Dialogue, not Monologue: International Educational Exchange and Public Diplomacy
Recorded on November 16, 2005
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.