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Sixteen young leaders from #MENA countries are in the United States to examine strategies for facilitating political participation and grassroot engagement, explore best practices in fostering alliances, leadership development, and strategic planning. This is the second post-Arab Spring #IVLP initiative to help “Young Leaders RISE” (Renew, Inspire, Serve, Empower). A highlight of the group’s time in Virginia was their session with representatives from UVA’s Center for Politics, a nonpartisan institute that seeks to promote the value of politics, improve civics education, and increase civic participation. The theme of the session was that “compromise is not a weakness but rather a synonym for strength.”

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In this photo, the #IVLP participants are “speed convening,” quick 10-12 minute sessions on topics such as pluralism, tolerance, and volunteerism. As part of the State Department’s promotion of “Getting Involved and Making a Difference,” 17 IVLP participants are examining concepts of government and citizenship.

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Italian prosecutors and judges, in Washington as part of their #IVLP, meet with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

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The Algerian Kamikaz Crew, in the U.S. on an #IVLP, joined Mr. Geoffrey “Toyz aRe Us” Chang at the Words, Beats, and Life Academy for a lecture and a “cipher.” They participated in a discussion about how different music-based programs can be transformative for the community. A “cipher” is an informal gathering of rappers, beatboxers, and/or break-dancers, who jam together. Public Diplomacy at work!

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An African journalist from the 2012 Edward R. Murrow Program checks out the newspaper headlines from September 11, as displayed in the Newseum. #ivlp #ivlpmurrow

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Mayor welcomed the #IVLPMurrow journalists to #Chicago (and the real America) at a reception at the Cultural Center. The journalists are participating in panel discussions and visiting media outlets, including the Sun Times and Tribune and ABC7.

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Latoya Cantrell, candidate for New Orleans City Council, met with #IVLP participant Francine Fernandes, Assistant Director with Operation Black Vote UK, at the newly restored #NOLA Green-Dot Cafe, a mixed-use space that incorporates the historic and new library and community center.

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Six #IVLP Australian Young Political Leaders check out a voting machine in Fairfax County, VA on U.S. Election Day #elections2012

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with #IVLP participants comprised of high court justices from Anglophone Africa. The group includes chief justices from Ghana, Tanzania and Botswana.

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Xheni Karaj, participant in the European Regional #IVLP “Advocating for Human and Civil Rights for the LGBT Community” and Director of the Alliance Against Discrimination of LGBT in Albania, stands before one of the colorful murals of San Francisco. This mural captures an important theme from the program, educating for social justice.

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The teapot of diplomacy makes a surprise appearance when , who recognized last year’s #IVLP spirit of volunteerism project. The project brought 50 public service leaders to the U.S. as part of the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary.

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The First Lady of #Moldova Margareta Timofti is looking at women's empowerment & disabled children's issues on her current #IVLP

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The Culinary Diplomacy #IVLP group volunteers at DC Central Kitchen

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Check out Betty Akna from Equatorial Guinea, here on a hip hop #IVLP, on stage

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Parlimentarians from Afghanistan celebrate the 4th of July in Florida

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Three Nigerians representing Lagos State are in the U.S. on a 1-week program on heritage preservation.

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meets with a group of Afghan Parlimentarians, in the U.S. on an #IVLP

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The #IVLP group of Afghan MPs had a full DC program, including meetings at Pentagon.

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LDS Welfare Square store at #nciv2012west resource tour with

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