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The ICD Annual Academic Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2011
“Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations: New Actors, New Initiatives, New Targets”
(Berlin, December 15th - 18th, 2011)

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is currently accepting applications for our annual flagship event, which will take place in Berlin, from December 15th - 18th, 2011. The event will bring together governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions and social and cultural activities featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, the arts, academia, media, and business.

The “ICD Annual Academic Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2011” is the concluding conference of the Institute’s Cultural Diplomacy year. Taking place in Berlin, the aim of the conference is to review in detail, debate and evaluate the year in terms of Cultural Diplomacy.

This end of year academic conference will bring together scholars, politicians, diplomats, activists and young professionals to discuss Cultural Diplomacy within International Relations. Ranging from broad topics of discussion to specific areas of Cultural Diplomacy, the annual conference will provide a wide and detailed analysis of Cultural Diplomacy for 2011.

In the post-9/11 world, Cultural Diplomacy and ‘soft power’ tools have taken precedence in many state foreign policies. ‘Soft Power’ is fast becoming the international political currency and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is paving the way for greater discussion and action. This conference will focus on and analyze Cultural Diplomacy and it’s relationships with International Relations, Institutions and Global Governance, Civil Society, the Private Sector and Religion.

The conference is open to applications from governmental and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, young professionals, students and scholars, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world.

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The speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector, from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

Speakers for the Conference include:

  • Yves Leterme – Prime Minister of Belgium [/*:m]
  • Theodoros Pangalos - Deputy Prime Minister of Greece [/*:m]
  • Dr. Erkki Tuomioja - Foreign Minister of Finland [/*:m]
  • Dr. Erhard Busek - Former Vice-Chancellor of Austria [/*:m]
  • The Hon. Dr. Alfredo Palacio - Former President of Ecuador [/*:m]
  • Philip Dodd - BBC Broadcaster, Writer and Editor [/*:m]
  • The Hon. Rexhep Meidani - Former President of Albania[/*:m]
  • The Hon. Yasar Yakis - Former Foreign Minister of Turkey [/*:m]
  • The Hon. Dr. Zvonimir Paul Separovic - Former Minister of Justice of Croatia[/*:m]
  • Dr. Fawaz A. Gerges - Director of the Middle East Centre, London School of Economics[/*:m]
  • The Hon. Selmo Cikotić - Minister of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina[/*:m][/list:u]
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    The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

    The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programs that facilitate interaction among individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.
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