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US Indo-Pacific Statecraft Matters for South and Southeast Asia (UMSS) US Indo-Pacific Statecraft Matters for South and Southeast Asia (UMSS)

US Indo-Pacific Statecraft Matters for South and Southeast Asia (UMSS) was an extra-curricular, leadership and educational program funded by the US Consulate in Kolkata, that imparted college and university students in India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the United States with knowledge of US Indo-Pacific policy and principles as well as professional and critical-thinking skills through an online virtual training toolkit and curriculum created by the East-West Center in Washington (EWCW). View the curriculum here.

Roughly 10-20 graduate students from each of the participating universities developed leadership, negotiation, and decision-making skills in classes and team exercises based on the readings in six online modules. Classes were supervised by university personnel who took part in determining which students from each university were chosen to participate in two diplomacy summits. The diplomacy summits convened selected students for peer networking and mock diplomatic exercises. EWCW selected US and regional experts on Indo-Pacific strategy to interact with the students during the summit. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a virtual summit was held in November 2021, followed by an in-person summit in Kolkata in June 2022.

The outcome of the program was a network of young leaders who enhanced regional connectivity through the skills and knowledge they developed over the course of the program and have a better understanding of the nature of US foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific.

US Indo-Pacific Statecraft Matters for South and Southeast Asia (UMSS) was an extra-curricular, leadership and educational program funded by the US Consulate in Kolkata, that imparted college and university students in India, Indonesia, Nepal, and the United States with knowledge of US Indo-Pacific policy and principles as well as professional and critical-thinking skills through an online virtual training toolkit and curriculum created by the East-West Center in Washington (EWCW). View the curriculum here.

Roughly 10-20 graduate students from each of the participating universities developed leadership, negotiation, and decision-making skills in classes and team exercises based on the readings in six online modules. Classes were supervised by university personnel who took part in determining which students from each university were chosen to participate in two diplomacy summits. The diplomacy summits convened selected students for peer networking and mock diplomatic exercises. EWCW selected US and regional experts on Indo-Pacific strategy to interact with the students during the summit. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a virtual summit was held in November 2021, followed by an in-person summit in Kolkata in June 2022.

The outcome of the program was a network of young leaders who enhanced regional connectivity through the skills and knowledge they developed over the course of the program and have a better understanding of the nature of US foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific.