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APRIL 2016



Global Ties U.S.—formerly

known as the National Coun-

cil on International Visitors,

and a Department of State

partner helping administer

the International Visitor

Leadership Program—held its

annual national conference

in Washington, D.C., on Jan

27-30. The event drew more

than 1,000 leaders from

across the United States who

are on the forefront of con-

necting international visitors

with their local communities.

In appreciation of the

December issue of

The For-

eign Service Journal

, which

focused on the 75th anniver-

sary of the IVLP, Global Ties

invited AFSA to represent the

Foreign Service during the

four-day event. Global Ties

President Jennifer Clinton

and Foreign Service Officer

Robert Zimmerman (on

detail to Global Ties) both

wrote for the December

issue and were instrumental

in establishing the Global

Ties connection with AFSA.

AFSA Speakers

Link Exchanges to

the Foreign Service

AFSA President Ambas-

sador Barbara Stephenson

kicked off the association’s

participation by speaking

during an afternoon plenary,

“A Strategic Dialogue on

Advancing Peace & Secu-

rity through International

Exchange Programs,” at the

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

The panel focused on the

importance of international

2016 Global Ties Conference: Promoting the Foreign Service

exchanges for advancing

diplomacy and defense

efforts. Sharing her experi-

ence as the consul general

in Northern Ireland, Amb.

Stephenson recalled when

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson speaks about balancing international exchanges’ long-term

goal of building mutual understanding with the short-term goal of supporting foreign policy priorities. From left:

President and CEO of IREX Kristin Lord, Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Kurt Volker, Stephenson and Brigadier General (ret.) and CEO of the American Security Project Steve Cheney.

Approximately 550 people, including members of Congress and their

staffers, international exchange leaders and private-sector supporters, were

in the Capitol Visitor Center audience during the Jan. 27 panel discussion.



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Working with the Bureau

of Education and Cultural

Affairs, AFSA arranged for

Ambassador (ret.) Linda

Jewell—an AFSA member

and longtime supporter

of the association’s Road

Scholar program—to give

the keynote address on the

value of exchanges at an

ECA-sponsored reception

for conference participants

in the State Department’s

Benjamin Franklin diplomatic

reception room with more

than 300 attendees.

Amb. Jewell drew on her

30-year career as a public

diplomacy officer with the

U.S. Information Agency and

the Department of State and

her activities in retirement.

She has served as the vice

president of International Stu-

dent Exchange Programs and

Consulate General Belfast

used exchange programs to

help the police force shift to a

community policing model—

a move that was critical for

advancing the peace process.