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Citizen Diplomats Talk to Iran

By Susan Barnett


Albany, NY – As presidential candidates discuss their foreign policy views, there is a growing number of everyday citizens who try to build international bridges on their own. One such group is Women Against War, an Albany area group which began in 2002 as an attempt to create peace in Iraq. One of its members was selected to join a group of American citizens who got to meet and question Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinijad during his most recent trip to New York. Hudson Valley bureau chief Susan Barnett had a conversation with Priscilla Fairbank about that meeting, and the role of citizen diplomats.