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PERSPECTIVE – U.S. Public Diplomacy Towards Iran

PERSPECTIVE – U.S. Public Diplomacy Towards Iran

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For over 30 years, the U.S. and Iran have not held formal diplomatic relations. In recent years, tensions have risen over as Iran’s nuclear program has deeply concerned the international community.

Despite the lack of formal relations, and the many areas of disagreement between the U.S. and Iran, there is a variety of public diplomacy programs underway designed to bypass the Iranian government and reach out to Iranian citizens. Some, like the Virtual Embassy Tehran, are run by the State Department to overcome the physical barriers and connect with Iranians. Others, like exchange programs and science diplomacy, are less centralized and allow for in-person relationship building with the Iranian people.

This report explores several types of public diplomacy aimed towards Iran, and looks into some of the challenges and potential of these programs as part of an overall strategy for addressing U.S. national security interests.


US Public Diplomacy Towards Iran by The American Security Project


  1. […] ASP believes that public diplomacy efforts such as this are crucial in helping to create dialogue, foster trust, and build long-term relationships between the U.S. and Iran. By cultivating relationships with citizens, misperceptions can be battled through exchange and dialogue, and U.S.-Iran relations can begin to normalize once again, facilitating negotiations and benefiting both countries’ interests. For further reading, please see ASP’s “U.S. Public Diplomacy Towards Iran.” […]

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