I read with interest the Opinion page article "America's Role in Aiding Thai Democracy," Oct. 27. Readers might be interested in another aspect of America's cooperation with Thailand in support of democratic goals. Thailand's newly elected pro-democracy government includes an extensive list of those who have learned about the United States by participating in programs such as the International Visitor Program, sponsored by the United States Information Agency (USIA). The program provides an orientation t o the US with visits to homes, businesses, schools, and government.
More than 100,000 persons have participated in the International Visitor Program since its inception 52 years ago. This includes some 133 individuals who went on to become heads of state and 1,428 from around the world who rose to ministerial and parliamentary posts. Henry E. Catto, Washington, Director, USIA
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