Saint Leo Assists with Educational Tour Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State
August 18, 2017
Saint Leo University recently hosted a group of 16 European civil servant and government professionals, along with their U.S. State Department liaisons, for a special half-day seminar on U.S. and European security matters at University Campus. Before arriving at Saint Leo, the group had visited professional government counterparts in six other American cities, all under the auspices of a U.S. State Department venture called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The program exists to give rising professionals from other countries the chance to take part in themed exchange programs and learn about aspects of the United States—knowledge that will benefit them in their careers.
In this case, visitors came from nations including Albania, Croatia, Poland, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, and a business development office of the European Union. The visitors started in Washington, DC, early in July, and visited San Diego and Denver, in addition to other U.S. cities.
The last area the group visited was Tampa Bay, chosen for its strategic significance in security matters. World Partnerships Inc. of St. Petersburg, the U.S. Department of State regional partner for the IVLP, sought local destinations that would contribute to the visitors’ education. The group first went to MacDill Air Force Base for briefings from representatives of U.S. Central Command, which promotes stability in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Central Asia. The group also met representatives from U.S. Special Operations Command, which oversees protection of U.S. interests from terrorist threats.
The following day brought the group to Saint Leo’s University Campus, where the travelers were greeted by Saint Leo University President William J. Lennox Jr. (pictured in the blue jacket) and welcomed to an in-depth seminar. Professor Marco Rimanelli, a Saint Leo political scientist and Fulbright scholar who focuses on international relations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), spoke at length. Dr. Rimanelli (pictured lecturing) focused on trans-Atlantic security concerns affecting the United States, NATO, and the European Union. His overview also included a summary of the management and foreign policy philosophies of various U.S. presidents and the current Trump Administration.
Dr. Rimanelli was the 2013-2014 Fulbright-Schuman Chair on Europe-NATO. That position required him to teach graduate-level university courses in Western Europe to students with interests and concerns similar to those of the tour group.
The group also enjoyed a tour of University Campus.