A PSO trip would open important doors in Iran relations

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I was proud to read “PSO Explores Visit to Iran” (Jan. 17) that our internationally acclaimed Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra might be the face and sound of America’s cultural diplomacy with a trip to Iran.

As someone who studies international affairs, I believe that Americans can be a powerful force in creating meaningful and mutually beneficial dialogue through cultural exchange. Citizen and cultural diplomacy can build a foundation of trust that serves the longer-term goal of establishing influence and support for U.S. policies that can have positive implications for our national security.

The ultimate goal of cultural diplomacy as a gesture of good will is to influence a foreign audience, create mutual understanding and aid national security and democracy promotion.

Rock the world, PSO … let them “hear” what we’re made of!

CYNTHIA A. KARAFFA
Assistant Professor
Departments of Political Science and Sociology
Carlow University
Oakland


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