The Moscow Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation 2014
"Using Russian Cultural Diversity and Heritage to Promote Further Co-operation Between Russia, USA, Europe and China"

(Moscow; March 19th - 21st, 2014)

Summit Overview

The Russian Federation currently stands as one of the largest and most powerful states in the world; emerging from a decade of post-Soviet era, it has reasserted itself as one of the leading world powers in recent years. Since the opening of its borders after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has experienced a growing international exchange and influx of Western culture, shifting gradually to capitalist ideologies. Russia continues to implement the international commitments of the USSR, and in addition to securing the USSR's permanent seat in the UN Security Council and membership in other international organizations, has furthermore assumed the rights and obligations under international treaties, as well as all property and debts.

In spite of the political tensions, Russia's Foreign Policy remains open to international dialogue and cooperation, most notably in that St. Petersburg has been appointed as the meeting point of the 2013 G20 Summit, where international cooperation on the most salient issues of the global economic and financial agenda is to be discussed. Additionally, Russia maintains diplomatic relations with 191 countries and sustains 144 embassies worldwide.

Besides its vast extension over nine time zones, The Russian Federation includes great cultural diversity: since the incorporation of various groups from Tsarist and Soviet Union eras, 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples live within the Russian Federation borders speaking 100 different languages, for which about 20% account to Tatars, Ukrainians, Bashkirs, Chuvashes and countless others.

The "Moscow Summit on Cross-Continental Cooperation 2013" will discuss the future prospects of international and intercultural relations for the development of Russia and its efforts for stronger relationships between Europe, China, and the USA. The 2013 Summit will focus on the current role of Russia in the international scene with the aims of using Russian cultural diversity and heritage to promote further cooperation between Russia, the USA, Europe, and China. The conference will furthermore provide a platform to discuss possible outcomes that could occur if greater collaboration between the leading world powers were to be developed.

Summit Speakers

Speakers and delegates during the conferences will include, among others, heads of state and leading politicians, chief diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here

Summit Participants

Participation in the summit events is by invitation only.

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more »)

Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the summit, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the summit. Following the summit, select papers will be chosen to be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to all governments and leaders of the international community following the summit.

Certificate of Attendance

All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD Advisory Board.