“…I have always believed that America’s greatest asset is its
people…That is why I also believe that we must foster even deeper
connections among Americans and peoples around the globe. Our
long-term security will come not from our ability to instill fear in other peoples, but through our capacity to
speak to their hopes. And that work will best be done through the power of the decency and dignity of the
American people – our troops and diplomats, but also our private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and
All of us have a role to
Barack Obama, President of the United States, May
Long-term working relationships across
international borders do not spontaneously arise from a single encounter!
Relationship-building requires a systematic approach to “connecting the
dots”, which the International Council frequently does with
its international visitor
alumni, as well as with the professional and community resources with whom they
meet during their IVLP visit. In addition to maintaining an active
communications and social media platform with our distinguished visitors, the International Council can, from time
to time, create "special projects"
with them, establish a working framework for further collaboration
and connect our visitors with partners in the US and around the world.
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