What We Do

Global Ties Arizona offers opportunities for Arizonans to participate in Citizen Diplomacy – One Handshake at a Time – through interactions with International Visitors from virtually every country on Earth.  We offer Professional and Educational Exchange Programs, Events, Exercises in Civil Dialogue, Discussion Groups, Speaker Engagements, Lemonade Socials, Film Screenings, and other efforts that promote Citizen Diplomacy.

International Visitor Leadership Program

Each year nearly 5,000 exchange participants come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.   About 300 of those visitors come visit Arizona annual through our efforts.

More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.

Launched in 1940, the IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States. The majority of IVLP exchanges include visits to four U.S. communities over three weeks, although projects vary based on themes, Embassy requests and other factors. Participants meet with professional counterparts, visit U.S. public and private sector organizations related to the project theme and participate in cultural and social activities.

There is no application for IVLP. Participants are nominated and selected annually by the staff at U.S. Embassies around the world.

For those who live in the United States, there are many opportunities to get involved at the community level.  Contact our office to discuss how you or your company might host visitors in Arizona.

Lemonade Socials

Lemonade Socials offer the opportunity to join our IVLP visitors and staff for mix and mingle time getting to know one another.  It’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about one another, and participate in the most basic type of Citizen Diplomacy, one-on-one relationship building through understanding.

We provide the lemonade and snacks, and sometimes, special things happen!

Great Decisions

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. In 2019 we will tackle critical issues from immigration the State of the State Department.

The first “Great Decisions” group was launched in Portland, Oregon in 1954.  Participants would read a fact sheet on each of the eight topics before meetings, where they aired their respective views and opinions.  FPA would tally up opinion ballots and report the results to the Department of State.  The program gained media attention, was picked up by local schools, and soon gained national attention. 

The grassroots, face-to-face model adopted by Great Decisions more than 50 years ago continues today, with tens of thousands of participants taking part in discussions nationwide annually.

In 2019, Great Decisions is offered by Global Ties Arizona in 8 week ‘sections’ where participants can elect to join in one or more sessions as desired.

Exercise your voice, and be a part of a Great Decisions conversation.

"What in the World" Weekly Quiz

In partnership with the Tennessee Council on World Affairs, we are pleased to bring you the “What in the World” weekly quiz.  10 questions to test your world-knowledge of current affairs.

Just for fun, but maybe for prizes if we get enough participants and a heated competition going!  

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