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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)

Conference Speakers

We are privileged to include as speakers many world leaders and distinguished experts from the fields of international politics, economics, diplomacy, the private sector, and civil society; these speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. The ICD is grateful for their contributions to this important event. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click here.

The following are among the Speakers for the Conference:
  • The Hon. Dr. Ali Ahmad Jalali
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan
  • Amb. András Simonyi
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Former Hungarian Ambassador to the United States
  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Bennett
    Professor, Department of Government, Georgetown University
  • Andy Shallal   
    Iraqi-American Artist, Activist and Restaurateur; Proprietor of the Busboys and Poets restaurant chain in the Washington, DC area
  • H.E. Amb. Arif Havas Oegroseno
    Ambassador of Indonesia to the European Union
  • Cameron M. Chisholm
    President, International Peace & Security Institute
  • Carla Perlo
    Founder & Director, Dance Place
  • Prof. Dr. Christianna N. Leahy
    Chair, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Professor of Comparative Politics, McDaniel College
  • Prof. Dr. Craig Hayden
    Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
  • Amb. Dr. Cynthia P. Schneider
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy, The School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; 61st Ambassador of the United States to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Daryl Harris  
    Professor, Political Science Department, Howard University
  • David Soul
    ICD Advisory Board Member; Celebrated American Actor; best known for his Role as Detective Kenneth "Hutch” in the television program Starsky and Hutch (Video Lecture)
  • Prof. Dr. DeWayne Wickham
    Distinguished Professor of Journalism and Chair Communication Studies, Morgan State University (tbc)
  • H. E. Amb. Elin Suleymanov
    Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the United States
  • Emira Woods
    Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies
  • Esther Aguilera
    President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
  • H.E. Amb. Houda Nonoo
    Ambassador of Bahrain to the USA
  • Ian Gillan
    Lead Singer and Lyricist for Deep Purple (Video Lecture)
  • Jennifer Cover Payne
    President, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington
  • Prof. Dr. John Feffer
    Codirector of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies
  • Amb. John R. Malott
    President and CEO, Japan-America Society of Washington DC
  • Prof. Dr. Jon B. Gould 
    Director, Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research, American University 
  • Dr. Karen E. Donfried
    National Intelligence Officer for Europe on the National Intelligence Council, US Government
  • Kingsley Smith
    Program Director, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Leena El-Ali
    Director of Muslim-Western Relations and Middle East and North Africa Programs, Search for Common Ground
  • Prof. Lenneal J. Henderson
    Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Baltimore
  • Linda Donavan Harper
    Executive Director of Cultural Tourism DC
  • Lucian Perkins
    Award-winning American Photojournalist
  • Prof. Dr. Marcus D. King
    Director of Research, George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs
  • H.E. Amb. Marina Kaljurand
    Ambassador of Estonia to Washington DC
  • Mark Lagon
    International Relations and Security Chair at the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University
  • Prof. Mark Vlasic
    Senior Fellow, Institute for Law, Science & Global Security, Georgetown; Principal, Madison Law & Strategy Group PLLC, Adjunct Professor of Law
  • Prof. Dr. Max Paul Friedman
    Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of History, American University
  • Meral Duran
    Managing Director, International Relations Consulting Network and Lobbying
  • Michael Mandelbaum   
    Christian A. Herter Professor and Director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Quibria
    Professor, Department of Economics, Morgan State University
  • Nora McGann  
    Editor-In-Chief, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Onwumechili Chuk
    Professor of Communications, Howard University
  • Prof. Dr. Paul T. McCartney
    Profesor, Political Science Department, Towson University
  • Paul Smith
    Director, British Council USA
  • Peter Mollema 
    Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the USA
  • H.E. Amb. Petr Gandalovič
    Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Albro
    Professor, International Communication, School of International Service, American University
  • Prof. Dr. Robert J. Lieber
    Professor of Government and International Affairs, Department of Government, Georgetown University
  • Robert Satloff
    Executive Director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Prof. Dr. Sheri L. Parks
    Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming College of Arts and Humanities, University of Maryland
  • Amb. Spencer Boyer
    Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
  • H.E. Amb. Stuart E. Eizenstat
    Former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury; Former Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs; Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade at the International Trade Administration; Former United States Ambassador to the European Union
  • Under Secretary Tara D. Sonenshine
    Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, US State Department
  • Prof. Dr. Tom Palmer
    Executive Vice President for International Programs, Atlas Network, and Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
  • Yasemin Elmas
    General Manager, Theabridge