18th Annual Alumni Reception — August 20, 2014

Join fellow alums, friends, and a delegation from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines in Minneapolis for the 18th Annual Alumni Reception! It’s our favorite event of the summer and great chance to reconnect with ACYPL outside of the Beltway!  We … Continue reading


[Russian Media Dialogue 2014] Elena Vasilieva: Just like in the movies: my American chronicle

To me, America is not about politics; rather the America I’ve always imagined consists of hundreds of well-known movies like, Gone with the Wind, King Kong, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Rain Man, Home Alone, Die Hard, Titanic, The … Continue reading

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[US to Northern Ireland 2014] Drew Heath: A “Black Cab Tour” in Northern Ireland

We had just begun our black cab tour of Belfast, and as we were leaving our hotel in the city’s center our first stop was just a few blocks away at a condo building that looked rather ordinary, but held … Continue reading

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US-Russia Media Dialogue 2014: Connecting people

    Last July, when we won a grant from the US Embassy in Moscow to bring 10 Russian journalists to the US I had no idea what the year would bring.  Sure, I knew the Olympics in Sochi would … Continue reading


[US to Tunisia and Morocco 2014] Linda Rotunno: The Best Guide

  So much of an ACYPL experience is about the people we meet and interact with along the way.  Hatem Bourial, with his warm smile and wild, beautiful curls, met our delegation of 7am at the Tunis Airport, and for … Continue reading

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[US to China and Taiwan 2014] Cassie Folk: Remembering History

Being in Beijing so close to the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests on June 4, 1989 was interesting to say the least. I was watching CNN International on the first morning in Beijing and initially I was surprised that CNN was … Continue reading

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[US to Russia 2014] Erika Fricke on the LGBT community in Russia

The signature piece of legislation my boss, State Rep. Dan Frankel, has been trying to pass for more than a decade would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pennsylvanians from discrimination, so that someone from the LGBT community couldn’t be … Continue reading


[US to Russia 2014] Dicky Shanor: Muesli for Dinner

  Muesli is a type of granola and it was served for breakfast in every Russian hotel we stayed in. I loved it as much as anything in Russia, but no one would serve it for dinner. Do Russians not … Continue reading


[US to Russia 2014] Sergio Barrios: No Simple Answers

    I distinctly remember receiving the email informing me that I had been selected to be part of the ACYPL delegation to Russia, and I could not have been more excited. But as the days to the trip decreased, … Continue reading

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[Active Citizen Summit 2.0] Small moments, big impact

This year’s Active Citizen Summit 2.0 unites 18 young social entrepreneurs—one from every Middle Eastern and North African country and the Palestinian territories—to Chicago and DC for a three-week program. In the months leading up to the exchange, I was … Continue reading

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