Highlights of the Study Program in the United States include:

Classes in crisis management, global security, finance, economics and global health issues taught by:

Lessons in diplomatic relations included opportunities to meet with:

Sites of study included but are not limited to: New York Stock Exchange, the United State Capitol, New York New Jersey Port Authority Command Center; the United States National Archives; the United Nations; Gulfport, MS Port Authority Command Center, areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina

Legislative Leadership Institute in the News:

Sun Herald (Biloxi, MS)


Worldly Knowledge

International leaders study crisis response on Coast


GULFPORT - An international delegation of senior lawmakers traveling the world to learn about crisis management toured the Gulf Coast Friday in its only southern stop.

South Mississippi was the last leg of their trip, which also took them to New York to visit former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and the World Trade Center and to Washington, D.C., to meet with United Nations delegates for briefings on security, finance and commerce.

The lawmakers from Africa, Ireland, England and the United States said they learned much from seeing the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and hearing from experts about the Coast's recovery.

Rwanda Sen. Aloisea Inyumba said it has been interesting to see how other areas handle their disasters. She said crisis management is essential to the work that they do as policymakers and seeing how South Mississippi continues to recover from the worst national disaster in U.S. history gives them "a better perspective of the tragedies the world faces."

Sen. Jim Walsh of Ireland was encouraged by the resourcefulness shown by the people on the Coast.

"Adversity defines us in many ways," he said. "All three areas we've been to are fine examples of people who have risen to that challenge."