The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010

Symposium  Agenda
The change  over the past two decades from an international system based on independent  nation states to an interdependent world facing global challenges has been  widely explored and analyzed.
This shift has placed a higher priority on nation  states working closely with one another and pursuing sustainable multilateral  approaches to tackling global and regional challenges. The International  Symposium 2010 will build on the foundation of these discussions by exploring  the challenges that lie ahead and the complex relationship between culture,  international relations, and globalization over the next two decades.

This year’s  Symposium will be split into three complementary parts. The program will begin  by looking in greater detail at “culture” and “identity” and how these terms  are used and understood today (23rd – 25th May). The second part of the program  will build on these components by considering the role that culture plays in  contemporary international relations and the process of globalization (26th – 27th May). The final part of the program will apply these discussions to one of  the key issues that will determine global politics over the coming years –  Afghanistan and stability in Central Asia (28th – 30th May). This final part is  being held in cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),  the German Marshal Fund (GMF), and in  partnership with leading international organizations.

Further details about the event can be found at our website: <>

The  Participants
The  participants of the program will include diplomatic and political  representatives, scholars and academics, students and young professionals,  practitioners, Media representatives and other interested stakeholders from the  private sector and the civil society.

Symposium Speakers
We are privileged to include many  distinguished experts, ambassadors, professors and diplomats as speakers. A  selection of our already confirmed speakers can be found below:

Aleksandras Abi&scaronala – Former Prime Minister of Lithuania
President Dr. Alfredo Palacio – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former President of Ecuador
Emil Constantinescu – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former President of Romania
Dr. Erkki Tuomioja – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Finnish Foreign Minister
Erna Hennicot Schoepges – ICD Advisory Board Member Former Luxembourgian Minister of Culture
Isa Gambar – Former President of Azerbaijan
Jack McConnell – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former First Minister of Scotland
Dr. Jacques F. Poos – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Sir James Mancham – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former President of the Republic of Seychelles
Joaquim Chissano – Former President of Mozambique
Jytte Hilden – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Minister of Culture of Denmark
Prof. Dr. John Tomlinson – Director: Institute for Cultural Analysis, Nottingham Trent University
Kalonzo Musyoka – Vice President of Kenya
Dr. Miomir Zuzul – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia
Marcia Barrett – Lead Singer of Boney M
Marina Pendes – ICD Advisory Board member – Deputy Minister of Defence of Bosnia Herzegovina
Paul-Eerik Rummo – Former Estonian Minister of Culture and Education
Solomon Isaac Passy – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria
Dr. Vasile Puscas – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Romanian Minister for European Affairs
H.E. Yasar Yakis – ICD Advisory Board Member – Turkish MP, Former Foreign Minister of Turkey
Zhelyu Zhelev – Former President of Bulgaria

For  more information about the Symposium speakers please click  here <> .


The  Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
The Institute  for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD – <> ) 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 through 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, whose programs facilitate  interaction between individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional  backgrounds, from across the world.

Previous  events held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy include “A World Without  Walls: An International Congress on “Soft Power”, Cultural Diplomacy and  Interdependence”, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the  Berlin Wall ( <> ). In February,  2010, the ICD hosted the Berlin International Economics Congress: An  Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global Politics & Civil Society  in International Economics ( <> ).

For  more information on speakers who have attended previous ICD events, please click  here. <>
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