From Participant to Programmer: Meridian IVLP Alumnus on Exchanges with Meridian

In the fall of 2018, Mr. Manuel Comeron, an alumnus of the 2017 Meridian International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) entitled “Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism,” was a programming partner for the Community Connections program. This iteration of Community Connections is a two-part international exchange program between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee and Liège and Verviers, Belgium during which rising American and Belgian leaders in violence prevention exchange best practices in countering violent extremism. In the first part of the program, Mr. Comeron organized a one-week program in Liège for 8 American NGO leaders, government officials,...

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Bipartisan Leadership on Foreign Affairs Needed Now More Than Ever

As we mark the retirement of Congressman Ed Royce of California, who served ably as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it is worth noting that his cooperation with incoming Chair and then Ranking Member Eliot Engel reminds us of what can be accomplished if issues are approached with mutual respect and shared interests. Royce was widely respected for his deep knowledge on a range of foreign policy issues and chaired the Africa subcommittee, where he was instrumental in working with Democrats on President Bush’s landmark HIV-AIDS initiative, advancing trade, and building support for robust public diplomacy programs and...

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My Experience with YLAI – A U.S. Department of State Exchange Program

From September to October 2018, Meridian International Center successfully implemented the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI) 2018 cohort. This great program which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, brought 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean to expand their leadership and entrepreneurial experience. YLAI is designed to address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering business and social entrepreneurs with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human...

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