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Conversation with Mai’a Cross: Meeting with WorldBoston on May 9th    

On May 9th, 2023 the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures met with delegates from WorldBoston to discuss the current state of American foreign policy from an academic perspective. WorldBoston became interested in how the Center enriches and supports scholarship to promote international cooperation, and how one can bridge theory and practice in such an area. WorldBoston is centered around its mission to foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with people of all nations through their Global Engagement and Citizen Diplomacy Programs, as well as networking and community events. One of these programs is the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which has been part of the State Department’s premier professional exchange program for over 80 years. Current and emerging foreign leaders in various fields experience America first-hand and cultivate relationships with their local counterparts in tailored professional meetings. WorldBoston is responsible for managing and programming the visitors’ time while they are here in the city. Boston has long been a leading city for these delegation visits!

This specific delegation is titled “U.S. Foreign Policy and Decision Making I”, a multi-regional project sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The delegation will be traveling all around the U.S. from the end of April to May, with Boston as their second stop. Each city focuses on varying themes within their central topic of American foreign policy. Boston’s specific theme is academic perspectives on the foreign policy process, and the impact of new and emerging factors on foreign policy.