Join a Discussion on the Role of Diaspora in Fostering Friendship Between Homeland and Hostland

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
August 25, 2011
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Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Co-director of the Diaspora Research Program at George Washington University, will join State Alumni on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT for a webchat on the "Role of the Diaspora in Fostering Friendship Between the Homeland and Hostland."

Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero acknowledged the importance of the diaspora communities in her remarks during the launch of International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) at the Secretary's Global Diaspora Forum in May 2011, saying, "In many ways, you are the most effective diplomats we could have."

What are the best ways to use diaspora resources from the hostlands to create more stable and prosperous homelands? How can the diaspora bridge understanding and foster friendship?

You are invited to join Dr. Riddle as she discusses this subject. She welcomes your questions or comments on how to involve diasporas in foreign policy and development efforts to achieve common goals, as well as how the diaspora communities could forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society and public institutions to make the engagements with their home countries more effective, scalable and sustainable.

Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. She has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the United States and Europe originating from countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East while studying diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 15 years.

To submit a question or comment now or during the webchat, please logon to If you are not a member of the State Alumni and you would like to participate in this webchat, please register here.



Melvin H.
United States
August 25, 2011

Melvin H. in the U.S.A. writes:

Amongst the more important outreach efforts that we in civil society can make to better engage in the multi-dimensional dynamic of acculturation between us Native-born Americans and our newly naturalized brethren. IdEA and ECA are to be commended.

August 29, 2011

W.W. writes:

Today it look like that 90% of world wide diaspora is a consequence of Violence of any kind From financial to war

The other 10% is a consequence of a violent Colonialist Vision of Islam around the globe to put under a Violent theocratic regime world population.

Again : why people have no interest in developping their own Homeland?

In which direction people should develop their own fatherland?

what model shall those diaspora people look to avoid same problem in the future in their homeland?

The warren buffet model the Jp morgan model the syrian model the quaddafi model, Sarkozy Merkel or U.K.?

in The horn of africa shall I move to create a sort of new Europe?new America or new Russia? to avoid poverty in the future? Or shall I move living in another ''rich ''civil''democratic''free country and be a slave of governament instead then nature.

Am i going to adapt my self to what the west consider civil in an Hostland where today 75% of population can't afford Healt insurance for their kids?

What can I indeed learn in a hostland ? How to become as Warren Buffet or Rupert Murdoch how to become as quaddafi or Assad?

Do have I the interest to get back in the horn of africa and be like Nikola Tesla and provide free energy to population at no cost for new children?

Mr.Muhammad K.
August 31, 2011

Muhammad Z.K. in Bangladesh writes:

Could I suggest the Panel to discuss the role of recently arrived emigre society in fostering trade induced security dialouge between South Asian Countries and USA?


Mr.Muhammad Z. K.


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