As a key element of public diplomacy, international exchange is a long-term strategic investment in the relationship between the people of countries. Since 1948, the U.S. has operated one of the most internationally renowned exchange programs: The Fulbright.
Fulbright operates in 155 countries with over 8,000 exchange participants annually. With an alumni base of over 300,000, Fulbright has been a staple of American exchange diplomacy.
This ASP Perspective paper analyzes the Fulbright Program from a historical and national security perspective. It recommends several steps to maximize the program’s strategic benefit to U.S. national security.