The CID report was a periodical summary of news and commentary published by the Center for Innovative Diplomacy.
To us, national security means more than weapons."It means economically vibrant communities.It means health care and education,childcare, and transportation w ^worthy of ourcitizens. I fIt means decent, affordablehousing for every American."
CID's Fifth Year
This issue celebrates the beginning ofthe Center for Innovative Diplomacy's(CID) fifth year, a year that promises to be our most important ever. Whatbegan as a bold, even audacious dream by three Stanford students in 1982 hasbecome an increasingly influential national institution with more than fourthousand members, nearly a thousand of whom are local elected officials.The following pagescontain brief descriptions ofCID's efforts to reverse thearms race through a progressive coalition of local elected officials (LEO),municipal foreign policies, citizen diplomacy, international computer networking,and alternative security structures. These diverse projects reflect CID'scommitment to developing creative approaches for citizens to becomediplomats themselves. We believe that nuclear war can only be preventedthrough democratic participation in foreign policy-making, here and abroad.
DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF OCTOBER, THREE OF CID'S STAFFMlchaelShuman, Dwight Cocke, and Hal Harvey—made their firstsojourn to the Soviet Union. Along with eighteen other leaders ofenvironmental and peace groups including David Brower, the founder ofFriends of the Earth, and Phil Greenberg, energy advisor to formerCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown, CID's triumvirate visited Moscow,Leningrad, Kiev, and Erevan. There, they talked with dozens of Soviets,both officially and privately.
BETWEEN AUGUST 4TH AND lOTH, THE CITIES OF HIROSHIMA ANDNagasaki sponsored the First World Conference of Mayors for Peacethrough Inter-City Solidarity. CID's President, Michael Shuman, attendedthe conference as a representative of the mayor of Palo Alto. WhenShuman returned, he prepared this highly personal chronicle of what theconference was like-what the mayors experienced, what they discussed, and how CID managed to nudge the conference to "institutionalize" itself. The report is long, involved, and sometimes evenemotionally wrenching, but we think it's well worth your reading time.
Editor's NoteI ^J AThaentalfbilrositdenmcoaugnazteinreediCnIsDeritasfotyr eBaary,thAeryewa ecraembupusislynpeuwbslpisahpienrgs•/•Xcalled Taking Off. 1remember being impressed by the novel mix-W Wture of mature professionalism and youthful idealism apparentfrom the assorted items in their windowless Palo Alto office: an IBMcomputer in the corner, stacks of The NewYork Times and Wall Street Journalpiled against the walls and satirical posters of Andropov and Reaganhanging over the desks.Since then, I've joined the staff of CID as the editor of this bimonthlynewsletter. Unlike forthcoming issues of TfigCID Report which will containmore news and analysis, this first issue is intended as an introduction toCID's personalities and projects. 1hope that you'll find the interviews withour our resident doctor, engineer, and lawyer to be stimulating and informative. Their answers show that CIDencompasses a healthy range of viewsand expertise, united by a common commitment to prevent nuclear war.This issue also contains what will be two of our regular features. One is acondensation of CID's most recent working papers. This month we featureMichael Shuman's "International Institution Building: The Missing Link forPeace," which takes a critical look at recent books by Freeman Dyson andjonathan Schell. Another regular feature is "Citizen Diplomacy," in whichwe report developments in individual and community efforts to influenceforeign policy. This month's column compares American and Soviet effortsto. repress their citizen diplomats.One final aside. This newsletter is your newsletter as well. Please send usyour reactions and any relevant news clippings, and we'll try to publish asampling in our next issue.Alex Kline