Charge d’Affaires, Conrad Tribble, hosted a coffee at his residence on June 24 in an event organize in collaboration with VIA Círculo Jefferson Association, which brings together former Spanish participants of the State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). In a mixed format that included in-person participants and others joining online, a group of around 50 alumni experts in economics, international relations, law, civil society, culture. and education attended, reflecting the diversity of the participants in this prestigious program. After the initial presentation in which the Charge d’Affaires outlined the foreign policy priorities of the Biden Administration and addressed the bilateral relations between Spain and the United States, participants had the opportunity to ask questions. This meeting is the first in a series that will address different aspects of US foreign policy.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the main professional exchange program of the United States Department of State. Created in 1940, the program seeks to promote mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through short-term professional visits to the United States in which, through an intense schedule of professional interviews with their American counterparts, they learn about important initiatives. Leaders in their area of activity, participants learn civil society in the United States. They also learn about the American system of government at the national, state, and local levels, and experience American culture and social life.