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  • Near East "Peace & Stability through Conflict Resolution"
  • Armenia “The Legal Framework for NGOs & Public-Private Partnership in the U.S.”
  • United Kingdom “Foreign Policy, American Political, Judicial & Social Structures”

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Protesters In Turkey Prepare For Prime Minister's Return

Police In India Arrest Three In Alleged Rape Of U.S. Tourist

The Changing Face, Perception Of Turkey's Prime Minister

Plan For Wind Turbines Off D-Day Coast Spins Controversy

IMF Vs. European Commission: Duel Over Financial Crisis


Community Connections

Community Connections is a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by World Learning.  The broad public diplomacy goal of the program is to contribute to economic and democratic reform and to promote mutual understanding through exposure to U.S. society and personal connections with Americans and participant countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Through local community host organizations like the International Affairs Council, men and women entrepreneurs, local government officials, legal professionals, and civil society organization leaders are provided a three-week home-stay based, practical training program in the United States, tailored to their professional interests.

Since IAC began hosting delegations through the Community Connections program in 2000, we have conducted programs for visitors from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Belarus.  The topics for these programs include, among others, economic development, health care, information technology, small business innovation, the role of NGOs and professional organizations in health promotion, and combating corruption.

The latest visitors from the Community Connections program came from Belarus to learn about the role of the arts in social and political life in the United States.  While in the Triangle, they met with representatives from the NC Small Business Center, Trailblazer Studios, the Arts Center, WRAL, and many of the Triangle’s museums.