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Building Strategic Power Through Exchanges
October 29, 2020 @ 11:30 am
This interactive virtual session will provide international relations students, interns, and foreign affairs professionals an in-depth understanding of the role of exchange programs in global power dynamics and strategic power and offer networking opportunities with foreign affairs related organizations.
The U.S. Department of State has numerous international exchange programs that help achieve U.S. foreign policy goals. Its premier professional exchange, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), celebrates its 80th year in 2020. Panelists will focus on the impact of exchange programs to enhance our public diplomacy efforts on complex global issues. Giles Scott Smith, author and educator will focus on the historic impact of the IVLP as an effective tool to build the strategic alliances that can enhance contextual intelligence. Ambassador Barbara Stephenson, Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will share her thoughts on the ability of the U.S. government to use IVLP and other exchange programs to ensure that our key partners have an in-depth understanding of the United States. Colonel Chris Wade will discuss how exchanges can build relationships that foster the necessary connections to ensure effective military collaboration on the global stage. The session will be moderated by Erick Boone, a 2020 Thomas R. Pickering fellow and graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School.