The State Department has a lot of interesting programs in different countries around the world. Juan Cole mentioned the Arabic Book Program, whose mission is complementary to his Global Americana Institute project.
Believing that increased communication leads to increased understanding and respect, more translations can have a positive impact. Just as importantly, this program has a variety of activities designed for various groups. Relatively privileged English Literature students and refugee camp dwellers have different needs and interests, and it's encouraging to see that this program's organizers recognize that important fact.