Will International Volunteers Help Restore America's Reputation Abroad?
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan is an international humanitarian activist and an outspoken voice on issues of world peace and justice. Queen Noor plays a major role in promoting international exchange and understanding of Arab and Muslim culture and politics, Arab-Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees, missing persons, poverty and disarmament. She has also helped found media programs to highlight these issues. Her conflict recovery and peacebuilding work over the past decade has focused on the Middle East, the Balkans, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.
As President and Honorary President of United World Colleges, Queen Noor and Nelson Mandela unite to foster peace and international understanding through the global education initiative.Queen Noor‘s work in Jordan since 1978 has focused on national development needs in the areas of education, sustainable development, human rights and cross-cultural understanding. She is also actively involved with international and UN organizations that address global challenges in these fields.
The initiatives of the Noor Al Hussein Foundation (NHF) which she chairs have transformed development thinking in Jordan through pioneering programs in the areas of poverty eradication, health, women’s empowerment, microfinance, and arts as a medium for social development and cross-cultural exchange, many of which are internationally acclaimed models for the Middle East and the developing world. As chair of the King Hussein Foundation, Queen Noor dedicates the Sun Microsystems Center at the Foundation’s Jubilee School for exceptional students, a pioneer in distance and computer-assisted learning.
Question: Will international volunteers help restore America's reputation abroad?
Queen Noor: I think young Americans, Americans who have been professionals and have retired, there are of all ages and from all sectors, Americans who are serving in some fashion or another in many different parts of the world. And they, there are ambassadors, those who are humble and respectful and open to learning and exchanging with other cultures are the ones who really represent the best of this nation and bring back to this country from their experiences abroad so much of value not only to their families and their communities but to policy makers as well if those policy makers are willing to listen. The next administration is going to have to draw upon a wide array of resources to try to… it’s not just a question of improving the image of the United States in the world, but for the United States to engage again in the world in a way that it’s not just focused on a certain aspects of national security, but is understanding that national security has to derive from the relationships and the partnerships, the mutually respectful and mutually beneficial partnerships that can be established with different countries, governments, different international institutions and people on the ground.
Americans who serve around the world represent the best of the U.S., Queen Noor says.
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