U.S. Federalism and Democracy – A Project for East Asia & the Pacific

A meeting with Nebraska State Senator Mr. Adam Morfield (D), discussing Nebraska’s unique unicameral system.

Eight visitors from the region of East Asia and the Pacific participated in a three-week program introducing the work of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the U.S. government. Throughout their national program, they met with local political leaders, state agencies, and non-governmental organizations to discuss the diverse array of political systems and governmental services that promote democracy and transparency. Notable meetings include the NAACP, a workshop at the Newseum, former Governor Michael Dukakis, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, and various League of Women Voters chapters. A highlight of the trip was attending a watch party on the night of the 2018 Midterm Elections. A reflection session at the end of the program revealed that several of the visitors were already planning on using the information and connections they gained in the U.S. to implement new programs and partnerships in their home countries.

Sponsors and Partners

U.S. Department of State
International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State
Lincoln Council for International Visitors
Kiwanis Club of Omaha
WorldBoston
Northern California World Trade Center

Project summary

U.S. Federalism and Democracy – A Project for East Asia & the Pacific | November 2018
Number of Visitors: 8
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: Australia, Malaysia, Burma, New Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam
Impact Areas: Civic Engagement, Governance and Transparency
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: NGOs, Private Sector, Public Sector