Citizen-Diplomacy, Past and Future: A Case-Study of Tempe Sister Cities, People-to-People International Arizona, and Global Ties Arizona, 1956-2021

Academic Year: 
2018 to 2019
Facilitator(s): 

Keith Brown | Director | Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies

Jennifer Quincey | Assistant Director | Institute for Humanities Research

The Citizen-Diplomacy research cluster will bring together researchers, librarians, archivists and community members around a multi-method, and multi-scale history of citizen-to-citizen diplomacy during and after the Cold War. We will focus on the role of civic associations established in response to President Eisenhower’s 1956 “People to people” initiative, and trace their changing forms, programming and status through significant geopolitical, socio-economic and technological change.

 

As international channels of communication have proliferated, and the speed and ease of travel and exchange increased, some organizations have struggled, or stagnated, while others have transformed themselves; some have expanded, others shrunk or disbanded. What factors have contributed to different outcomes? Do concepts like “soft power” (Nye 1990, 2004), “social capital” (Putnam 1995, 2000) and the capabilities approach to development (Nussbaum 2006) help clarify how civic organization and international engagement have evolved? How have changes in the salience of race, class and gender in U.S. domestic politics impacted the internal and external relations of these civic organizations? What can advocates for deeper international understanding and the dismantling of stereotypes of otherness learn from the past and present experiences of organizations in greater Phoenix?

 

ASU Participants

Keith Brown, Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Jennifer Quincey, Institute for Humanities Research

Denise Bates, CISA Interdisciplinary and Leadership Studies

Kristine Navarro-McElhaney, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

Alexandra Humphreys, ASU Libraries

Jere Humphreys, Herberger School for the Arts

Iveta Silova, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers’ College

 

(Photo courtesy of the Tempe History Museum)

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