What to watch for • FY 2010 budget outcome • FY 2011 White House budget request • SEVIS II Implementation • J Visa Regulations • Key appointments • Assistant Secretary of State (ECA) • Principal Deputy Asst. Secretary
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