Magazine article International Educator

Commission Urges Next U.S. President to Elevate Priority of Educational Exchanges

Magazine article International Educator

Commission Urges Next U.S. President to Elevate Priority of Educational Exchanges

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THE NEXT U.S. PRESIDENT must "make educational and institutional exchanges a higher priority," according to The Center for Strategic and International Studies' (CSIS) Commission on Smart Power.

In its report titled A Smarter, More secure America, the authors note in a chapter on public diplomacy that "an effective public diplomacy approach must include exchanges of ideas, peoples, and information through person-to-person educational exchanges, often referred to as citizen diplomacy!'

Recommendations focus both on expanding education abroad and on increasing the number of students coming from other countries to study in the United States.

The following are among the commission's specific recommendations to the next president of the United States:

* Expand successful exchange and education programs;

* Launch U.S.-China and U.S.-India educational funds;

* Expand Middle East language competencies; and

* Draw on America's cultural advantages.

The bipartisan Commission on Smart Power, cochaired by Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye, Jr., includes national leaders in government, elective office, the military, NGOs, media, academia, and the private sector. For more information on the commission or to download the report, visit www. …

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