To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America's democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.
Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress
"Since 1999, Open World has brought more than 12,000 young leaders to the United States from Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Uzbekistan. Through Open World, mayors, legislators, judges, civil servants, educators and entrepreneurs from across the former Soviet Union have come to know the real America. And whether the ideas they take home are practical, such as publishing city council meeting times in the local paper, or more abstract, such as understanding the importance of judicial impartiality to the rule of law, the net effect of Open World is to strengthen the democratic process in their countries."
Ambassador John O'Keefe, Executive Director
"The American hosts who welcome Open World delegates into their homes, and the professionals who are so open to trading ideas and experiences with their Eurasian counterparts, are what makes this program a success. For both our guests and the Americans who come to know them, it is a journey that does not end when the plane departs. Enduring partnerships ensure that all who participate continue to enrich their lives and grow in their chosen fields. Open World participants bring home an image of an America different from the media stereotype and Americans understand better the nations of their guests and just how closely our destinies are tied."