The Washington D.C. Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation
"Future Prospects in International and Intercultural Relations to Enhancing Cross & Trans Continental Cooperation"

(Washington D.C.; November 4th - 7th, 2013)

Summit Overview

The recent deterioration of US-Russian relations was made more evident by President Obama's decision to cancel an official meeting with President Putin and by the tense negotiations on the Syrian Crises. These events highlight an urgent need for the International Community to take action to enhance cross-continental cooperation.

This current situation between Russia and the US clearly defines the significant differences of opinion on policies between the world's most influential leaders, thus making it evident that appropriate measures must be taken globally in order to ensure that further development of international inter-connectivity remains secured and sustainable.

Summit Agenda

The "Washington, D.C. Summit on Cross-Continental Cooperation" will therefore explore the ways in which intercultural dialogue and cultural exchange can be utilized effectively in order to achieve a successful cross-continental coalition.

The following issues will be examined and explored in the Summit:
  • The Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights
  • The UN Security Council and International Law
  • The Middle East Conflicts
  • International Trade & Global Economic Prosperity
  • Intercultural Relations as a Vehicle to Strengthen International Relations
The Summit is operated under the Leadership of:
President Franco Frattini
President of the ICD Organization for Youth Education & Development; Former Foreign Minister of Italy
The Hon. Bertie Ahern
President of the ICD Program on the Transatlantic Relations; Former Prime Minister of Ireland

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 Locations

Based in Washington D.C, the Summit will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city. Featured locations during the Summit will include:
  • US Congress
  • The Embassy of Bulgaria to the USA
  • The Embassy of Italy to the USA
  • National Public Radio (NPR)

Summit Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the symposia, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

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.