Recent & Upcoming Visitors

 

Visiting groups OCtober 2019

This September, we welcome visitors from 5 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

 
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Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: Media responsibility in an age of disinformation

Europe

  • Examine efforts at the federal, state, and local levels to counter the dissemination of disinformation and misleading reporting;

  • Introduce and provide broad exposure to the seriousness of the current threat posed by disinformation and deceptive news;

  • Explore ways to verify reliable sources of information and counter misinformation;

  • Discuss how social media and new technologies can be utilized to amplify messages, disseminate information, and connect with a target audience;

  • Consider ways to foster a discerning audience of media consumers; and

  • Focus on approaches to build trust between the media, government, and citizens.

 
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Advancing women in steam fields

Multi-Regional Project

  • Review the evolution and advancement of women in scientific research and innovation in the United States;

  • Explore policies of organizations and educational institutions that champion the interest of women in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM);

  • Gain insight into the critical need for women’s involvement in the design, engineering, and implementation of scientific research, applications, solutions, and technology, including hardware and closed and open source software;

  • Provide opportunities for participants to network with professional counterparts at scientific academies, associations, universities, businesses, an agencies across the U.S.; and

  • Examine public/private partnerships designed to accelerate student learning in STEAM subjects, especially for girls from diverse backgrounds.

 
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Global Threat Cooperation

Multi-Regional Project

  • Expose participants to the U.S. security and defense policy-making process and perspectives on global issues;

  • Examine specific security issues, such as cybersecurity, disinformation, terrorism, threats to economic competitiveness, transnational organized crime, energy, human security, and regional conflicts; and

  • Explore sustainable traditions of multilateral bodies and join inter-agency initiatives to combat transnational threats that are dependent upon global networks and relationships.

 
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Strengthening the capacity of government spokespersons to handle disinformation

Kyrgyz Republic

  • Re-establish a strong relationship with press contacts in the government and reconnect with the governmental press corps;

  • Focus on new technologies and media platforms and the way that they have disrupted and challenged the way news is produced, reported, disseminated, and received in the U.S. and around the world;

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of journalists in a time of widespread disinformation and citizen reporting;

  • Explore the freedoms outlined in the First Amendment, educational programs, and institutional practices that encourage responsible reporting on net generation media platforms, and legal considerations concerning slander and libel;

  • Examine the imperative for accurate reporting that underlies journalistic investigations as well as the impact of investigative journalism on U.S. history and current politics and society; and

  • Assess the impact of social media, citizen journalism, and alternative forms of reporting, and examine strategies that support responsible and ethical reporting in an increasingly complex information environment.

 
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Physical Education in American Schools II

Saudi Arabia

  • Meet with professionals engaged in girls’ physical education, including curriculum development, student testing, teacher training, and program design;

  • Discuss and observe teacher training for activities ranging from recess supervision to sports safety, events planning and management, and details about various sports;

  • Visit programs at schools of education that prepare future physical education teachers and offer training for current physical education teachers;

  • To examine collaborative efforts and public private partnerships - including government, community organizations/NGOs, and the business sector - that support physical education programs for girls;

  • Discuss federal laws in place to encourage participation of girls and women in sports and to ensure access for underrepresented populations; and

  • Observe community sports programs aimed at empowering girls and women.

 

Visiting groups September 2019

This September, we welcome visitors from 8 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

 
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cyber security policy development and implementation

Indonesia

  • Understand U.S. cyber security and how our civilian-led, whole-of-government approach

    works;

  • Learn the process of developing a national cyber security strategy, including determining roles and responsibilities within government;

  • Explore the foundational role of the private sector and civil society in developing a

    national cyber security structure and implementation system;

  • Learn how the U.S. coordinates cyber incident response via government and private sector, CERTs, military, and law enforcement;

  • Receive an overview on U.S. views on cyber diplomacy and international norms; and

  • Learn about how the U.S. secures government information and critical

    infrastructure/sectors and coordinates cyber incident response.

 
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Labor rights and labor inspection issues

Armenia

  • To learn about the US experience in promoting/protecting labor rights;

  • To learn about the US experience in labor inspection by the state;

  • To promote deeper working relationship between the participants/stakeholders from different groups upon the background of the new information for the purpose of reforming Armenia’s labor inspection regime;

  • To examine laws regulating U.S. labor relations, inspections, and employee protection; and

  • To learn about whistle-blower protections for employees

 
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U.S. Foreign policy decision making

Multi-Regional Project

  • Examine the process and key players in formulating, articulating and implementing foreign policy in the U.S. federal system

  • Review U.S. foreign policy priorities and trends in U.S. international relations

  • Explore the domestic political and economic forces that influence U.S. foreign policy decisions

  • Discuss how social media is transforming the practice and formation of foreign policy

 
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Advancing minority rights

Hungary

  • Introduce successful community organizing and advocacy campaigns to empower minority groups to engage in the political process and become effective advocates for their rights;

  • Explore how public and private sector actors have successfully built public support for social inclusion at the grassroots level;

  • Examine strategies for economic inclusion for marginalized groups;

  • Study programs and initiatives to promote civic engagement among youth in underserved communities;

  • Introduce U.S. perspectives on cultural diversity and the value it brings to American society; and

  • Examine U.S. laws and institutions that protect against discrimination.

 
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Recovering from conflict and trauma

Middle East and North Africa

  • Examine emergency preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels to review how

    government works to prepare populations for emergencies;

  • Explore U.S. areas that recently experienced major trauma to learn about the role of first

    responders from both government and the private sector;

  • Interact with international organizations working to provide support to foreign

    governments in the aftermath of disasters;

  • Examine programs developed by experts in military, academic, medical, faith-based, and

    social service fields to deal with traumatized populations;

  • Examine trauma centers and other programs that help the most vulnerable in societies,

    including children and the poor; and

  • Identify programs that help first responders deal with the trauma that they have observed.

 
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Human & Civil Rights for marginalized communities

South Central Asia

  • Understand best practices to prevent and address human rights violations against members of marginalized communities;

  • Explore building local capacity to document abuses and advocate for rule of law to protect the rights of victims;

  • Discuss advocacy strategies to reform discriminatory laws and policies and to develop improved legislative protections;

  • Plan public education campaigns to promote tolerance, inclusiveness, and/or awareness of minority communities and their contribution to society; and

  • Examine interfaith dialogue and cooperation efforts in communities at risk for sectarian violence.

 
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Breaking the cycle of gang violence through community empowerment

Belize

  • Improve understanding about how social developments, such as economic empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, political participation, and leadership, can serve as tools for preventing and confronting gang violence;

  • Survey techniques for former gang members rehabilitation;

  • Analyze most effective methods to break the cycle of gang violence;

  • Explore impactful ways of whole of government, whole of society collaboration.

 

Visiting groups August 2019

This August, we welcome visitors from 4 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

 
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U.S. Trade policy

Multi-Regional Project

  • Examine current federal, state, and local initiatives in international trade and export promotion;

  • Introduce innovative strategies for regional economic development and competitiveness in the global marketplace;

  • Explore the role of the U.S. in international trade and the impact of international trade agreements on U.S. business an economy; and

  • Review the U.S. economic system and the domestic economic forces that influence the policy-making process, with a focus on U.S. trade policy.

 
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Work and family life balance

An Individual Project for a Japan Fellow

  • Learn how federal and state governments promote work and family-life balance;

  • Learn how the private sector considers work and family-life balance;

  • Compare policies related to work and family-life balance between Japan and the U.S.; and

  • Survey current working conditions and work and family-life balance in the U.S.

 
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The U.S. Judicial System: Protecting women and children

Multi-Regional Project

  • Explore rule of law and the U.S. judicial system with special emphasis on the legal structures in place to protect women and children;

  • Identify discriminatory practices based on gender and methods of addressing and resolving them within the U.S. social, political, and legal sectors;

  • Examine the juvenile justice system in the United States and best practices in treatment; and

  • Create linkages among professionals in the legal field working to promote international cooperation in strengthening access to justice for women and children.

 
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Combating wildlife trafficking

Multi-Regional Project

  • Assess U.S. efforts to deter poaching and trafficking of wildlife resources through wildlife protection policies, law enforcement, and criminal prosecution;

  • Explore approaches of non-governmental organizations, citizens, and private organizations that promote and support wildlife protection and discourage consumer demand;

  • Discuss international collaboration at the federal and state levels that combats wildlife poaching and strengthens global cooperation against wildlife trafficking; and

  • Examine the harmful impact of international wildlife trafficking on political, economic, environmental, and social stability.


Visiting groups July 2019

This July, we welcome visitors from 8 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston - including the annual British American Parliamentary Group that we host every summer! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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British American parliamentary group (BAPG)

United Kingdom

  • To review the institutions, processes, and traditions of the U.S. political system, the division

    of powers, and the U.S. electoral system at federal, state and local level

  • To gain insight into current domestic and foreign policy issues;

  • To discuss foreign policy and security issues of concern to Europe and the U.S.;

  • To increase understanding of the U.S. economic system and the domestic forces that

    influence U.S. trade policy, as well as examine state and local initiatives for regional

    economic development; and

  • To examine the role of the media in the U.S. political system.

 
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Court administration and continuing legal education

South Africa

  • Examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and their basis in the

    Constitution and the rule of law;

  • Demonstrate the workings of an independent judiciary and promote the advancement of fair,

    transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world;

  • Observe trials, other court procedures, and court administration at the federal, state, and local

    levels;

  • Study the interaction of the legal system among law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and

    courts; and

  • Explore measures to protect victims.

 
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IPR ENFORCEMENT/PROTECTION IN THE U.S.

China

  • Learn about the U.S. infrastructure supporting intellectual property enforcement (laws, regulations, and NGO, academia, and private-sector efforts), including protection of the intellectual property of indigenous and minority groups;

  • Understand the importance the U.S. attaches to the protection of intellectual property rights and the impact for small and medium-sized U.S. businesses;

  • Learn about public campaigns for IPR protection and anti-counterfeiting measures;

  • Explore U.S. processes for litigating and otherwise addressing complaints by owners of intellectual property, especially in areas such as high-technology and the motion picture/music industries;

  • Examine the cultural and geographic diversity, as well as the openness of the U.S., that contribute to a dynamic society that fosters the innovation and creativity protected by IPR policies.

 
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DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE IN THE UNITED STATES

Papua New Guinea

  • Examine the principles and role of federalism in democracy and governance;

  • Explore U.S. foreign policy in Asia and the Pacific Islands, including assistance and coordination;

  • Explore the role of the three branches of government on state, local and tribal governance; and,

  • Examine governmental efforts to address climate change and clean energy initiatives.

 
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promoting cyber security

Algeria

  • Examine the U.S. cyber security and risk management strategies;

  • Explore the collaborative approach between sector specific agencies, federal agencies, and private sector partners to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, investigate, and recover from cyber incidents; and

  • Visit centers offering cybercrime support and training to federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies.

 
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Auditing the Provision of U.S. Foreign Assistance

An Individual Project for a Japan Fellow

 
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Latest Trends in and Monetizing Digital Media (CVP)

Central Asia

  • Learn to monetize digital media;

  • Discuss how outlets increase their digital reach;

  • Explore audience segmentation and engagement by media outlets;

  • Understand market research and opinion polling;

  • Discuss trends in online news and social media;

  • Understand how media outlets have successfully switched from print to online platforms; and

  • Explore new online business models to increase readership while maintaining financial sustainability

 
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CVE - COMMUNITY STRATEGIES

Multi-Regional Project

  • Introduce U.S. programs that counter violent extremism, including those that exemplify the relationship between federal, state, and local entities;

  • Explore the underlying conditions that fuel extremism political grievances, communal conflicts, social structures, and economic disparity and the emerging trends that creatively address them;

  • Examine community-based efforts designed to build strong community resistance to violent extremism and promote tolerance, including community policing and prison rehabilitation programs; and

  • Discuss how different sectors of American society work together to resist violent extremism, including government, academia, civil society, religious communities, and the private sector.


Visiting groups June 2019

This June, we welcomed visitors from 12 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors traveled from and what the objectives were of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

 
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The Digital Economy - Transformative Technology for the Social Good

Multi-Regional

  • Learn about management and marketing strategies to assess and develop innovations;

  • Meet with advocates and start‐ups to learn about best practices and challenges in developing technology for the social good;

  • Meet with investors involved in recognizing, promoting, and developing innovative solutions to labor and human rights challenges;

  • Learn how blockchain can be used to protect the rights of low‐wage workers; and

  • Look at how blockchain‐based currencies like Bitcoin may impact national economies, including the secure flow of remittances and other cross‐border payments.

 
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Science and Technology Entrepreneurship

Multi-Regional

  • Discuss the roles of government, private enterprises, professional organizations, and universities in fostering entrepreneurship and supporting innovation;

  • Meet with advocates and investors involved in recognizing, promoting, and developing science and tech start ups;

  • Discuss how innovations are adopted and diffused into diverse sectors such as medicine, agriculture, manufacturing, and communications, and especially in non traditional fields or less economically vibrant areas;

  • Assess the role of higher education in advancing technologies and empowering young people, especially women and minorities, in tech fields; and

  • Share experiences with a variety of U.S. entrepreneurs and innovators addressing technological and social challenges in non traditional sectors or less economically vibrant regions.

 
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Edward R. Murrow Program: Responsibility in the Age of Disinformation

Multi-Regional

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy;

  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the United States;

  • Gain insight into the social, economic, and political structures of the United States;

  • Explore the impact of digital and social media on the availability and accuracy of news; and

  • Participate in professional development seminars highlighting current trends and challenges, new and traditional media, foreign affairs reporting, investigative journalism strategies, and editorial procedures.

 
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U.S. Foreign Policy - Global Challenges II

Europe

  • Discuss foreign policy issues of concern to Europe and the U.S., including counter terrorism and security, transatlantic relations, the changing roles of international organizations such as NATO and the United Nations, trans boundary environmental policy issues, and global trade trends which frame positions in U.S. foreign policy; and

  • Expose participants to the various players in U.S. foreign policy formulation and to a range of policy views in the public and private sectors.

 
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Edward R. Murrow Program: New & Traditional Media in the Digital Age

Central and South America

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy;

  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the U.S.;

  • Gain insights into the social, economic, and political structures of the U.S.; and

  • Explore the impact of digital and social media on the availability and veracity of news.

 
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Social Media - Creatively Connecting Communities

Middle East and North Africa

  • Examine the principles of the First Amendment and the delicate balance in protecting free speech on social media;

  • Discuss the transition of traditional media in the digital age through the adoption of online content and use of social media as a platform to engage, entertain, and inform;

  • Observe the operations of digital media companies and those creating industry advancing technology; and

  • Explore how non profits, advocacy organizations, and government agencies work with the digital content industry.

 
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Countering Violent Extremism - Community Strategies

Europe

  • Introduce U.S. programs that counter violent extremism, including those that exemplify the relationship between federal, state, and local entities;

  • Explore the underlying conditions that fuel extremism   political grievances, communal conflicts, social structures, and economic disparity   and the emerging trends that creatively address them;

  • Examine community based efforts designed to build strong community resistance to violent extremism and promote tolerance, including community policing and prison rehabilitation programs; and

  • Discuss how different sectors of American society work together to resist violent extremism, including government, academia, civil society, religious communities, and the private sector.

 
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Scientific Research - Government, University, and Private Industry Partnerships

Luxembourg

  • Build strong bilateral economic ties between Luxembourg and the U.S. in support of mutually advancing prosperity, along with closer scientific and educational ties;

  • Explore the role of government, academia, and industry in fostering and creating exceptional environments for strong, meaningful collaborations, and economic diversification through research and innovation.

 
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Protecting Soft Targets from Terrorist Attacks

Algeria

  • Introduce strategies used by federal government and local law enforcement agencies and industry experts to prevent terrorist attacks targeting public spaces, transportation hubs, and cultural venues;

  • Share best practices and create relationships with professional counterparts;

  • Examine methods for protecting vital infrastructure assets;

  • Introduce advanced technology and equipment and their use as force multipliers; and

  • Promote domestic and international information-sharing mechanisms.

 
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Study Abroad Engagement

Argentina

  • Increase participant knowledge of the U.S. higher education system, including community colleges and technical training schools.

  • Explore the structure, operation, and services provided in U.S. higher education institutions (HEIs) international affairs and international student services offices on both larger and smaller campuses.

  • Learn about how credits from study abroad programs are evaluated and granted to students at U.S. HEIs.

  • Examine different models for student housing, both on and off campus, for foreign students studying in the United States, including those provided by the private sector.

  • Explain the student and exchange visitor visa process in the United States, as well as SEVIS and other immigration related matters.  

  • Deepen participant understanding of how U.S. higher education institutions formalize relationships, and how they support their faculty and staff in strengthening ties over time.

 

21st Century ChangeMakers: Engaging Youth in the Battle against Disinformation

Moldova

  • To examine model programs that promote civic awareness and youth leadership in a variety of contexts such as schools, colleges, associations, youth clubs, sports programs, arts programs, interfaith-initiatives, and political advocacy;  

  • To understand the importance of pluralism, tolerance, and volunteerism as components of civic life in the United States;

  • To look at methodologies used by NGOs for strengthening leadership, recruiting volunteers, developing fundraising, and advancing missions;

  • To consider the role of citizens, traditional and new media, academia, and civil society in fostering transparency and accountability in government;

  • To learn about ways to verify reliable sources of information and counter misinformation;

  • To discuss how social media and new technologies can be utilized to amplify messages, disseminate information and connect with a target audience; and

  • To study the impact of digital and social media on the availability and accuracy of news.

 
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Disability Rights - Access for All

Thailand

  • Learn and observe America’s ongoing efforts to uphold and enforce the rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWD);

  • Observe and engage with design and construction, architecture, physical space, training, technologies, and normal and specific classroom for PWD that help them to overcome barriers and obstacles for their full participation in community life;

  • Explore methods used to advocate for increased access and institutional capacity to serve PWD;

  • Examine health, education, state welfare, and social support services for PWD, and U.S. laws related disability rights and mechanisms for their enforcement.


Visiting groups May 2019

This May, we welcome visitors from 12 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors are traveling from and what the objectives are of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

 
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Combating Trafficking in Persons

Multi-Regional

  • Review U.S. government strategies to combat international trafficking in persons, including crimes against women and children, by examining the formulation, administration and enforcement of U.S. policy on the national, state and local levels;

  • Examine the roles that government, law enforcement, the courts and local organizations play in detecting, preventing and prosecuting crimes;

  • Explore initiatives to recognize, protect and assist victims of abuse and trafficking, including victim recovery and reintegration programs; and

  • Investigate international law enforcement cooperation in trafficking in persons cases.

 
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Cybersecurity

Multi-Regional

  • Examine the U.S. government’s efforts to manage cybersecurity risk and assess threats to critical infrastructure;

  • Discuss U.S. policy and efforts to secure an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace, including U.S. interagency functions;

  • Explore cyber education, research, and development efforts;

  • Assess the efficacy of Internet security legislation and explore protections for privacy rights and civil liberties;

  • Evaluate the role of the private sector in promoting cybersecurity, including public‑private information sharing and data protection;

  • Explore economic and national security impacts of malevolent cyber activity; and

  • Discuss strategies to collaborate and counter cyber threats.

 
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U.S. Energy Policy - Security, Independence, and Innovation

Europe

  • Review local, national, and international energy initiatives, security measures, and policies related to resource regulation and development;

  • Discuss current energy considerations and deliberations with stakeholders and influential leaders in commercial industry, think tanks, lobby organizations, and citizen interest groups;

  • Highlight strategies for energy resource management, diversification, affordability, consumption reduction, technological advancement, research, and development; and

  • Examine the role of academia and research institutions in energy innovation and security.

 
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Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists - U.S. Foreign Policy

Middle East and North Africa

  • Highlight the significance of a free and independent press to the democratic process;

  • Expose participants to the various players in U.S. foreign policy formulation and to the range of policy views in the public and private sectors;

  • Review the influence and impact of the media, think tanks, trade associations, and grassroots organizations on foreign policy initiatives;

  • Examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy; and

  • Observe operational practices, standards, and institutions of the media in the U.S.

 

Transparency and Accountability in Government

South and Central America

  • Enhance understanding of the underlying principles of ethical systems for accountability in government and business in the United States;

  • Address international efforts to strengthen the integrity of governments and businesses;

  • Examine the effect of transparency on trade, investment, and economic development;

  • Explore the role of citizens, traditional and new media, academia, and civil society in fostering transparency and accountability in government; and

  • Highlight the mechanisms that enable citizens to foster good governance, ethical standards, and accountability at the local, state, and federal levels.

 
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Press Communication & Management for Law Enforcement

Ukraine

  • Become familiar with U.S. law enforcement best practices in promoting the brand of a policing organization;

  • See models of policy and administrative decisions, formulation of public messaging, standard operating procedures for law enforcement employees and their relationship with the public and press;

  • Discuss operations during crisis situations, interacting with media, and balancing transparency with security; and

  • Explore the law enforcement organization's role in empowering citizen action and the benefits of interagency cooperation.

 

Hague Abduction Convention in Practice

India

  • Examine U.S. child custody laws and The Hague Abduction Convention;

  • Assess legal and social welfare advocacy for victims of domestic violence;

  • Understand the impact of child abduction on parents and family;

  • Explore U.S. family law cases; and

  • Learn about protective services, social workers, advocacy organizations, and shelters.

 
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Small Business Development for Women Business Leaders

India

  • Examine the economic, political, and social factors that influence and encourage the development of small businesses, especially those owned by women;

  • Explore the role of women‑owned businesses in fostering innovation and social and economic development; and

  • Demonstrate the impact of U.S. small businesses on the local, regional, national, and global economies.

 
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Internationalization of Higher Education

Israel

  • Examine the US federal and state policies on student and faculty exchange and mobility.

  • Introduce participants to the process of building an international relations office in a HEI.

  • Examine practices in providing support to international students.

  • Examine how US HEI promote themselves abroad and attract international students.

  • Examine platforms that create and strengthen academic relations with US HEI.

  • Enhance the needs of American students and relevant exchange programs.

 
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Democracy and Governance in the United States

Papua New Guinea

  • Introduce U.S. system of federalism, and explore the interplay between national, state and local governments

 
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Combating Trafficking in Persons

Germany

  • Review U.S. government strategies and multidisciplinary efforts to combat trafficking in persons, on the national, state, and local levels;

  • Address existing and pending U.S. legislation, visa regulations, and enforcement mechanisms to prevent human trafficking and prosecute traffickers;

  • Explore initiatives to recognize, protect, and assist victims of abuse and trafficking, including victim recovery and reintegration programs; and

  • Explore ways to raise awareness about trafficking through the media

 
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Social Entrepreneurship

Togo

  • Examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the United States, including the environments that make social ventures sustainable, self-sufficient, and scalable.

  • Explore how government entities encourage and support social entrepreneurship through incentives and other means.

  • Discover successful models for social innovation, including social venture capital, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism.

  • Engage with U.S. counterparts to share best practices and innovative approaches to social changes in diverse focus areas such as poverty alleviation, education, public health, and environmental conservation.


Visiting groups April 2019

This April, we welcomed visitors from 11 different delegations as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see all the different places the visitors traveled from and what the objectives were of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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U.S. State and Local Government

Multi-Regional Project

  • Introduce the structures and functions of the U.S. federal system of government, with emphasis on the division of authority and responsibility between federal, state, and local governments;

  • Demonstrate successful models of cooperation among state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, community organizations, and the business sector; and

  • Examine various models of state and local governments that demonstrate how they function in the U.S. and interact with the federal government.

 
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Towards a More Safe and Secure World: International Peace and Security

Europe

  • Expose participants to the U.S. security and defense policy making process and perspectives on global issues;

  • Examine specific security issues, such as regional conflicts, weapons proliferation, energy security, homeland security, international terrorism, and the use of preventive diplomacy to address these challenges;

  • Discuss the role of the UN and other international organizations in dealing with global crises; and

  • Explore the benefits of bilateral and multilateral cooperation on security policy worldwide.

 
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Rule of Law and the U.S. Judicial System

South and Central America

  • Examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and their basis in the Constitution and the rule of law;

  • Deepen understanding of the federal and state judicial systems for both criminal and civil matters under the U.S. model of federalism;

  • Demonstrate the workings of an independent judiciary and promote the advancement of fair, transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world;

  • Observe trials, other court procedures, and court administration at the federal, state, and local levels;

  • Study the interaction of the legal system between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts; and

  • Explore measures to protect victims.

 
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Regional Responses to Inter-American Migration Issues

South and Central America

  • Examine federal, state, and local government policies and initiatives and intergovernmental action to resettle and integrate refugees that arrive both through the

  • U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and through unofficial channels;

  • Explore private sector efforts and public-private programs to combat discrimination, integrate immigrant and minority communities, and resettle refugees and provide services;

  • Review interagency efforts and standards for processing and resettling refugees in the United States; and

  • Explore opportunities and initiatives for international cooperation on refugee issues.

 
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Renewable Energy in the United States

Belgium

  • Review U.S. national energy and climate policy challenges and international cooperative efforts to develop secure and transparent global energy markets and climate frameworks.

  • Discuss U.S. strategies to develop and secure diverse energy supplies, reduce consumption of fossil fuels, increase investment in research and technology, and strengthen international cooperation in key energy sectors.

  • Showcase state and local energy initiatives that use alternative energy technologies to promote U.S. energy independence and responses to the impacts of climate events.

 
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Marine Mammal Conservation

China

  • To examine the advanced research and conservation efforts and practices of the U.S. on marine mammal and habitat protection;

  • To explore international cooperation and information exchange efforts regarding marine mammal conservation; and

  • To showcase the roles that scientists, governments, and the public impact environmental and aquatic biodiversity protection.

 
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Strengthening Justice and Peace Accord Implementation

Colombia

  • Examine best practices in rule of law, such as the investigation and prosecution of threats or attacks against social leaders, as well as collaboration among different levels of government;

  • Explore collaboration between local prosecutors and law enforcement officials to help the prioritization of cases involving violence and threats of violence against social leaders; and

  • Discuss strategies to identify, compare, and investigate human rights violations.

 
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Higher Education in the United States Study Tour

Regional Group

  • Examine U.S. higher education, including its structure, administration, and management;

  • Explore innovations in teaching and curriculum design, as well as practices to support faculty development and collaboration;

  • Demonstrate the varying functions of universities, community colleges, distance learning and certificate programs, and vocational/technical schools; and

  • Explore best practices for the internationalization of higher education, including institutional and faculty linkages and partnerships.

 
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Women

Israel

  • Explore government and non-governmental programs and initiatives to support the success of women entrepreneurs domestically and internationally;

  • Examine best practices in successful entrepreneurship in areas such as marketing and branding, financing, the use of internet and social media, international markets, and production techniques;

  • Meet with U.S. entrepreneurs to highlight the contributions of women to community economic development and the economic empowerment and well-being of women;

  • Discuss challenges facing women entrepreneurs and ways to overcome these challenges.

 
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Focusing Judicial and Law Enforcement Resources on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Moldova

  • Learn about the work of specialized units within police departments and prosecutors’ offices that focus on sexual assault and discuss policing and prosecution strategies;

  • Examine law enforcement standards for combating gender violence, including required training of law enforcement, interaction with victims and perpetrators, and evidence collection;

  • Study specialized training techniques for prosecutors, law enforcement and other partners in the coordinated response to domestic and sexual violence and stalking;

  • Explore how local governments, police, judiciary, NGOs and members of the community collaborate to develop strategies to prevent violence against women;

  • Meet with various social service agencies and NGOs involved in the prevention of sexual violence and the treatment of survivors;

  • Meet with research groups and legislative committees to discuss sexual harassment policies and procedures and sexual assault legislation advancements; and

  • Learn how incidents of violence against women can be confronted through public partnerships and public outreach.

 
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Countering Terrorist Financing and Money Laundering

Qatar

  • Examine best practices in financial intelligence analysis, including proper dissemination to law enforcement agencies and interagency cooperation.

  • Review terrorism finance, law enforcement investigations, prosecutions, and prosecutions in the United States.

  • Explore emerging methodologies in countering terrorism finance, including use of social media in fundraising

  • Examine best practices to facilitate information sharing on terrorist financing risks and vulnerabilities between the private and public sectors.

  • Discuss the role of the private sector in effectively screening and monitoring financial activity to prevent exploitation from terrorist actors.


Visiting groups march 2019

March was big month for Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston. This month we welcomed visitors from 12 different delegations! Check below to see all the different places the visitors traveled from and what the objectives were of their visits!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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American Language and Multicultural Diversity

Multi-Regional Project

  • Enhance the participants’ understanding of American culture and history as context for English language education;

  • Showcase the regional and ethnic variations and the distributions within the U.S. of English language dialects;

  • Discuss shared challenges for English language teachers;

  • Observe language teachers and students in K‑12 classroom settings and exchange views with teachers on pedagogical methodology; and

  • Discuss issues with educational policy makers at the national, state, and local levels.

 
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Protecting Soft Targets Against Terrorist Attacks

Multi-Regional Project

  • Explore U.S. efforts to prevent and respond to terrorist actions;

  • Examine international cooperation in combating terrorism;

  • Evaluate terrorism prevention programs;

  • Examine inter-agency efforts to identify and protect soft targets through law enforcement, intelligence and military collaboration models;

  • Examine civil rights laws.

 

 
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Small Business Development

Multi-Regional Project

  • Highlight the economic, political, and social factors that influence and encourage the development of small businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation in the United States;  

  • Demonstrate the impact of U.S. small businesses on the local, regional, national, and global economies;  

  • Illustrate the role of governmental, nongovernmental, public-private partnerships, universities, corporations and grassroots organizations in fostering and supporting business creation and growth; and  

  • Examine trends in small business concepts, financing, management, operations and marketing.

 

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Broadcast Media

Multi-Regional Project

  • Review the history and importance of press freedom in the United States;

  • Examine the structure, practices, and future of broadcast journalism in the United States;

  • Illustrate how new technologies shape the way news is gathered, reported, distributed and consumed;

  • Explore the crucial role of responsibility and accuracy in reporting in a democracy;

  • Examine the efforts of fact checking groups;

  • Examine how broadcast media influences and reflects American society;

  • Demonstrate the influence of social media and digital technologies on how citizens use and share information; and

  • Explore the current and potential contributions of broadcasting to the formation of an informed citizenry within a diverse, democratic, and decentralized society

 

Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management

Regional Project: Near East and North Africa

  • Examine best practices in emergency preparedness, management, planning, and coordination among federal, state, and local government and the private sector;

  • Investigate how various stakeholders anticipate and develop contingency plans for natural disasters, pandemics, technological hazards, and/or terrorism threats;

  • Analyze the recruitment, training, leadership development, and funding for paid professionals and volunteer‑based Emergency Management Service (EMS) personnel; and

  • Explore public‑private partnerships and programs that help communities heal from the trauma of disasters by offering leadership, restoring hope, and strengthening recovery plans.

 

Economic Revitalization through Public Private Partnerships

Regional Project: Europe

  • Demonstrate the contribution of public-private partnerships in local economic development in a variety of sectors, including business, infrastructure development, energy, the environment, education, and tourism;

  • Explore how government bodies identify opportunities for public-private partnerships, structure public-private partnerships contracts, monitor project management and development, and review and evaluate a project’s success;

  • Review the role of business and the nonprofit sector in fostering innovative and efficient public-private relationships; and

  • Examine how U.S. companies utilize their relationships with the public sector to promote community development and corporate citizenship in U.S. society.

 

 

Physical Education in American Schools

Saudi Arabia

  • Meet with professionals engaged in girls’ physical education, including curriculum development, student testing, teacher training, and program design;

  • Discuss and observe teacher training for activities ranging from recess supervision to  sports safety, events planning and management, and details about various sports;

  • Visit programs at schools of education that prepare future physical education teachers and offer training for current physical education teachers;

  • Examine collaborative efforts and public private partnerships including government, community organizations/NGOs, and the business sector that support physical education programs for girls;

  • Discuss federal laws in place to encourage participation of girls and women in sports and to ensure access for underrepresented populations; and

  • Observe community sports programs aimed at empowering girls and women.

 

 
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Mental and Physical Disabilities

Uganda

  • Learn how Americans develop and implement appropriate speech and language therapy programs for special needs individuals;

  • Examine methods and ideologies that aim to improve social inclusion for people with special needs;

  • Acquire knowledge on U.S. education policies implemented for people with disabilities and mental health patients; and

  • Identify strategies that can be used to counter the stigma associated with physical and mental disabilities.

 
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Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

Malaysia

  • Examine the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and their basis in the Constitution and the rule of law;

  • Familiarize participants with the federal and state judicial systems for both criminal and civil matters under the U.S. model of federalism;

  • Demonstrate the workings of an independent judiciary and the advancement of fair, transparent, accessible, and independent judiciaries around the world;

  • Observe trials, other court procedures, and court administration at the federal, state, and local levels;

  • Review the interaction of the legal system between law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and courts; and

  • Explore measures to protect victims.

 

 
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Promoting Pluralism and Tolerance Across Religious Divides

Indonesia

  • To understand how Muslim and other faith-based organizations organize to play a positive role in American civil society;

  • To discuss best practices for building communities’ resilience to conflict across religious, ethnic, racial, or political divides;

  • To gain an appreciation of the role that separation of Church and State plays in protecting each U.S. citizen’s rights, with a special emphasis on the dynamism and diversity of Muslim-American communities and civil society organizations that thrive across the United States;

  • To observe how U.S. civil society organizations (CSOs) unite citizens across religious and other divides in local, state, and national policy advocacy;

  • To develop an understanding of how the United States deals with hate crime and hate speech;

  • To identify concrete ways to support U.S.-Indonesian cooperation on promoting global tolerance and respect for diversity; and

  • To network and share best practices with leaders of relevant government entities and civil society organizations.

 
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U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making and International Affairs Journalism

Russia

  • Explore best practices in international affairs journalism from U.S.-based media professionals focused on foreign policy issues;

  • Examine the U.S. foreign policy decision-making process, the domestic political pressures that shape it, and the players that implement it;

  • Build a network of professional contacts in the U.S. and Russian foreign policy think tank and academic community.

 
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International Women of Courage Awardee 2019

On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of State will present the 2019 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world. The award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Boston will be hosting one of these Awardees for three days of professional exchange and global connection.


VISITING GROUPS February 2019

Each year we welcome hundreds of current and emerging leaders from all over the world to the Greater Boston. Many of these programs are funded by the U.S. State Department.

In February, WorldBoston’s Citizen Diplomacy work was significantly affected due to the U.S. Federal Government shutdown in the early weeks of 2019. All of our groups were either postponed or cancelled, but we were very glad to be able to resume programming in March!


Visiting groups January 2019

This January, we welcomed visitors from one delegation as part of the Citizen Diplomacy Program at WorldBoston! Check below to see where the visitors traveled from and what the objectives were of their visit!


Are you interested in getting involved with our Citizen Diplomacy Programs? Find out about being a Dinner Diplomat or serving as a professional resource here!

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Emerging Political and Economic Leaders in North America

Canada

  • Connect and foster relationships with state and local representatives to discuss new and continuing efforts in collaboration and understanding in business, entrepreneurship, and trade;

  • Examine the underlying societal, economic, and political factors that drive U.S. counterparts’ initiatives and views;

  • Explore the governmental budgetary processes and the best practices for engaging with decision-makers and actors; and

  • Examine countering violent extremism and border security measures taken at the state and local levels that may complement federal initiatives.