The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World

"The Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions"

(Berlin; July 26th - 30th, 2016)
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
13:00 Registrations
Opening Session
14:00 Welcome Address
President Emil Constantinescu
(President, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania)
14:15 Cultural Diplomacy for a New Global Approach”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari
(Minister; Qatar’s Candidate for the Position of Director General of UNESCO;
Adviser at the Amiri Diwan)
15:30 Break 
16:00  The World as I See It - Faith and Peace”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
(Member of the Parliament of Malaysia)
16:30 “Cultural Diplomacy for Sustainable Development: The Example of Djibouti in Promoting Peace and Shared Prosperity thanks to Cultural Bridges.”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Ali Soubaneh Atteyeh
(President of the Legislation Commission and of the General Administration of the African Parliamentary Union, Deputy of the National Assembly of Djibouti)
17:00 Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World”
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
17:30 Best Practices of Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World”
(Interactive Discussion)
Moderator:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)

President Emil Constantinescu
(President, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania)
Grand Mufti H. Skender Bruçaj
(Grand Mufti of the Albanian Muslim Community)
MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
(Member of the Parliament of Iraq, Leader of the Al-Ahrar Bloc)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
Idriss Benarafa
(Editor-in-Chief, the Moroccan Times)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
(Member of the Parliament of Malaysia)
MP Ali Soubaneh Atteyeh
(President of the Legislation Commission and of the General Administration of the African Parliamentary Union, Deputy of the National Assembly of Djibouti)
19:00 “Pakistan Evening”
19:15 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Jauhar Saleem
(Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany)
19:45 Keynote Speech
Mr. Jamal Ahmed Qaiser
(German Pakistani Business Entrepreneur; Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador and UN Commission)
19:55 Folk Instrumental Live Performance
Ustad Ashraf Shareef Khan & Friends
20:30 Pakistan Embassy Reception with Pakistani Cuisine
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
9:00 “The Migration Crisis in Syria and its Impacts on International Security”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Stephan Mayer
(Member of the German Parliament)
10:00 “Cultural Diplomacy in Oman as a Means for Cultural Understanding”
(Keynote Address)
The Hon. Mohammed Abubaker Al Ghasani
(Deputy Chairman of Majlis A'shura Council of Oman)
10:30 "Difference and Cultural Signification"
(Keynote Address)
MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
(Member of the Parliament of Iraq, Leader of the Al-Ahrar Bloc)
11:00 Break
11:30 "A view on Uruguayan Partnership with the Arab World"
(Keynote Address)
H.E. Amb. Alberto Antonio Guani Amarilla
(Ambassador of Uruguay to Germany)
12:00 “Religious Coexistence and Interfaith Dialog: Albanian Case”
(Keynote Speech)
H. Skender Bruçaj
(Chairman of Albanian Muslim Community)
13:00 Lunch Break
15:00 “Morocco's Model in Fighting Terrorism as a New Form of Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Speech)
Idriss Benarafa
(Editor-in-Chief, the Moroccan Times)
15:45 Graduating Global Citizens Open to Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue through Education”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
16:30 Break 
17:00 The Specificity of Islam in BiH: The Interaction of Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Arab world”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Speaker Safet Softić
(Speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
17:45 “The Bridge between Arab and European Muslims. Tourism, Socio-Cultural Factor that Links East and West”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Mirsad Isaković           
(Chair of the Gender Equality Committee of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
18:30 Arabic Language, Cultural Manifestation and Economic Activities in B&H
(Keynote Speech)
MP Maja Gasal Vrazalica
Member of Parliament of Bosnia & Herzegovina
19:00 “Egypt Evening”
19:00 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Badr Ahmed Mohamed Abdelatty
(Ambassador of Egypt to Germany)
19:15 In Search of Understanding: A public diplomacy initiative fostering a Culture of peace”
(Keynote Speech)
Amb. Mohamed Kazem
(Deputy Assistant of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for a Culture of Dialogue, Coexistence and Outreach among People)
20:00 Live Egyptian Cultural Performance
20:30 Egypt Embassy Reception with Egyptian Cuisine
Thursday, July 28th, 2016
9:00 The Challenges of Marital Patterns in Contemporary Yemen”
 (Presentation)
Tamara Khamis
(MA Student, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)
9:30 “The Diversity of Cultural Heritage in the Arab world as A target of the Terrorist Attacks”
(Presentation)
Yara Moualla
(PhD Student, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)
10:00 "le soufisme, vecteur de paix et quiétude dans un monde agité"
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Abdelouahid Khouja
(Secretary General, House of Councilors of Morocco)
11:00 Break
11:30 “UAE Economy, Abu Dhabi Economy, and ADX performance in 2015”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Rashed Al Balooshi
(CEO, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange)
12:15 “Reasons behind the Lack of Liquidity on the Arab Financial Markets”
(Keynote Speech)
SG Fadi Khalaf       
(Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges)
13:00 Lunch Break
15:00-16:30 “Developing Economic Cooperation between Germany and the Arab World”
(Interactive Discussion)        
Moderator:
The Hon Dirk Niebel
(Former Minister of Economic Development of Germany)

SG Fadi Khalaf       
(Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges)
The Hon. Rashed Al Balooshi
(CEO, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
Samir Barhoum
(Chief Editor, the Jordan Times)
The Hon. Mohammed Abubaker Al Ghasani
(Deputy Chairman of Majlis A'shura Council of Oman)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
(Member of the Parliament of Malaysia)
16:30 Break
17:30 Developing a Culture of Peace through Parliaments and the Educational Systems
Interactive Discussion          
Moderator:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)

MP Mirsad Isaković           
(Chair of the Gender Equality Committee of the House of Representatives
of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Faisal J. Abbas
(Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English)
MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
(Member of the Parliament of Iraq, Leader of the Al-Ahrar Bloc)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
Faisal J. Abbas        
(Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English)
Samir Barhoum
(Chief Editor, the Jordan Times)
19:00 Evening Reception
Friday, July 29th, 2016
10:00 “Foreign Policy via Cultural Dialog
(Keynote Speech)
Amb. Harald Kindermann
(Secretary General, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.)
11:00 "The Arab World and the West: Briding the Gap"
(Keynote Speech)
Samir Barhoum
(Chief Editor, the Jordan Times)
11:45 “From ‘Arab Street’ to ‘Arab Stream: The Impact of the Arab Online Citizen’Keynote
Faisal J. Abbas        
(Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English)
12:30 Lunch Break
14:00 Welcome Words:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner
(Academic Director, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)

“Cultural & Political Challenges in Germany in the Wake of the Migration Crisis”
(Keynote Speech)
Philip Lengsfeld (MdB)
(Member of the German Parliament)
15:00 “The Future of the Arab Youth in the Age of Globalization - Better Education and Inclusion or Brain Drain and Extremism?”
(Keynote Speech)
Dr. Gunter Mulack 
(Executive Director German Orient Institute in Berlin)
15:30 Break
16:00 „Kulturaustausch - eine Chance für beide Seiten“
Interactive Discussion          
Moderator:Mark C. Donfried
17:30 Break
18:00 „Stärkung der Frau - Stärkung der Gesellschaft“
Interactive Discussion         
Moderator: Mark C. Donfried
19:30 “ORIENTAL EVENING”
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
  Departure Day