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Throughout the years, the United States has always been on the lookout for ways to improve the country's image overseas. Early in the 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt embarked on a round-the-world journey, and by the 1950s, various jazz ambassadors (such as Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman) were spreading that unique American musical idiom from Islamabad to Moscow. As it turns out, several Brookings Institution staff members have some rather fine ideas about how to share the best of America with the world. Written in March 2007, this policy brief authored by David L. Caprara, John Bridgeland, and Harris Wofford talks about the inherent possibilities of a program they call "Global Service Fellowships". The program would have American volunteers serve abroad with qualified nongovernmental organizations, faith-based group, and universities that are "committed to advancing peace and development." In the brief, they also suggest that Congress and the White House should work together to double the Peace Corps and increase support of other related efforts designed to enable global service. It's a very intriguing policy idea, and the paper is well worth a look.
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