State Department Moves to Better Align Academic Exchanges With Policy Goals

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In May the U.S. secretary of state, John F. Kerry, met participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative, in Ethiopia. The Obama administration says the leadership program reflects a new strategy for U.S.-sponsored international exchanges.

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In May the U.S. secretary of state, John F. Kerry, met participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative, in Ethiopia. The Obama administration says the leadership program reflects a new strategy for U.S.-sponsored international exchanges.

This summer 500 Africans are studying business, leadership, and public management on American campuses as part of a new State Department program.

The Obama administration has hailed the effort, which is part of the larger Young African Leaders Initiative, as a fresh take on public diplomacy. But the fellowship program—or really the strategy behind it—has generated a debate about the future of U.S.-sponsored exchanges and whether a venerable program, the Fulbright, will