The March 2016 Issue of the Presidential Precinct Exchange.

The Global Leadership Forum will convene emerging leaders from over 25 countries to explore some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the Forum will bring together current State Department-sponsored international exchange participants and alumni, faculty and students from The University of Virginia and The College of William & Mary, and representatives from civil society and the private sector for a robust discussion about global leadership challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. The program will also serve as a venue for the launch of The University of Virginia’s Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. Prize for Global Leadership and The Presidential Precinct’s Young Leader Award.

Global Leadership Prize & Young Leader Award

What We’re Reading
Occasionally, James B. Murray, Jr. the Precinct’s founder, will share an article that he hopes may be interesting or thought provoking for the Precinct’s constituencies. In particular we hope to attract the attention of young leaders from around the world who may look to the Precinct for an unbiased, non-judgmental window into current thinking on democracy, the rule of law and best political practices. We will post each article on the Precinct Network in the spirit of stimulating dialogue and encouraging critical thinking. 

Scholar and former Dean at Precinct Partner University of Virginia Meredith Jung-En Woo observed this of the United States: “The founding documents of this country say that certain truths are ‘self-evident’… these same truths are decidedly not self-evident in many cultures around the world.” As a native of Korea, her insight provides a good lead-in to the following article by Thomas Carothers, who takes to task the traditional (he argues ethnocentric) American approach to foreign aid. Through Carothers does not mention it, his conclusions are bolstered by Precinct partner William and Mary’s “AID Data” program. All three sources lend credence to the Precinct’s open forum approach to the challenging questions of democracy, the rule of law, and self-governance. 

Our Impact

Central African Republic

2014 Precinct Mandela Washington Fellow writes about the recent elections in Central African Republic in an article published in The Hill. “
When Elections Work: What’s next for the Central African Republic.”  


2015 Precinct Mandela Washington Fellow produces and presents television show across Tanzania to highlight the work of young entrepreneurs in an economy where many young people struggle to find work.  

Do you have a story to share? Submit it using the link below and it could be posted on our website and featured in an upcoming newsletter. 


The Precinct Joins Global Ties U.S.
In January 2016, the Precinct was approved as the newest member of Global Ties U.S, a nation wide network that hosts the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). 

The Precinct to Host Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016

For the third consecutive year, the Precinct will host the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. 

Welcome Nancy Hopkins

We are pleased to welcome Nancy Hopkins as the the Precinct’s new Director of Programs.  
Nancy has over two decades of experience in international development and the nonprofit sector. In her new role she will lead development, implementation and evaluation of programs at the Precinct.

Looking Back: Secretary Kerry’s Inaugural Address

“And we do value democracy, just as you’ve demonstrated here at UVA through the Presidential Precinct that’s training leaders in emerging democracies.”  
– John Kerry, 
February 2013,
The University of Virginia

Our vision, three years later, remains to empower the next generation of influential leaders through education, collaboration, and digital networking.

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