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SIGNING OF MOU TO ESTABLISH SISTER CITY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HELENA, MONTANA AND STEPANAVAN, ARMENIA

SIGNING OF MOU TO ESTABLISH SISTER CITY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HELENA, MONTANA AND STEPANAVAN, ARMENIA WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL) is excited to announce that as a result of our Member of Parliament delegation from Armenia, a sister city partnership was established between Helena and Stepanavan. In April 2024, COIL sent a delegation…

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On the Passing of Open World Program Alumnus Alexei Navalny

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Office for International Leadership expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Alexei Navalny, a 2005 Open World program alumnus. The Open World program was Mr. Navalny’s first trip to the United States. His local governance-themed delegation was hosted by the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas, where he stayed with a host family,…

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Polish Open World Alumni Elected to Parliament

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WARSAW, POLAND — Three alumni of the Open World program – Agnieszka Buczynska, Jolanta Niezgodzka, and Bartosz Romowicz – have been elected for the first time to the parliament (Sejm) in October 2023, representing a new generation of Polish leadership. "The Open World program is a critical effort that demonstrates Congress’ commitment to spreading the values of legislative…

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10th Anniversary Delegation of Nelson Fellows from Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, DC — To recognize a decade of the Senator Ben Nelson Fellows program, a delegation of five battlefield healthcare professionals will take part in the Open World program November 7-18. After an extended orientation in Washington, DC, the Nelson Fellows will be hosted in Omaha for the remainder of their program where they will be hosted at the University of Nebraska Medical…

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Congressional Office For International Leadership

For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Open World Leadership Center (the Center) is announcing that the United States Congress has approved a name change to the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL). The Board of Trustees' voted to adopt the name Congressional Office for International Leadership to more accurately reflect the mission and Congressional affiliation…

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COIL Hosts First Latvia Program And Renewed Lithuania Program

March 9, 2023 WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL) launches its first Latvia program and a renewed Lithuania program this week with the arrival of two delegations from each country. These four delegations will be traveling on civic themes as part of a renewed push for programming in the Baltic countries. COIL's first-ever Latvia delegations'…

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OWLC Is Now Congressional Office For International Leadership Official Name Changed Announced

WASHINGTON,  DC - President Biden's signature on The Fiscal Year 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act last night formally changed the name of the Open World Leadership Center to the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL). The name-change language was among many measures included in the bill. As COIL, the agency will continue to administer the Open World program,…

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COIL Suspends Programs For Russia And Belarus Planning For a Post-War Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC - This is a sorrowful and trying time for Ukraine, our hosting communities, and all of us at the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL). Our recent delegation of war veterans and those that serve victims of war from Ukraine returned home early from their programs due to the hostilities that started against that country in the early morning hours of…

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COIL Announces Grant Recipients For 2023

January 19, 2023 WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL) announced grant recipients for 2023. COIL awarded grants to 11 non-profit organizations across the United States to implement the Open World program on the local level. All 2023 grant recipients will work directly with COIL to develop professional programming for more than 1,300 emerging…

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Medical/Trauma Leaders From Ukraine Examine Battlefield And War Injuries at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

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January 19, 2023 WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL), an agency of the U.S. Congress, welcomes a delegation of Ukrainian medical and trauma specialists to the United States on Wednesday. The delegation will visit Washington, D.C., and Tampa, FL, to explore critical medical procedures and issues in their efforts to support those suffering…