Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Today the contributions of international education and exchange
to the national interest are virtually unquestioned. High-level
government officials frequently cite exchanges as one of the most
effective ways of winning friends in an increasingly volatile and
unpredictable world. Yet the United States lacks an effective
policy for utilizing this indispensable tool. In this policy
vacuum, increasing numbers of foreign students and researchers are
pursuing their educations and careers elsewhere, only a minuscule
percentage of American college students ever study abroad or
graduate with familiarity with a foreign language or region, and
numerous barriers impede the exchange experience. Robust
international educational and cultural exchanges must be a central
part of a successful public diplomacy strategy.
Join us as four experts examine this critical issue for U.S.
leadership, competitiveness, and security.
More About the Speakers
Ambassador Cresencio Arcos
Director of International Affairs,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The Honorable Jim Kolbe (R-AZ)
United States House of Representatives
Dr. Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Distinguished Service Professor,
Kennedy School of Government,
Sanford J. Ungar
James Jay Carafano,
Senior Research Fellow,
Defense and Homeland Security,
The Heritage Foundation
Marlene M. Johnson
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, NAFSA:
Association of International Educators