Monday, 15 November 2010

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to bring to your attention a range of programs held by The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy before the end of 2010 and early 2011. I would be grateful if you could pass information regarding these programs on to anyone who you feel may be interested in attending.
We hope to welcome you and your friends and colleagues in one of these programs.

With warm regards,

Mark Donfried


The ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy:

“Understanding Multiculturalism: Exploring the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Diversity”

(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 29th November – 3rd December, 2010)

The program will bring together individuals with different fields of interest and levels of experience for an inter-disciplinary program of seminars, workshops, lectures and panel discussions, which will in addition to looking at the history and development of cultural diplomacy and its practical application across the world, look in detail at the notion of multiculturalism, considering diverse international case studies, featuring leading figures from the fields of economics, politics, academia, civil society and culture.

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Cultural Diplomacy in Africa

"A Unified Africa: the Challenges and Opportunities of National and Regional Collaboration"

(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 5th – 11th December, 2010)

On this occasion the program will focus on the following areas:

· The growing power of the African Union and its successes in promoting peace, stability and

· The theory and potential of regional integration

· The history of African cooperation, from the Organisation of African Unity to the present, celebrating nearly 50 years of regional collaboration

· Supranational African organizations: African solutions for African problems

· North African integration with Europe, the Arab World and Sub-Saharan Africa

· A Unified Africa: the role of Cultural Diplomacy

· African cooperation as a solution to conflict and humanitarian crisis on the continent

· Regional cooperation as a response to international dilemmas, focusing on the issue of climate change

· The issue of race: breaking the barriers both nationally and internationally between white and black

· Uniting and mobilizing the African Diaspora to aid in solving African problems

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Europe Meets China

"Europe and China: Rivals or Partners?"

(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 17th – 22nd December, 2010)

In addition to exploring the history and development of the field of cultural diplomacy and its application by Europe and China, the forthcoming Europe Meets China Weeklong Seminar will focus on Sino-European relations from a cultural, economic, and political perspective, and will ask the question, are they rivals or partners?

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USA Meets Europe

“Beyond Mars and Venus: The Transatlantic Relationship in the New World Order”

(Weeklong Seminar, DC & New York City, 03rd – 09th January, 2011)

Alongside The United States Meets Europe, participants will attend The Future of US Foreign Policy Conference, which will further explore the concepts of soft power and cultural diplomacy, and the role they play in US foreign policy. The Seminar will focus on the following themes:

· The State of Relations: Confronting Immediate Issues and Identifying Future Challenges

· An Increasingly Multi-Polar World: The Ability of the West to Maintain its Capacity to Project both Hard and Soft Power

· The Future of International Governance: Reconfiguring the UN Security Council and the Role of the G20 as an Engine of International Decision-Making

· Cooperation or Confrontation? Exploring the ways the West can work constructively with emerging economies to enhance their development opportunities

· NATO - From Afghanistan and into the Future: Managing Security Threats from both State and Non-State Actors

· In the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis: Coordinating the New International Financial Architecture and Preventing Future Crises

· The Role and Responsibility of the EU and US in Confronting Climate Change: Potential Agendas

· The Dynamics and Impact of Inter-Cultural Exchange within the Euro-American Relationship

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Cultural Diplomacy in Europe

“Europe in the Year 2030: Digital Technology, Active Citizenship, and the Society of the Future”

(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 04th – 08th January, 2011)

In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the forthcoming CDE Weeklong Seminar will ask the question "What will Europe look like in 2030?" The question will not only be considered from a political perspective, but also from cultural and societal viewpoints: Two focal points of the program will be the increasing influence of digital technology and the internet in our daily lives, and the concept of active citizenship as it relates to Europe.

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Arts as Cultural Diplomacy

“The Role of the Arts in shaping Europe’s Future”

(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 24th – 28th January, 2011)

In particular the forthcoming seminar will focus on the following areas:

· The Role of Culture in the process of European Integration: Opportunities and challenges

· Engaging with Diversity: artistic responses to multiculturalism and integration

· European identity, active Citizenship and access to arts & culture

· Berlin- an exploration of the political and cultural capital with its turbulent history

· How social, legal and financial conditions affect artistic activity

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The speakers during the Seminars 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 (for further information about the Advisory Board please click here.


The seminars participants will include young professionals and students, scholars and academics, diplomatic and political representatives, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world.

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Participant Papers

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages research and progressive thought into the fields of culture, globalization and international relations. In this regard, the ICD welcomes participants of the seminars to submit papers on this subject. The papers can cover any topic within these fields, according to your own particular interests and passions. Participants can submit work that they have completed in the past for other purposes, ongoing research or a paper written specifically for the conference. Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work.

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