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Women Leaders: Promoting Peace & Security

In early December, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed a group of 14 professionals participating in an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) project looking at the topic “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security.” The participants were all leaders in their communities working on issues including domestic violence, human rights, and security. They came from...

YSEALI Generation Oceans

In late September, eight young visitors from across Southeast Asia spent time in Pensacola as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). Put in place as a boost to regional integration efforts, YSEALI brings together young leaders from across the region to focus on solving common problems through collaborative...

U.S. Elections

In early November, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed three members of the Serbian national assembly as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focusing on U.S. elections. The group spent Election Day in Pensacola and gained many insights into the campaign and elections process at the local level. Their first full...

Grassroots Democracy & Civil Society

In early October the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council welcomed a group of 17 international visitors from across Latin America as part of an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project examining the topic of grassroots democracy and civil society. The group began their time in Pensacola with a visit to City Hall where Councilman Charles...

Ukrainian Environmentalists

In September 2016, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted six Ukrainian professionals participating on the Open World Exchange Program of the U.S. Library of Congress. The purpose of their visit was to examine environmental protection and government accountability. During their time in Pensacola, the group met with local government officials, environmentalists, and nonprofit representatives...

Best Practices for Drug Use Demand Reduction Related Programs

In early September 2016, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted a group of five Pakistani professionals participating in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focused on best practices in reducing drug demand. Pensacola was the group’s last stop, and they enjoyed a full day of professional programming as well as a final national...

Law of the Sea

In late August 2016, the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council hosted twelve professional participating in the International Visitor Leadership Program. The group came from Brunei, Burma, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Samoa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. Their U.S. Department of State exchange focused on maritime security and introduced them to...

Young Professionals Go To Washington!

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council is excited to announce an open competition for attendance at the Global Ties U.S. 2017 National Meeting scheduled for February 8-11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 12, 2016! This is a professional development opportunity for members of the Young Professionals of the Gulf Coast Citizen...

U.S. Agricultural Trade & Food Safety

The Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council had the privilege of hosting three men from Taiwan for a week this past July as a part of the U.S.  Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors explored themes centered around U.S. agricultural trade and food safety, and their project focused on the forces that shape...
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