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Citizen Diplomats

Near the end of the Cold War, there was a historic meeting between distinguished American and Soviet Russian citizens. Those present included businessmen, scientists, artists and activists. Actor Dennis Weaver hosts this extraordinary program which documents the first tense and often passionate efforts at diplomacy that started these two vastly different and powerful nations down the path towards openness and mutual understanding.

This program continues to be relevant today. Offering an important message of peace, hope and the power of the people to overcome oppression even in the most frightening and dangerous times. Discover Russia during a critical period when freedom of speech and religion first became a real possibility. Meet the dedicated and desperate citizens who had been fighting against an oppressive totalitarian government for decades as they gain their first taste of liberty. Citizen Diplomat shows the importance of direct diplomacy with our enemies. Only in this way can we hope to find some common ground and effectively promote world peace.