The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012
“Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risks”
(Washington D.C, June 26th – 28th, 2012)
Governments in the twenty-first century are faced with a variety of global security risks including terrorism, war and conflicts, stereotypes/ misconceptions and ideological conspiracies, to name but a few. These risks have manifested themselves in a variety of different ways, by actual violent attacks on citizens (September 11th, 2001) or through “verbal attacks” expressed via the social media.
Following these events of September 11th, national security issues have had a far greater significance and are occupying the minds and concerns of Americans in considerable ways, including both American politicians and American citizens, as well as having a large impact on American foreign policy. In addition, the rapid changes in our global world ranging from the rise of the BRIC countries, the unrest in the Arab world, the Iran Atomic Program to the financial crisis, have created an even greater burden for national security, and is forcing the American leadership to constantly reevaluate and re-assess their policy priorities and strategies.
Despite its vital importance, the use of cultural diplomacy in addressing global risks remains largely underutilized. In many ways, the application of cultural diplomacy practices can complement the other, more traditional ways of increasing security (military measures or increased access to intelligence), by means of exposing and challenging destructive ideologies.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012 will therefore focus on the role of cultural diplomacy in reducing global risks and increasing national security. The symposium will analyze and explore the opportunity of reducing global risks and increasing national security by adapting cultural diplomacy practices into both national and foreign policy strategies.
Speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, diplomacy, 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).
Participation in the symposium is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
Visit the ICD website for more info and to reserve a place at the symposium: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_symposium-on-cd-2012-usa