Building Peace Over Water in the Lower Jordan Valley: A Sister Cities Coalition
When The People Lead – Featurette Trailer

Multilateral Cities

Citizen Diplomacy Initiatives (CDI) promotes and supports diplomacy through municipal relations with Russian cities; our first major city partnership was Novorossiysk during the Cold War in 1982. With more than 75 existing relationships, we are in a unique position to connect counterparts for collaborative projects.

By pairing Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian cities together with a U.S. city in a multilateral sister city relationship, a platform for dialogue, participation, and citizen diplomacy will be created that will foster permanent relationships between cities. Our platform for these important partnerships is called Jordan Valley Sister Cities.

When the People Lead

In 2011, a Citizen Diplomacy Initiatives (CDI) delegation from the United States ​traveled to Middle East to promote the goals of CDI with local and government officials, as well as the film crew for When the People Lead documentary. By producing and promoting this documentary, countless people will be inspired by the endless possibilities of this initiative.

Expanding Travel

By expanding the travel of people between the U.S. and the Middle East, people will have the opportunity to participate in Citizen Diplomacy, learn about new cultures, and build life-long friendships. For more information and opportunities to travel, visit


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