Since its inception in 1986, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) has reduced the workload on U.S. consulate offices while encouraging travel to and tourism in the United States. The program also offers tremendous benefits in terms of economics, public diplomacy, and national security.
It bears repeating. The European Union's soft power works. Not always, not everywhere, and not without reverses, but the EU has a transformational capacity to make others adopt their values: free, fair elections; rule of law; market economies that maximize the welfare of citizens; and a pan-European outlook.
The Poland-Korea Education and Science Conference will bring together leaders from their field in both countries to better understand and share good practice of Korea’s quick progress in the educational sciences.
Remember Czech artist David Cerny's "Entropa"? The sculpture, which showed stereotypes of all 27 EU member states, was perhaps the most memorable symbol of the otherwise ill-fated Czech EU presidency in the first half of 2009.
The financial crisis and Arab Spring migrants have given rise to a "new euroscepticism" inside the union, Polish leader Donald Tusk has warned as Poland takes over the EU presidency..Tusk said the Polish presidency "has enough energy" to fight the new EU-hostile trend.
Obama’s project to remake the U.S. image abroad has always relied, at its core, on his own against-the-odds story. And the adoring reception he received, from the public and its elected leaders, suggested the message still resonates here.
Along the sidewalks of Warsaw on Friday, as Poland prepared for a 24-hour visit by President Barack Obama, that change was most clearly seen in the divergent voices of the older and younger generations of Poles.
President Obama has an opportunity to revive relations with Warsaw and reaffirm that Poland is one of America’s closest allies. During his visit, he must not only strike the right tone, but also advance policy initiatives to demonstrate the enduring value of the U.S.–Polish relationship.