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Minneapolis Hosts the First Delegation of Elected Officials from Sister City Najaf, Iraq

Blog contributed by Jessy Belt, Deputy Director, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium. Having hosted over 50 professors, physicians, lawyers and business people over the past seven years, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) and the Mayor of Minneapolis were proud to host the first delegation of officials from our Sister City of Najaf, Iraq. On May 20 and 21, 2016 five elected Najaf Provincial Council Members, Council President Dr. Majeed Zainy; Vice President Mr. Hussein Al Isawi; Member of Najaf Health Sector Dr. Ali Al Shammari; Member of Najaf Investment Sector Ms. Sahar Al Fatlawi; and NPC Administrator Mr. Nabeel Asad visited Minneapolis. The group was escorted by Sami Rasouli of Najaf...view

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How Sister Cities are Strengthening Citizen Diplomacy

Bryan Yannantuono, Assistant Program Officer, Program Development, Cultural Vistas. View the original post on the Cultural Vistas blog here. View Sister Cities International's post on Medium here. Close your eyes and imagine a diplomat. Tell me, what do you see? Is it a sharply dressed person with a dark suit and a pair of round, thin-framed glasses? Or perhaps someone with a thick binder of talking points? Is this diplomat shaking hands with their counterpart in front of a pair of gracefully draping flags? Now open your eyes and look in the mirror. The diplomat is you. I’m talking about citizen diplomacy. Through citizen diplomacy, everyone can be a diplomat. A Short History of Citizen Diplomacy Citizen diplomacy has its roots in the belief that open-...view

A Sister City Summer

A Sister City Summer

Take a glimpse into the world of Sister Cities of Nashville Student Ambassadors on their summer abroad experiences. View all original blog posts here. View Sister Cities International's post on medium here. Didgeridoo! Eghosa Eguakun, Tamworth, Australia, June 24, 2016 Today in Tamworth we spent a portion of the day learning about aboriginal culture! We started at TAFE where Lenny, our guide, was able to explain to us the culture of the aboriginals and how they strive to be the one, a whole community. He invited some students and a teacher to speak to us about different aspects of the culture such as dancing, singing and playing instruments. We were lucky enough to be able to have a didgeridoo, a wind instrument, played for us! A didgeridoo generally produces one note...view

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