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  • University of Tennessee is part of the Diplomacy Lab network led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • A company from Tennessee received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for a joint venture with an Israeli company. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • Researchers from the University of Memphis were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct a workshop related to cooperation between the United States and India on operator theory and operator algebras. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • SCA, working with the Department of Commerce, funded a Special American Business Internship Training tour on Intermodal Transportation and Logistics for 17 representatives from both the government and private sectors from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The delegation traveled to Washington, DC; Virginia; Maryland; Tennessee; and Illinois. The delegation learned about different modes of transportation, how they are regulated, and the government’s role in the development of intermodal transportation at the local, state, federal and international level. (Source: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/sabit/tg_sabit_003470.asp 
  • The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – launched and sustained by the State Department – is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Across the world, cities are on the frontline of building resilience to radicalization to violence. Local governments, whether cities, municipalities or towns, are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from community polarization and radicalization through partnerships with local communities. The SCN is made up of over 120 cities worldwide. In the U.S., SCN members include: Atlanta, GA; Aurora, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; New York, NY; and San Diego, CA. The mayors of both Anaheim and Chattanooga participated in the SCN Global Meeting in Denmark in May 2017. (Source: Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-counterterrorism-and-countering-violent-extremism/ 
  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • One emerging leader studied or participated in a fellowship in Tennessee on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Tennessee National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Bulgaria, founded in 1993. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • The American Center hosted a group of 16 student-athletes from University of Tennessee, traveling through Vietnam on a leadership program, performing acts of service through sports. Cultural Affairs Officer David Turnbull gave the students a brief talk on our bilateral relations with Vietnam and the role of the Department of State. The students gained a better understanding of the role embassies and consulates play, particularly in public affairs, and learned about opportunities for exchanges through mission programs. (American Spaces) More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs sent two subject matter expert instructors from Wynn Consulting in Nashville, TN, to Ghana to conduct a workshop to raise awareness of sexual and gender-based violence, especially domestic violence, for senior Ghana law enforcement officials. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 240,387. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Source: Bureau of International Organization Affairs) More: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/259 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 112 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Tennessee. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: https://travel.state.gov/content/adoptionsabroad/en/about-us/statistics.html 
  • Diplomatic Security Miami Field Office serves Tennessee. Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

  • In FY17, Tennessee-based companies received approval to export $434,465,532 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Tennessee hosted 3,599 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/facts-and-figures/ 
  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2018, goods exported totaled $32.7 billion. Those exports supported approximately 146,976 Tennessean jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Tennessee supports an additional 177,100 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/tn.pdf 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Tennessee. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events 
  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 14 active participants from the state of Tennessee. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 


  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Vallera Gibson): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • 44 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Tennessee were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 22 international students received a Fulbright to study in Tennessee. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 51 students from Tennessee received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 8,870 international higher education students studied abroad in Tennessee. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 223 exchange visitors from overseas visited Tennessee and 174 Tennessee residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of Tennessee. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius worked with the ASSIST High School Exchange Program to provide partial scholarships to three Lithuanian students to attend a year of high school at private schools in three states: Beaver Dam, WI; Bell Buckle, TN; and the city of Tacoma, WA. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs) More: http://www.kff.lt/ASSIST-863.html 

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