The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World

"The Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions"

(Paris; July 28th - 31st, 2018)
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The Arab World has a rich diversity of ethnic and religious communities, which includes a population of over 400 million Arabs. The Arab world's ancient civilization, which goes back over 2000 years has offered significant cultural, scientific, mathematic, scholarly and other contributions to global civilization. The Arab world today is keeping up and in some areas is excelling with development of the digital era and its societies are some of the fastest developing and growing in the world.

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World will focus on the opportunities for cultural diplomacy in the Arab World in the framework of the current transitions and challenges. In particular, the symposium will highlight the best practices of cultural diplomacy to educate and to strengthen relationships between groups within the Arab World and to strengthen relationships between the Arab World and the global community.

Symposium Speakers

Speakers during the symposium will include leading politicians, diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, 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.

Speakers for the Forum include (among others) the following dignitaries:

The Hon. Supachai Panitchpakdi
Chair Person of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
President Bujar Nishani
Vice President of the ICD for the Muslim World
The Hon. Irina Bokova
Preisdent of the Aacademy for Cultural Diplomacy
President Jorge Sampaio
Former President of Portugal
The Hon. George Papandreou
Former Prime Minister of Greece
The Hon. Enrico Letta
Former Prime Minister of Italy
The Hon. Moses Ali        
First Deputy Prime Minister of Uganda
The Hon. Michele Alliot-Marie
Vice President of the ICD for the Francophone Countries

President Amine Gemayel
Former President of Lebanon

The Hon. Hassan Diab
Former Minister of Education of Lebanon
The Hon. Adnan Badran
Former Prime Minister of Jordan
Minister Lahcen Haddad
Minister of Tourism of Morocco
President Valdis Zatlers
Former President of Latvia
The Hon. Lawrence Gonzi
Former Prime Minister of Malta
The Hon. Zlatko Lagumdzija
Former Prime Minister of B&H
The Hon. Abdelilah Benkirane
Former Prime Minister of Morrocco
Faisal J. Abbas
Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English
Rashed Al Baloushi
CEO, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
The Mohamed Orabi
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt
President Moncef Marzouki
Former President of Tunisia
The Hon Nouzha Skalli
Former Minister of Family of Morocco
President Ugo Mifsud Bonnici
Former President of Malta
President Rexhep Meidani
Former President of Albania
President Arnold Rüütel
Former President of Estonia
The Hon. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis       
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
The Hon. Erkki Tuomioja
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland
The Hon. James Wharton
Former British Minister for the Northern Powerhouse
Hon. Rui Duarte Barros
Former Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
Rector Vladimir Filippov
Former Minister of Education of Russia
The Hon. Staffan Nilsson
Former President of the EU European Economic & Social Committee
The Rt. Hon. Dr. Cyril Svoboda
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
The Hon. Kristiina Ojuland
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Marty Martin
Security Expert

Symposium Locations

Based in Paris, the conference will be hosted at the French National Assembly and in a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Symposium 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.

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed.

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

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Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.