WorldMontanaSM promotes citizen diplomacy. WorldMontanaSM supporters live by the credo that in a democracy the individual citizen has the right – indeed, the responsibility – to help shape foreign relations, “one handshake at a time.” Through participation in person-to-person exchanges, Americans across the country open their homes, offices, schools, and agencies to colleagues from abroad. Citizen diplomacy has proven to be an important adjunct to statecraft as “average” citizens have the opportunity to engage with the rest of the world in a meaningful, mutually beneficial dialogue.
The National Council for International Visitors is celebrating its first half century of promoting excellence in citizen diplomacy. NCIV supports a nationwide network of member organizations including WorldMontanaSM that welcome international visitors to the United States in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program and other exchange programs.
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