US-Iranian Inter-religious Delegation (Completed Program)

Over a four-year period between 2003 and 2007, ICRD embarked on a number of multi-track diplomatic initiatives between US and Iranian religious and civil society actors and policymakers. These included: cultural visits and exchanges; informal dialogues on Capitol Hill; a conference in Rome of American, Iranian, and Norwegian scholars; and a personal exchange between ICRD’s then-President Dr. Douglas Johnston and then-Iranian President Ahmadinejad regarding a proposed ‘peace game’ for selected political, academic, and religious leaders from each country.

ICRD is currently exploring new ways to keep open informal channels for constructive dialogue with Iranians, with an eye toward issues concerning religious tolerance and freedom.