The Open World Leadeship Program brings emerging leaders from Eurasia to the United States to engage with professional counterparts. The program was established in 1999 to foster cultural and political ties with Russia but has since expanded outreach to other countries of the post-Soviet region. Since its inception the program has brought over 24,000 delegates to 2,300 communities throughout all 50 states. Open World provides programming in areas such as Rule of Law, Accountable Governance and Social Services. Delegates have a one-day orientation in Washington D.C. before travelling to a hosting community. The delegates home-stay with local families and participate in a series of meetings, interviews, presentations, and panel discussions with experts in their fields.