|Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
About the Academy
Learn more about the President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy Dr. Emil Constantinescu (Former President of Romania; Former President & Rector of the University of Bucharest)
The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy is the academic department within the ICD that works to analyze and raise awareness of the practice of cultural diplomacy by governments and non-state actors, and to explore new strategies for the strengthening of intercultural relations in general. Areas of particular academic focus for the Academy include the balance of hard and soft power, intercultural exchange, the process of globalization, the interdependence of nation states, and the use of cultural initiatives to generate mutual understanding.
The Academy organizes the following four separate forms of activity:
The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (part of the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy) is the world’s leading center for the study of cultural diplomacy, offering educational opportunities ranging from week-long seminars for undergraduate students and interested professionals to master’s and doctoral programs for graduates pursuing careers in academia, diplomacy, government and/or the private sector dedicated either wholly or in part to the field of cultural diplomacy.
The educational programs of the Academy, offered in partnership with leading universities and institutions, allow participants to analyze, research and experience cultural diplomacy in theory and in practice at the local, state and international levels.
Thematic Programs are programs focused on specific political, cultural, or economic issues, or which concentrate on a particular geographical region or area. The Thematic Programs focus on the implementation and utility of Cultural Diplomacy as a tool to promote cooperation and understanding in a number of areas. Each Thematic Program includes a variety of activities based on a particular theme, ranging from International Conferences and Global Events to Interactive Panel Discussions, and Exhibitions.
Cultural Diplomacy Research (CDR) is a program undertaken by the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. CDR is an internet resource for the latest and most important developments in the field of Cultural Diplomacy. We believe that by providing an informed portal to a diverse and current range of examples of cultural diplomacy, we can increase access to cultural diplomacy, and highlight the potential of this important tool in healing conflicts and strengthening bilateral relations, where traditional diplomacy fails.
The Academy organizes a number of international conferences, which take place throughout the year and around the world. The international conferences provide an opportunity for larger audiences to actively participate and engage in lectures, debates, and discussions featuring high profile figures from the fields of international politics, diplomacy, culture, academia, and the private sector. The events have an inclusive participation policy and are open to individuals from all academic, cultural, and professional backgrounds.
Over the past years we have welcomed to our programs thousands of academics, diplomats and politicians, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, from across the world. During the same period, a vast number of current and former Heads of State and Ministers, world-renowned academics, Nobel-prize winning innovators, champions for global peace, and celebrities, have contributed to the Academy events as speakers and partners.