One of the articles in USSR/USA (IC#15)
Originally published in Winter 1987 on page 60
Copyright (c)1987, 1997 by Context Institute

These organizations and publications supplement those mentioned in previous articles. For a complete list of organizations involved in citizen diplomacy, refer to the first entry below:

INSTITUTE FOR SOVIET-AMERICAN RELATIONS, 1608 New Hampshire NW, Washington DC 20009, 202/387-3034. ISAR has a good handle on the extent of Soviet-American contact by private and public organizations and individuals. Of particular value is the ISAR handbook Organizations Involved In Soviet-American Relations. This is published yearly (last issued in June 1986) and contains a listing of private and governmental organizations (American and Soviet), information on all kinds of exchanges, and a section of information frequently requested by American citizens.

CITIZEN DIPLOMAT INC., Steven Kalishman, 408 W. University Ave. Suite 303, Gainesville, FL 32601, 904/376-0341. This organization publishes a regular news journal entitled The Citizen Diplomat. They also have other publications providing information on how to create various C.D. projects.

PEACE CHILD FOUNDATION, 3977 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, 703/385-4494. The Peace Child Foundation organizes international touring companies of the musical "Peace Child" and provides information and assistance to individuals wishing to produce "Peace Child" in their local areas.

EARTHSTEWARDS NETWORK, 6330 Eagle Harbor Dr. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, 206/842-7986. Earthstewards sponsor frequent trips to the Soviet Union with special focuses. They have excellent contacts there which are being continually developed.

CENTER FOR U.S.-U.S.S.R INITIATIVES, 349 Liberty #2, San Francisco, CA 94114, 415/821-2558. This organization provides programs about Soviet people, history, and language and information about travel groups offering Soviet trips. Founded by Sharon Tennison, a pioneer in citizen diplomacy.

CITIZEN EXCHANGE COUNCIL, 18 E. 41st St., New York, NY 10017, 212/889-7960. CEC is recognized in both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. as an important sponsor of exchanges. It involves a broad range of citizens of both countries in its programs. They also offer educational programs in the U.S.

FELLOWSHIP OF RECONCILIATION, Box 271, Nyack, NY 10960, 914/358-4601. This group seeks to eradicate misunderstandings between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. They provide excellent resource materials, including printed materials and slide shows.

PROMOTING ENDURING PEACE, Box 5103, Woodmont, CT 06460, 203/878-4769. This organization takes groups of Americans to the Soviet Union for contact with peace, religious, educational, labor, farm, and other groups and take American high school students to meet Soviet students. They also provide high quality resource materials.

STUDENT/TEACHER ORGANIZATION TO PREVENT (STOP) NUCLEAR WAR, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617/492-8305. STOP Nuclear War sponsors three trips to the Soviet Union each year for peace activists, primarily high school students. Leadership of every group includes a student.

REFLECTION PUBLISHING, P.O. Box 309, Ithaca, NY 14851-0309. Reflection Publishing has put together Faces Of The Soviet Union: A Friendly View Of Our Soviet Neighbors, a beautiful wall calendar with full-color photographs of people in the Soviet Union and articles for each month that put the photos in context. Contributors include Sharon Tennison, Willis Harman, Scott Sears, Judy Thomas, Danaan Parry, Cynthia Lazaroff, Diana Glasgow, and others. Single copies $8.75; discounts are offered for orders of 5 or more.


Citizen Summitry: Keeping The Peace When It Matters Too Much To Be Left To Politicians, edited by Don Carlson and Craig Comstock (Los Angeles: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1986, $11.95). Don Carlson and Craig Comstock of Ark Communications Institute have assembled a thoughtful and inspiring collection of essays based on seminal thinking about human being and personal experiences of citizen diplomacy by Soviet and American citizens (including the article by Joel Schatz reprinted in this issue). I came away from this book feeling that we can create the future we long for, and that peaceful, friendly relations between the U.S. and the Soviet Union would be but one blessed side benefit of a planetary movement toward our full humanity.

(A companion volume with the same editors and publisher, Securing Our Planet: How To Succeed When Threats Are Too Risky and There’s Really No Defense (1987) suggests concrete strategies and programs for increasing global security.)

Citizen Diplomats: Pathfinders in Soviet-American Relations, by Gale Warner and Michael Shuman (New York: Continuum Books, 1987). Warner and Shuman have put together an extremely well-written and engaging account of nine Americans who have been instrumental in various aspects of citizen diplomacy. Part of the introduction is included in the article "Citizen Diplomacy" in this issue. The book contains a "What You Can Do" section, giving names and addresses of hundreds of individuals and organizations involved in specially-focused exchange and diplomacy programs.

Having International Affairs Your Way: A Five-Step Briefing Manual for Citizen Diplomats, by Michael Shuman and Jayne Williams (Center for Innovative Diplomacy, 644 Emerson St., Suite 32, Palo Alto, CA 94301, 1986, $4). This 30-page booklet is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in initiating a citizen diplomacy project. The manual, written in a lively, informal style, is sprinkled with interesting illustrations and descriptions of some successful programs. While the manual is not comprehensive and does not focus strongly on contact with the Soviet Union, it is empowering for beginners in citizen diplomacy.

U.S.-Soviet Cultural Exchanges, 1958-1986: Who Wins?, by Yale Richmond (Boulder and London: Westview Press, 1987). Yale Richmond, a U.S. Foreign Service veteran who worked for 20 years in exchanges with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, has compiled an exhaustive history of various kinds of cultural exchanges between our two countries. A good resource for citizen diplomats primarily interested in cultural exchange.

– Lila Forest

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