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Media Coverage UNESCO Ambassadors

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

As Israel Opposes UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution, Ambassadors Visit Capital

PI Awards Two Alumni Venture Fund Grants

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Project Interchange is excited to announce the first recipients of Alumni Venture Fund Grants.

Project Interchange provides a limited number of grants of up to $1,000 biannually to support impactful Israel-related projects and programs led by Project interchange alumni.

The venture fund aims to:
• Encourage alumni to develop initiatives inspired by their Project Interchange experience.
• Enable alumni to deepen their relationships with Israel and its people.
• Provide alumni with resources and connections to realize ambitious initiatives.
• Empower alumni to extend the impact of their Israel experience to others.

Congratulations to the first two recipients:

Ronak Desai (Indian American Media and Policy Leaders 2012): Writing a series of articles on the U.S.-India-Israel trilateral relationship





Joshua Sinai (Counter-Terrorism Experts 2002): Writing an in-depth report on Israel’s home front command–best practices for United States emergency preparedness.


The second grant cycle will begin in April.

PI Alumnus Discusses President Rivlin’s Visit to Agra

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Kanchan Gupta (Indian Journalists 2009) discusses Israeli President Rivlin’s decision to visit Agra during his recent trip to India, “CLOSED CIRCLE: How Israel Surprised the World.” Read more.

PI Alumnus Writes About Israeli President’s Visit to India

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Rezaul H. Laskar (Indian Opinion Leaders 2016) writes article for the Hindustan Times regarding Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s visit to India and the effect it will have for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “Israel President’s India visit to set stage for PM Modi’s Tel Aviv trip.” Read more.

PI Alumnus Publishes Study About Aligned Interests for Israel and Australia

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Anthony Bergin (Military and Strategic Analysts 2006) published a study with the Begin-Sadat Center of Strategic Studies called “The Wattle and the Olive: A new chapter in Australia and Israel working together.” Read more.

PI Alumnus Publishes Column on the Significance of Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Carmelo Jordá (European Journalists 2007) wrote a touching opinion piece in Libertad Digital (an online publication based in Madrid), “Lo que Simon Peres significaba para Israel,” translation: “What Shimon Peres meant for Israel.”

Mayor of Atlanta & PI Alumnus Defends Training with Israeli Police

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

On July 18, 2016, amidst chaos and violence between civilians and police officers in the US, Atlanta Mayor and Project Interchange alumnus, Kasim Reed, made a bold statement. In responding to demands from protest organizations to end joint training exercises with the Israeli police, Kasim said: “I’m not going to do that; I happen to believe that the Israeli police department has some of the best counterterrorism techniques in the world, and it benefits our police department from that longstanding relationship.” Watch full clip here and read the Atlanta Jewish Times article.

PI Alumnus Records Podcast About PI Experience

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

PI alumnus, Professor Mohamed Alsiadi, discussed the current situation in Syria as well as his experience in Israel in a podcast with AJC’s Scott Richman: “Before going to Israel, the concern was from my students’ perspective. I teach Arab students – Muslims and Christians from the Middle East – strictly first generation [here in the U.S]. They studied in high school or middle school that Israel as a state is the enemy and this is our only enemy that we have. We always had a feeling of how are we going to explain to them the meaning of this visit and the impact on the US. To explain to them that the only solution that we have is to make peace with Israel, not war.”

Full podcast: https://soundcloud.com/scott-richman-2/ajc-live-situation-in-syria-and-muslim-leaders-trip-to-israel

PI Alumnus Key Role in Renewed Relations Between Burkina Faso-Israel

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Renewed Burkina Faso-Israel relations as a direct result of Project Interchange alumnus Cheick Kader Yaméogo, 2013 West African Political Leaders delegation. Mr. Yaméogo successfully coordinated a private meeting between the newly elected President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and the Consul and Deputy Chief of Mission at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Itamar Roi. During his trip to Burkina Faso, Roi also met with several Ministers – this was the first time an Israeli official has travelled to Burkina Faso in over three years.

Alumnus from 1998 Shares Documentary About His Project Interchange Seminar

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Check out this fascinating 5-minute documentary created by Gregory Wendt, a Project Interchange alumnus from the AJC Denver Muslim/Jewish delegation from 1998. He discusses the importance of dialogue in situations of conflict, especially within the Middle East. Full video here.