(Washington, DC) June 17 – The East-West Center in Washington hosted a reception to welcome the Senior Journalism Fellows from South and Southeast Asia, a group whose 20-day program includes tours through Washington, DC; Colorado; New York; Hawai’i; India; and Malaysia.
During the six-day DC field study, the predominantly Muslim participants attended briefings at the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congress, Congressional Research Service, the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, and the East-West Center in Washington, among other places. The program is designed to promote understanding between the United States and the Muslim world by providing opportunities for Asian and American journalists to meet and discuss issues that appear to have caused deterioration in their countries’ relationships, especially since 9/11. It includes off-the-record discussions with leading government officials, diplomats, community leaders, religious authorities, and other journalists who specialize on the Muslim world.
Speakers in this year’s DC leg included Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies; Scot Marciel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; and Mark Manyin, Asia Section Head of the Congressional Research Service.
The Senior Journalism Fellowship is one of ten journalism exchange programs administered by the East-West Center. To learn more about this and other fellowships for journalists, visit the Journalism Fellowships website.