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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