Four Conferences hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Washington, DC and Berlin, Germany, January 3-9

Last Call for Applications


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The Future of US Foreign Policy:

The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?

(International Conference, Washington DC, 4-6th January, 2011)

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The United States Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders

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

(Weeklong Seminar, Washington DC & New York, 3rd – 9th January, 2011)

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the ICD, I am writing to bring to your attention the next two major programs hosted by the ICD in partnership with other leading organizations. We are currently accepting applications to attend these programs, and I would therefore be grateful if you could share the announcement within your network and forward the information below on to anyone who you feel may be interested in attending:

The Future of US Foreign Policy: The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?

(International Conference, Washington DC, 4th-6th January, 2011)

www.icd-usforeignpolicy.org

The United States Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders

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

(Weeklong Seminar, Washington DC & New York, 3rd–9th January 2011)

www.icd-usame.org

* Participants in the Weeklong Seminar will also take part in the International Conference: “The Future of US Foreign Policy: The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?” (Washington DC, 4th – 6th January, 2011)

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In addition, the ICD is pleased to announce the hosting of the 2 following parallel conferences in Berlin, Germany. The two conferences will take place simultaneously on either side of the Atlantic and will be connected through a live video link for 3 hours each day from 4th – 6th January, allowing both audiences to hear keynote addresses on the transatlantic relationship:

The Future of EU Foreign Policy: An International Conference on the Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions of EU Foreign Policy

(International Conference, Berlin, 4th – 6th January 2011)

www.icd-euforeignpolicy.org

Cultural Diplomacy in Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders

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

(Weeklong Seminar, Berlin, 4th – 6th January 2011)

www.icd-europe.org

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in raising awareness of our upcoming event.

Mark Donfried

Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)

Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)

Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719

Phone: 00.49.(0)30.2360-7680

Fax: 00.49.(0)30.2360-76811

www.culturaldiplomacy.org

info@culturaldiplomacy.org

The Future of US Foreign Policy: The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?

(International Conference, Washington DC, 4th – 6th January, 2011)

www.icd-usforeignpolicy.org

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, the foreign policy goals and priorities of individual nation states must increasingly take into account an interdependent, multi-polar international environment, and must increasingly balance the pursuit of national interests with the pursuit of global public goods.

Two years into the new US administration and following the mid-term elections, American citizens and the international community wait expectantly to see how America’s foreign policy approach will adapt to the new challenges confronting the Obama administration. Over the past two years, the international community has come to see soft power and cultural diplomacy play a more significant role within US foreign policy and international relations in general, as it has been recognized that these approaches can general multi-lateral consensus as opposed to confrontation. However, the challenges facing the international community within the context of globalization continue to deepen due to a fragmented international framework filled with mistrust, competition and economic and political fragility.

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore developed The Future of US Foreign Policy: “The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?” to explore the concepts of soft power and cultural diplomacy and assess the role they currently play in U.S. foreign policy. The program will then consider the potential for these strategies in the future and will provide clear recommendations for policy makers in the U.S. and internationally.

Conference Participants

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

The online application form can be found under:

http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/europeanamericanrelationship/index.php?en_conferences_foufp_application-form

Speakers

The speakers during the Seminar 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).

Speakers for the Conference include:

Alan Larson – Former United States Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs

Dr. Ali Ahmad Jalali – Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan; Distinguished Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, Washington.

Amb. András Simonyi – Former Hungarian Ambassador to the US

President Dr. Alfredo Palacio – Former President of Ecuador

Amb. Christopher R. Hill - Former US Ambassador to Macedonia, Poland, South Korea and Iraq; Former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

Dr. Charles A. Kupchan – Professor of international affairs at Georgetown University; Former Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council

Amb. Dr. Cynthia Schneider – Professor of Cultural Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands

Amb. Elena Poptodorova – Ambassador of Bulgaria to the USA

Ellen P. Embrey – Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Dr. Fred Charles Iklé – Former United States Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Lord Jack McConnell – Former First Minister of Scotland

Dr. Jackson Janes – Executive Director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC

Dr. James M. Goldgeier – Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Sir James Mancham – Former President of the Republic of Seychelles

Admiral James Milton Loy – Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the Coast Guard

James S. Robbins - Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times

John Feffer – Co-Director, Foreign Policy in Focus – Institute for Policy Studies

Dr. Karen Donfried – Executive Vice President, the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Klaus Linsenmeier – Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America

Kingsley Smith – Program Director – NPR Worldwide & NPR Berlin

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović - Ambassador of Croatia to United States

Dr. Martin A. Klimke – Research Fellow, German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Michael Chertoff - Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security

Michele Wucker – Author; President of The World Policy Institute

Dr. Miomir Zuzul – Former Foreign Minister of Croatia, President of Dubrovnik International University

Dr. Paul R. Pillar - Veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); A Visiting Professor at Georgetown University for Security Studies

Phyllis E. Oakley – Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research; Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration

Dr. Solomon Passy – Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria

Governor Steve Cowper – Former Governor of Alaska

The Hon. Senator Tim Hutchinson – Former United States Senator from Arkansas

President Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga – Former President of Latvia (tbc)

Vivian Schiller – CEO and President of NPR

Dr. Volker Berghahn – Professor of History, Columbia University, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Senator William Emerson Brock III - 18th United States Secretary of Labor; Former United States Senator from Tennessee; 8th United States Trade Representative

William Howard Taft IV – Former United States Deputy Secretary of Defense; Former Legal Adviser of the Department of State; Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO

Governor William Weld – Former Governor of Massachusetts

Certificate of Attendance

All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance at the end of the program. This certificate will confirm attendance and provide details of the speakers who took part during the program and the topics discussed.

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 Conference 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.

Sustainable Network

Conference participants will become part of a growing international network of people from across the world with different fields of interest and levels of experience, who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Online Network. This network represents a medium through which members can exchange information on research, job opportunities, related events, and coordinate their own cultural exchange initiatives. The ICD will help to support the participants in their future activities by providing guidance and advice on possible research topics and helping to support members who plan to organize their own cultural exchange initiatives.

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The United States Meets Europe: A Forum for Young Leaders

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

(Washington DC & New York, 3rd – 9th January 2011)

www.icd-usame.org

The United States Meets Europe is a network of likeminded individuals from across the world, who have an interest in international affairs, cultural exchange, and the European-American relationship. Members can join the forum by taking part in a USAME Weeklong Seminar. The forthcoming USAME Weeklong Seminar will be held in Washington DC & New York from 3rd – 9th January 2011, and will focus on the following theme:

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

The Forum is aimed at young professionals and students, economists, diplomatic and political representatives, and civil society practitioners. The weeklong seminar will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops and panel discussions by leading figures from the fields of politics, diplomacy, civil society, academia, and the private sector, which will offer a range of perspectives on the issues at stake, the challenges ahead, and the new strategies and approaches being taken to address these challenges. The program will be complemented by cultural and social activities that will provide an opportunity to experience the diversity of the respective cultures and provide networking opportunities between the participants themselves, as well as between the participants and speakers.

Participants

The Weeklong Seminar is open to students and young professionals as well as to all individuals with an interest in international affairs and transatlantic relations.

The online application form can be found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/europeanamericanrelationship/index.php?en_usame_application-form

In particular, the next USAME Weeklong Seminar will focus on the following themes:

  • The State of Transatlantic Relations Today: Confronting Immediate Issues and Identifying Future Challenges
  • Foreign Policy in an Increasingly Multi-Polar World: The Application of Hard and Soft Power by the US and Europe
  • The Future of International Governance: Reforming the UN Security Council and the Role of the G20 as an Engine of International Decision-Making
  • How can Europe and the US Work with Developing Countries to Support Progress in Addressing Poverty, Corruption, and Infrastructure?
  • NATO and the Future of International Security Organisations: Managing Threats from State and Non-State Actors
  • In the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis: Coordinating the New International Financial Architecture and Preventing Future Crises
  • Climate Change: US and European Perspectives

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The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

www.culturaldiplomacy.org

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 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

Previous events held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy include “A World without Walls: An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World”, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (www.world-without-walls.org). Speakers in this event included Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga - Former President of Latvia; Lord Anthony Giddens (Baron Giddens, of Southgate) - Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics; Former Director of the London School of Economics; Janez Janša – Former Prime Minister of Slovenia; Joaquim Chissano – Former President of Mozambique; Former Chairperson of the African Union; and Lord Jack McConnell - Former First Minister of Scotland.

In May 2010 the ICD hosted The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010 (www.icd-interantionalsymposium.org ). Speakers in this event included Bertie Ahern – Former Prime minister of Ireland; Emil Constantinescu – Former President of Romania; Sir Malcolm Rifkind – Former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom; and Kjell Magne Bondevik – Former Prime Minister of Norway.

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 (www.biec.de).

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

For any additional information please address any queries to info@culturaldiplomacy.org

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