Featured Peacebuilding Group: U.S. Diplomacy Center

It is International Education Week  (11/13/-11/17) across the U.S.  Globally oriented educational experiences are vital to building relationships at the personal, community-based, and national levels that advance security, prosperity, human rights, and peace.  Unfortunately, this administration has not made diplomacy and global understanding a priority, in fact, arguing at times that it is detrimental to U.S. interests.  This op-ed in today’s Washington Post (11/13/17) discusses the serious and disastrous personnel cuts that are going at the Department of State.  This is bad news, and on top of that the numbers of international students coming to the U.S. continues to fall according to IIE. The article points that many internationals are not feeling safe in the U.S.

All the more important that this week I feature the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC) as the Featured Peacebuilding Group.   USDC is the public face of the U.S. State Department, and is a space where the public can learn about our efforts at promoting diplomacy as a means to peace.   For educators, USDC offers a range of resources including recently developed simulations.  In a previous blog I posted USDC’s recent newsletter.  In addition, USIP has some events and resources that are being promoted this week on international education.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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