Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
Cultural Diplomacy in East Asia (CDEA)
Introduction to the ProgramCultural Diplomacy in East Asia (CDEA) is a program established by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy aimed at exploring and analyzing the East Asian region and its growing prominence in an increasingly globalized world. The program was developed in order to strengthen relations between cultural groups and countries within East Asia, to improve relations between East Asian and other geographical regions, and to support East Asia in playing a more influential and constructive role in addressing global challenges. The program pursues these aims first and foremost by bringing together individuals of diverse professional and academic backgrounds, from across the world in order to discuss salient political, economic, and cultural issues affecting the region. These events sustain an international network of likeminded individuals, and generate best practice guidelines and suggestions for policy-makers and practitioners at all levels. The program also supports research related to its goals, which is then published online or presented at our conferences.
Program activity includes Young Leaders’ Forums, International Conferences, and other individual events, all of which balance academic components with cultural and social activities. The program brings together diplomatic and political representatives, academics, journalists, civil society practitioners, students, young professionals, and other individuals with a keen interest in the East Asian region. Participants engage in a diverse range of activities which are designed to raise awareness of issues concerning the region and its ongoing development. All events feature notable speakers from the fields of academia, international politics, diplomacy, and civil society, ensuring a thorough, interdisciplinary analysis of the key themes.
Program AimsCultural Diplomacy in East Asia pursues the following five specific aims:
- To improve intercultural understanding between cultural groups and nation states at the grass roots level
- To increase academic, artists, scientific, and cultural exchange between East Asian countries
- To improve economic, political, and cultural relations between East Asia and other regions.
- To strengthen East Asia’s capacity to promote human rights and generate consensus in the pursuit of global public goods.
Cultural Diplomacy in East Asia: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEA)CDEA brings together students and young professionals from around the world to discuss contemporary affairs in the Eastern Asian region during weeklong study tours in Berlin. The study tours provide the participants with an opportunity to learn more about salient political, economic, and cultural issues concerning the region and its ongoing development. In addition to academic components, participants take part in a diverse range of cultural and social activities that provide them with an opportunity to expand their personal networks and learn more about East Asia.
Cultural Diplomacy in East Asia: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDEA) is a network of students and young professionals who have an interest in exploring and strengthening relations with East Asia and between East Asia and the rest of the world. Participants join the forum by taking part in a CDEA Weeklong Seminar, following which they are encouraged to conduct their own research and organize their own activity in the field. ICD Weeklong Seminars are targeted at students and young professionals with an active interest in the East Asian region.