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The ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA

"Options on the Table": Soft Power, Intercultural Dialogue and the Future of US Foreign Policy

(Washington D.C.; January 9th - 11th, 2013)

Program Agenda

History has shown that the use of hard power alone is not sufficient to sustainably respond to and to reduce threats to national security; as many of the global challenges facing states today require common solutions, which arise additionally out of cooperation rather than coercion. The goal of the ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA, therefore, is to instill new momentum into the debate over the role of Cultural Diplomacy in a nation state’s Foreign Policy decisions, and discuss the potential for intercultural dialogue and soft power to increasingly be used in the future.

The ICD Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA will provide an opportunity to examine and analyze the increasing importance of soft power tools and cultural diplomacy practices. The conference will offer ideas as to how the United States, as well as the rest of the world, can use smart power strategies to effectively implement Foreign Policy tactics in confronting global risks and establishing the framework for global peace and prosperity.

The program will explore the following themes:

  • The future of U.S. Foreign Policy over the next four Years and the potential Roles of Soft Power, Intercultural Dialogue, and Cultural Diplomacy
  • The use of innovative Concepts of Intercultural Dialogue to build Friendships and foster Trust between Civil Society Groups from the USA and the Islamic World
  • Strengthening the Trans-Atlantic Relations and promoting US-Russian-Chinese Relationships by using applied Cultural Diplomacy
  • The Responsibility of adapting U.S. Foreign Policy to intervene in the case of Human Rights Violations
  • The Potential for Economic Bridges to strengthen Dialogue and understanding between Cultures
  • The Application of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy in combating International Terrorism and Global Risks

Conference Timetable

  Wednesday,
January 9th, 2013
Thursday,
January 10th, 2013
Friday ,
January 11th, 2013
09:30 Registration   Participant Papers

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
10:00 Welcome Words

Mark C. Donfried
(Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
Prof. Max Paul Friedman
(Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, American University)

Location:
American University
Welcome Words

Amb. Andras Simonyi
(Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University; Former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States)

The Long Way to Peace in Afghanistan and the Role of Track II Discussions
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Ali A. Jalali
(ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Minister of the Interior of Afghanistan; Distinguished Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Lecture & Discussion

Speaker
H.E. Amb. Petr Gandalovič
(Ambassador of Czech Republic the USA)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
10:30 From Monologue to Dialogue in U.S. Foreign Policy: Soft Power and Anti-Americanism
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Max Paul Friedman
(Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, American University)

Location:
American University
Its the Power, Stupid" (Be it Soft, Hard, or Smart, its all about Power
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker
Prof. Dr. Christianna N. Leahy
(Professor of Comparative Politics,
Chair, Department of Political Science and International Studies
McDaniel College)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Soft Power, Dialogue on Human Dignity, and U.S. Foreign Policy
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker
Prof. Dr. Mark Lagon
(International Relations and Security Chair at the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
11:00 When Soft Power Works, and When it Doesn't
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. John Feffer
(Codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies)

Location:
American University
The Application of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy in Combating Extremism and other Forms of Radicalism
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H. E. Amb.Elin Suleymanov
(Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
The Application of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy in combating International Terrorism and Global Risks
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Andrew Bennett
(Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
11:30 Break Break Break
12:00 Participant Papers

Location:
American University
Winning against Terrorism? US Interests, Nigeria, and Boko Haram
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Onwumechili Chuk
(Professor of Communications, Howard University)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Professionalizing Peace: Reclaiming Soft Power’s Good Name
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Cameron M. Chisholm
(President, International Peace & Security Institute)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
12:30 Cultural Exchange and Connectivity through the Visual Arts, and the Accompanying Role of Private/Public Partnerships
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Lucian Perkins
(Award-winning American Photojournalist)

Location:
American University
Water, Foreign Policy and American Leadership
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Marcus D. King
(Director of Research at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
The Use of Innovative Concepts of Intercultural Dialogue to Build Friendships and Foster Trust between Civil Society Groups at the Global Level
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H.E. Amb. Arif Havas Oegroseno
(Ambassador of Indonesia to the European Union)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
13:00 (12:30) Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions
14:30 (13:30) Travel Time
Japan's Soft Power and Its Role in Promoting National Image
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Amb. John R. Malott
(President and CEO, Japan-America Society of Washington DC)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Art and Culture:  A Key to Diplomacy
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Jennifer Cover Payne
(President, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
15:00 Welcome Words

Kingsley Smith
(Program Director, National Public Radio)

Leveraging Culture and Diplomacy in the Age of Information
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Under Secretary Tara D. Sonenshine
(Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, United States State Department)

Location:
National Public Radio
Strengthening Transatlantic Relations and the Cultural Diplomacy of Estonia in the US
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H.E. Amb. Marina Kaljurand
(Ambassador of Estonia to Washington DC)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Lecture & Discussion

Speaker:
Harriet Fulbright
(President of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and Harriet Fulbright College)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
15:30 Cultural Relations Appeasing a Troubled World
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Paul Smith
(Director, British Council USA)

Location:
National Public Radio
The Use of Innovative Concepts of Intercultural Dialogue to Build Friendships and Foster Trust between Civil Society Groups from the USA and the Islamic World
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
H.E. Amb. Houda Nonoo
(Ambassador of Bahrain to Germany)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Participant Papers

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
16:00 Break Break Break
16:30 U.S. Cultural Diplomacy in the Era of Arab Uprisings
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Robert Satloff
(Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Location:
National Public Radio
Why Hard Power Matters in the Soft Power Debate
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Robert J. Lieber
(Professor of Government and International Affairs, Department of Government, Georgetown University)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
The Role of Cultural Diplomacy to Strengthen the Transatlantic Partnership
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Amb. Andras Simonyi
(Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University; Former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
17:00 Strengthening the Trans-Atlantic Relations and promoting US-Russian-Chinese Relationships by using applied Cultural Diplomacy
(Interactive Discussion)

Moderator:
Amb. Dr. Cynthia P. Schneider
(Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University; Former USA Ambassador to the Netherlands)

Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Andrew Bennett
(Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University)
Prof. Dr. Craig Hayden
(Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University)
Prof. Dr. Lenneal J. Henderson (Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore)
Nora McGann      
(Editor-In-Chief, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs)
Peter Mollema      
(Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the USA)
Linda Donavan Harper
(Executive Director of Cultural Tourism DC)
Dr.  Sheri L. Parks
(Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland)

Location:
National Public Radio
The Use of Innovative Concepts of Intercultural Dialogue to Build Friendships and Foster Trust between Civil Society Groups from the USA and the Islamic World
(Interactive Discussion)

Moderator:
Prof. Dr. Ali A. Jalali
(Distinguished Professor, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University, Former Minister of the Interior of Afghanistan)

Speakers:
Spencer Boyer
(Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs)
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Quibria
(Professor, Department of Economics, Morgan State University)
Prof. Dr. Tom Palmer
(Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Network, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute)
Leena El-Ali
(Director of Muslim-Western Relations and Middle East and North Africa program at Search for Common Ground)
H.E. Amb. Houda Nonoo
(Ambassador of Bahrain to Germany)
Prof. Dr. Max Paul Friedman
(Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, American University)
Prof. Dr. Daryl Harris          
(Professor, Political Science Department, Howard University)

Mark C. Donfried
(Director & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
The Future of U.S. Foreign Policy over the Next Four Years and the Potential Roles of Soft Power, Intercultural Dialogue, and Cultural Diplomacy
(Interactive Discussion)

Moderator:
Amb. Andras Simonyi
(Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University; Former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States)

Speakers:
Dr. Karen E. Donfried
(National Intelligence Officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, US Government)
Esther Aguilera
(President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute)
Spencer Boyer
(Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs)
Prof. Dr. Jon B. Gould
(Director, Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research, American University)
Carlo Perlo           
(Founder & Director, Dance Place)
Prof. Dr. Robert Albro
(Professor, International Communication, School of International Service, American University)
Prof. Dr. Paul T. McCartney
(Professor, Political Science Department, Towson University)

Location:
Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University
18:30 Welcome Group Dinner Social Activity Social Activity