What We Do
Global Ties Arizona creates opportunities for Arizonans to engage with business, nonprofit, government and academic leaders from around the world to share ideas and learn from one another. We offer professional and educational exchange programs, discussion groups, speaker engagements, special events, film screenings, and other efforts that promote Citizen Diplomacy.
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. Nearly 300 of those visitors came to visit Arizona in 2019 through our efforts, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, IVLP exchanges have been implemented in virtual formats.
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.
Global Ties Arizona and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations are partnering in 2021 to bring you the widely popular Great Decisions discussion program on world affairs.
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.
Beginning in March and over 8 months, you will have the opportunity to dive deep on eight of the most critical issues facing the U.S. foreign policy this year. Prior to each session, you will have read a chapter from the Great Decisions Briefing Book, provided and shipped to you at no cost! Each session will feature a subject-matter expert and you will have the opportunity to participate in the group discussions.
Sign up fast, Great Decisions is limited to 25 members! The deadline to sign up is March 5th, 2021 at 11:59 PM.