The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010 in Berlin, Final Call for Applications

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010:

“Culture, Globalization, and International Relations over the next Two

(Berlin, May 23rd – 30th, 2010)

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

On behalf of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, I am writing to you
to announce the details of the next International Symposium on
Cultural Diplomacy 2010. The ICD’s International Symposium is one of
the world’s leading conferences in the fields of cultural studies and
international relations. Held annually in Berlin, the event will bring
together prominent figures from the fields of international politics,
academia, arts, culture, and civil society (to be found below) to
speak to an interdisciplinary audience on a variety of important
issues and challenges relating to international politics and culture.

We are currently accepting applications to attend the Symposium, and I
would be grateful if you could share the announcement with any
individuals who you feel may be interested. Thank you in advance for
your cooperation and support in raising awareness of our upcoming event.

Symposium Agenda

The International Symposium 2010 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. During this part of the program participants will
have the opportunity to experience Berlin’s famous ”
Carnival of

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. During these three days
the concepts of

“cultural diplomacy” and “soft power” will also be explored in more

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.

The Symposium will be split into the following three parts:

“Defining and Understanding Culture in an International Context”

(23rd – 25th May)

A Three Piece Puzzle – “The Relationship between Culture,
International Relations and Globalization”

(26th – 27th May)

“Understanding Afghanistan and Central Asia: Supporting Democracy and
Stability – The Path Ahead”

(28th – 30th May)

This final part is being held in cooperation with the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization (NATO), the German Marshal Fund (GMFUS), UNESCO,
the European Commission, the US State Department and in partnership
with leading international organizations.

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

Social Activities

There will be a number of social events taking place during the
International Symposium, which we hope you will be able to join us
for, such as:

Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures (23rd May 2010 14:00)

On the opening day of the International Symposium, participants will
have the unique opportunity to experience Berlin’s renowned “Carnival
of Cultures”: an annual event held to showcase and celebrate Berlin’s
cultural diversity. With over 4,000 artists performing, and more than
1 million spectators, the parade through Kreuzberg can be compared
with London’s Nothing Hill Carnival and is the highlights of Berlin’s
cultural calendar.


“Strength in Song”:

Live Concert by Marcia Barrett Lead Singer of Boney M (Wednesday, 26th
May, 20:00)

The world renowned singer Marcia Barrett (lead singer of Boney M),
will speak on the power of music to cross boundaries, reflecting on
her experiences in Northern Ireland, Russia, and Georgia. Following
her speech Ms. Barrett will perform a live acoustic concert of her
greatest hits for the Symposium participants, speakers, and invited
guests from Berlin’s political and diplomatic communities.


The Participants

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy is open to
applications from academics, diplomatic and political representatives,
civil society practitioners, journalists, young professionals and
students and other individuals with an interest in international
relations, cultural studies, and global politics.

To apply to the Symposium, please visit:

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 is
welcoming participants of the International Symposium 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
International Symposium. Groups of students are also allowed to submit
collaborative pieces of work. To learn more please

Symposium Speakers

We are privileged to include many distinguished individuals among our
speakers and guests.

Confirmed speakers for the Symposium include:

Aleksandras Abišala – Former Prime Minister of Lithuania

Dr. Alfredo Palacio – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former President of Ecuador

Ali Ahmad Jalali – Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan

Anatoliy Zlenko – Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Bertie Ahern – Former Prime minister of Ireland

Ana Trišić-Babić – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and

Christian Manhart – UNESCO – Chief, Section of Museums and Cultural Objects

Col. Andrew Budd – Branch Chief, Strategic Policy & Concepts Branch,
International Military Staff, NATO

Prof. Dr. Davorin Kračun – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Deputy
Prime Minister of Slovenia

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

Francesco Rutelli – Former Deputy Prime Minister of Italy, Former
Minister of Culture

Dr. Guido de Marco – Former President of Malta, Former President of
the UN General Assembly

Prof. Dr. Hans Köchler – Professor of Philosophy at the University of

Dr. Humayun Khan – Former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan

Ints Dālderis – ICD Advisory Board Member – Minister of Culture of the
Republic of Latvia

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

Janez Janša – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Prime Minister of
Slovenia (tbc)

Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Haynes – Director of the Centre for the Study of
Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University

Dr. Jiri Weigl – Chancellor of the Office of the President of the
Czech Republic

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

Sir Malcolm Rifkind – Former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom

Kalonzo Musyoka – Vice President of Kenya

Kjell Magne Bondevik – Former Prime Minister of Norway

Marcia Barrett – Lead Singer of Boney M

Mark C. Donfried – Director & Founder – the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Marina Pendes – ICD Advisory Board member – Deputy Minister of Defence
of Bosnia Herzegovina

Dr. Miomir Zuzul – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Minister of
Foreign Affairs of Croatia

Mohammad Umer Daudzai – Chief of Staff to the President – The Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan

Nick Williams – Head, Operations Section, Operations Division, NATO

Paul-Eerik Rummo – Former Estonian Minister of Culture and Education

Philip Murphy – US Ambassador to Germany

Sartaj Aziz – Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Vice-Chancellor of
Beaconhouse National University in Pakistan

Scott M. Thomas – Senior Lecturer in International Relations and the
Politics of Developing Countries, University of Bath, UK

Song Min-Soon – Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea

Solomon Isaac Passy – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former Foreign
Minister of Bulgaria

Stefan Sofianski – Former Prime minister of Bulgaria, Former Mayor of Sofia

Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga – ICD Advisory Board Member – Former
President of Latvia

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

Zeine Ould Zeidane – Former Prime Minister of Mauritania

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

For any additional information please contact us at:

With warmest regards,

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