May 17, 2013, Volume 5, Issue 1

May 17, 2013, Issue 1, Volume 5

Hosting Corner

Gathered to honor Judge Lloyd George (second from left) are, from left: Rep. Dina Titus, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, and Ambassador John O’Keefe.

WASHINGTON, DC – On April 19, Open World honored longtime host and supporter Senior U.S. District Judge Lloyd George of Las Vegas for his exceptional service to our rule of law program. The ceremony was held in the historic President’s Room in the Capitol. Among those attending were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who emphasized the importance of exchange programs in his remarks; Rep. Dina Titus (NV); Open World trustee and former Alabama Rep. Robert “Bud” Cramer; former Open World Board Chair James Billington; Jeffrey Minear, counselor to Chief Justice John Roberts; Open World staff; and five Estonian judges hosted in Las Vegas later that week by Judge George and the Rotary Clubs of Southern Nevada. During the ceremony, Dr. Billington praised Judge George’s commitment to exchanges and peer-to-peer networking. Dr. Billington also noted that Judge George was one of the rule of law program’s first host judges, and said that his continuing involvement had helped ensure the Open World’s success. Since 2001, Judge George has hosted 50-plus jurists from Estonia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine, and all have benefited enormously from his erudition, enthusiasm, and personal engagement in their exchanges.

In The Field

Nebraska Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (center) meets in his DC office with Russian delegates headed for Lincoln in February 2013. Rep. Fortenberry joined the Open World Leadership Center Board of Trustees in March.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Nebraskan John MacKichan, who hosts Open World delegations as part of the Friendship Force of Lincoln, traveled to Moscow in late April to join a two-week vintage automobile rally commemorating Victory Day (May 9), which marks Nazi Germany’s surrender to the Soviet Union. MacKichan is a 2009 Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee. Open World alumnus Konstantin Repin (far right in photo) organized the rally, which began above the Arctic Circle in Murmansk and ended in Volgograd, and included stops in Tula, Smolensk, and the Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Sevastopol, Odessa, and Kerch. MacKichan met Repin when the latter was hosted by the Friendship Force of Lincoln in February 2013.

Center News

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 7, just in time for International Women’s Day, Open World welcomed eight delegations of young women leaders from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine to Washington, DC, for orientation. Former California Rep. Jane Harman (pictured, fourth from left), who now heads the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, spoke to the group about the important perspective women bring to leadership roles and congratulated the delegates on their work. Open World hosted the delegates in cities across the United States.