OUR MISSION

Global Alliance is dedicated to building a better understanding between the United States and other cultures, specifically the Levant countries: developing public/private partnerships that promote economic activity; organizing leadership training and cultural exchanges; and ultimately offering young people hope for a better future.

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21st Century Civilian Construction Corps

We at Global Alliance propose the creation of a 21st Century Civilian Construction Corps for the displaced Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, specifically for young men who have been driven out of their country by the violence and destruction, and who find themselves without homes, jobs or hope, trapped in desperate living conditions.

A key part of our mission is to offer young people hope for a better future, and this project is being modeled after a program that U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt put in place during the Great Depression of the 1930’s which had similar goals. During that period, the United States had an unemployment rate that far exceeded 25%, and President Roosevelt initiated several work projects; one of the most successful was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a program that took thousands of “down and out” unemployed young men off the streets and failing farms and put them to work – building projects that are still in use today. This program was successful in the United States, and a similar program can help relieve the grave situation that currently exists with the Syrian refugees. A project such as this would greatly lessen the strain on the local governments, and also provide lasting benefits to the host countries as well.

Over a nine year period, the CCC employed about 3 million young men, ages 17 – 28, providing them with food, clothing, and shelter in exchange for the work they were doing. The Civilian Conservation Corps gave young men a sense of dignity and purpose, and it also gave them job skills. The CCC projects, which were set up in every state across the nation, also had a strong impact on the environment; over 2 billion trees were planted, numerous public roadways were constructed, and over 800 parks were created all over the United States – providing outdoor recreation sites that millions of U.S. citizens continue to enjoy today.

You can help us make this program a constructive part of the solution for some of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians living in desperate circumstances among the four countries surrounding Syria.  These work projects will provide an opportunity for these young men to improve their living situation and at the same time contribute something positive to the host countries – parks, roads, bridges and clean beaches that will endure well beyond the day when peace is achieved in Syria and these young men are able to return home.

CCC Camp BR-3 & 82 Carlsbad Project,New Mexico

“In 1933, with the entire country in the grips of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt formulated sweeping plans for emergency disaster relief. Jobless men everywhere struggled to earn enough money to buy food for their families while hundreds of thousands of young men from economically stricken households searched in vain for work.

Against this bleak backdrop, Roosevelt announced the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), an agency aimed at conserving the Nation’s depleted natural resources and putting unemployed youthto work.”

Christine E. Pfaff, “The Bureau of Reclamation’s Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy:1933–1942” U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, February 2010

1933, Photo ID: 53227 (324), Source: FDR Presidential Library

Empowering Women and Girls

Global Alliance has launched a special education project specifically designed to assist young girls in the Syrian refugee camps.  Partnering with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, our new initiative is also supported by AMIDEAST and HP.   

The purpose of the project is two-fold:  (1) to connect Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington DC area, one-on-one, with Syrian Refugee girls in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq – letting these girls know that indeed someone does “care” about them and reinforcing their dignity and self-worth as a person; and (2) to teach English language skills and critical thinking skills directly related to consuming information in the media – exposing Syrian refugee girls to independent media professionals who offer a vision for a possible career path; inspiring a desire for further educational studies in media; and enhancing employment potential.

The Girl Scouts – committed to “Building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place” – are natural partners for Global Alliance’s Syrian Refugee Girls Education Project; their founder Juliette Gordon Low’s goal was to have the organization become “the magic thread which links the youth of the world together.”  Our Global Alliance/Girl Scouts program utilizes the existing U.S. Girl Scout badge system – supporting the Truth Seeker badge, which aims to empower girls with the skills required to discern information.  In pursuing this badge, the American Girl Scout troops will aim to better understand the Syrian refugee story, and particularly the stories of girls their age.  All girls become better critical information consumers by learning how to evaluate resources, cross-check expert statements, and ultimately become what the Girl Scouts call a “citizen journalist.” 

We are establishing local “learning centers,” where multiple small groups of 10 to 12 teen-age Syrian refugee girls can attend regularly scheduled classes under the supervision of a qualified project staff person or volunteer, and multiple courses will be run continuously throughout the year, in different locations.  The intent is for the girls to be able to consume information in both English and Arabic, and to analyze the content of the information.  HP has generously provided lap top computers for use by the girls at these learning centers.  In addition, Global Alliance will also provide access to HP LIFE, a program of the HP Foundation, as part of the training offered. This innovative training program offers free online courses in seven languages, including Arabic and French, that provide basic IT and business skills training to empower users, many from underserved communities, to raise themselves up and create a better life.

Pilot Phase

Jordan has been selected as the country location for the pilot phase of the Syrian Refugee Girls Education Project – in and around the capital city of Amman – where the refugees are located in both designated camps as well as dispersed in urban areas.  This will provide an opportunity to implement the project under differing conditions and further allow us to most effectively replicate the program throughout Jordan and the other countries in the region that are hosting Syrian refugees.

Global Alliance is collaborating with AMIDEAST – a leading U.S. non-profit that specializes in providing education and training services across the Middle East and North Africa – as its local implementing partner. Founded in 1951 and with 12 offices throughout the region, AMIDEAST’s support for the project will include providing on-the-ground work space; logistical support; training in English language, critical thinking and other interpersonal skills; and follow up assistance.  We will be working with the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development and also coordinating with UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, to identify the most appropriate recipients.

We are working with local media companies and will be sending production crews and media professionals to conduct workshops at the learning centers:  documenting oral histories from the girls about their experiences; introducing the concept of a vibrant media sector; and exposing the girls to job possibilities within that sector. The girls will read and analyze newspapers and also hear from top level journalists, who will visit and talk about their work.  Where internet is available, we will also conduct social media training, and we are recruiting celebrities to help reinforce the importance of a transparent information environment. 

The oral histories captured in the refugee camps certainly will help the Girl Scouts in the United States earn their Truth Seeker badge.  But, most important, this project will raise awareness about the situations faced by young refugee girls in the countries surrounding Syria; enhance these young girls’ skills; and hopefully forge constructive relationships that will last for many years to come.

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Joseph Wright painting to be sold in aid of Syrian refugees

December 9, 2015

BBC News

A masterpiece of British art is to be sold in aid of refugees by a family which has owned the work for 170 years. Former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Godfrey Meynell, gifted the painting of Julia by Joseph Wright, to Christian charity Us. The group said the money would be used to help Syrian refugees in Greece.

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Saving Syria’s Refugee Children

October 12, 2015

By: Hala Kamaliddin, Darryl Hol, Valentina Ruiz Leotaud, and Dan McKinney | NY Times

Mohammad Abo-Hilal, a Syrian psychiatrist, is on a mission to help some of the two million child refugees traumatized by the war in Syria. This video was supported by The Global Reporting Centre.

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Iceland Caps Syrian Refugees at 50; More Than 10,000 People Respond With Support for Syrian Refugees

August 31, 2015

By: Elliot Hannon | Slate

Iceland recently announced it was willing to help with the growing humanitarian disaster in Syria that is sending Syrians fleeing for safety by the thousand to Turkey, Europe, and beyond. The Icelandic government offered to take 50 Syrian refugees in Iceland a country of some 330,000 people. As far as offers of help go, it didn’t come off as particularly heartfelt or overwhelming.

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Syrian Refugees On The Macedonia Border Need Help

August 28, 2015

By: Giorgos Kosmopoulos | Newsweek

The view was staggering upon my arrival in the village of Idomeni, near Greece’s border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Macedonia).

Up to 4,000 refugees, many of them from Syria, including many families with children, were trapped after Macedonia’s government designated the southern border just outside the town of Gevgelija a “crisis area,”closing the border crossing and bringing in military backup. The refugees were all trying to pass through Macedonia on their way to northern European countries.

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Ambassador Paul A. Russo

President

Over the past several decades, Ambassador Paul A. Russo has served in senior positions in business, government, and national politics.

He was appointed by President Reagan to serve as United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from 1986 through 1988, a position which required confirmation by the United States Senate.

Ambassador Russo is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University; he teaches a course on the modern U.S. Presidency as part of Georgetown University’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. Mr. Russo serves as the President of the Global Alliance Institute, a Washington-based non-profit institute committed to building better understanding between the United States and the Middle East. He is also head of a Washington firm that specializes in the development and financing of projects in the Middle East, with focus on the United Arab Emirates and northern Iraq.

Ambassador Russo was a founding member of a bi-partisan organization comprised of American foreign policy leaders who work to help strengthen U.S./Arab relations via television programming. During Ronald Reagan’s first term, Ambassador Russo served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, and he then became Deputy Under Secretary of Labor. Mr. Russo was a senior member of Ronald Reagan’s national campaign staff during all three of Mr. Reagan’s presidential campaigns. As Director of Congressional Relations in the 1980 race, Mr. Russo acted as the principal contact with members of the United States House and Senate and Governor Reagan.

Ambassador Russo founded and then served as Executive Director and Treasurer of Campaign America, a political action committee chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, and when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California, Mr. Russo served as Special Assistant to the Governor. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Levant Investment Bank (LIBank) and also serves on the boards of the Council of American Ambassadors, the Institute of World Politics, and the Council for American Universities Abroad.

A native of Ohio, Ambassador Russo holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, with additional studies at Case-Western Reserve University and Georgetown University.

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Walter Carozza

Treasurer

Mr. Carozza has over 20 years experience as an attorney, direct investor, executive level manager and fund manager, for both private and public companies, focusing primarily on the fields of healthcare and information technology in the United States and Europe.   He currently serves as General Counsel of Continuum Care Holdings, LLC.   Mr. Carozza is also a General Partner and investor in Perun Capital.  As an investor and fund manager, he has structured, invested in and managed private equity financings, IPOs, secondary offerings, reverse mergers, PIPEs and other financing transactions.  Mr. Carozza has also structured and overseen a variety of legal matters worldwide, and has negotiated, drafted and reviewed many United States and international transactional and other agreements.  

Previously, Mr. Carozza served as a General Partner of East River Ventures, L.P.   He also co-founded and managed various international investment and consulting funds targeted at both foreign and domestic early-stage companies.  Mr. Carozza’s prior experience was as an attorney at McDermott, Will & Emery, and Levine & Okoshken.   He has spoken extensively on international investment and legal issues and is fluent in both French and Italian.  Mr. Carozza was a Rotary Scholar in Law at the University of Liege.

Mr. Carozza received a J.D. and B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, completed work on a license special en droit at the University of Liege, and has studied Law at the University of Paris and the University of Rome.

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George A. Ramonas, Esq.

Director

President of The Advocacy Group, Mr. Ramonas has, for over two decades, effectively developed legislative strategies for his clients, as well as interfaced with federal agencies on their behalf. He has achieved dramatic results in his efforts to match a client’s capabilities with funding opportunities both within the Congress and among the federal agencies of the Executive Branch and has developed an effective process to assist clients in examining new opportunities for funding and program growth.

On Capitol Hill, Mr. Ramonas served for seven years as Legislative Director for Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico, a prominent Republican Senator and former Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

In his capacity as Legislative Director, Mr. Ramonas developed the reputation as one of the top experts in the Senate on the budget, authorization, and appropriation processes.

From 1985 to 1991, Mr. Ramonas was in private practice, representing various universities and state-of-the-art technology companies. His practice specialized in promoting a federal financial role for high technology and critical technology infrastructure for various projects throughout the country.

George Ramonas is a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law.

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