The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in 2019

"Cultural Diplomacy in the New Cold War Era"

(Berlin; June 6th-9th, 2019)
Thursday, June 6th 2019
13:00 - 14:00  Registration, Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
14:15 - 14:30  Welcome Address and Launch of the Forum
(Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
14:30 - 15:15  "Perceiving Terrorism and Insecurity:
How Culture Affects Threat Assessment and Policies"

(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Dr. Yan St-Pierre
(CEO of Modern Security Consulting Group MOSECON GmbH, Counter-Terrorism Advisor)
15:15 - 16:00  "Realist and Neoliberal Paradigms in the New Cold War Era"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Dr. Aigerim Raimzhanova
(Research Center Director at Almaty Management University )
16:00 - 16:30  Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:15  "Russia´s Complicated Relations to the West: History - Present - Future"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Amb. Karl-Erik Norrman
(Secretary General of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP); Faculty Member of ICD Academy Faculty)
17:15 - 18:00  "The Contemporary Russian Cultural Diplomacy and the US Russian Foreign Affairs"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Mr. Ashot Avetisyan
(PhD Researcher of Social Philosophy and lecturer at Moscow State Linguistic University, Lecturer at “Hayordac Tun” Armenian Educational Center in Moscow, Board member of “Ararat” Armenian Cultural Center of Moscow, Director of Avetisyan A.A. Entrepreneurship)
18:00   Conclusion of the Day
18:30   Evening Cultural Excursion: Food as Cultural Diplomacy -
Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg  (see information further in the guide)  
Friday, June 7th 2019
09:30 - 10:00  Registration, Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
10:15 - 11:00  "Germany’s Role in Europe: What Now?"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Hon. Michael Theurer, MP
(Member of German Parliament, Deputy FDP Chairman)
11:00 - 11:45  "Development Challenges in a Multipolar World"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Hon. Prof. Dr. Christoph Hoffmann, MP
(Member of German Parliament, Spokesman of the Free Democrates on Economic Cooperation and Development, Member of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development)
11:45 - 12:15  Coffee Break
12:15 - 12:45  "Investing in Education and Skills as Part of the Africa-EU Alliance- Case Study Ghana"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Mr. Kingsley Agyeman 
(Registrar, the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat)
12:45 - 13:30 “The Importance of the "Human Element" in Digital Diplomacy-Case Studies from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa”
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Ms. Melanie Maumbe
(Chef and Social Entrepreneur; Zimbabwe)
Mr. Francis Adams
(PhD researcher, University of West of Scotland in cooperation with the ICD Academy)
13:30 - 15:00  Lunch Reception

Understanding Afghanistan 2019
Supporting Democracy and Stability - The Path Ahead

15:00 - 15:30  Opening Speech  
(Presentation & Interactive Discussion)
H.E. Abdul J. Ariyaee
(Acting Ambassador of Afghanistan to Germany)
15:30 - 16:15  "The Conflict in Afghanistan since 2001: Past, Present and Prospects"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Mr. Tim Foxley
(Independent analyst running a political and military research company specialising in issues concerning Afghanistan and the surrounding region)
16:15 - 17:00  "Afghanistan as a Place for Diverse Imaginations"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Daxner
(Founding member of the Green Academy. Professor of sociology and president emeritus of the University of Oldenburg, Germany)
17:00 - 17:30  Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:30 


“WE are Afghanistan: Together We Stand”
The Future Generation

(Interactive Panel Discussion)
H.E. Abdul J. Ariyaee
(Acting Ambassador of Afghanistan to Germany)

Ali Yassin Muslimyan Sayed
Abdulqader Naseri
Ajmal Sultani
Murtaza Dad Gar

Shoaib Moheby

18:30   Dinner Reception with Afghan Cuisine
Co-hosted by the Embassy of Afghanistan to Germany and ICD
Saturday, June 8th 2019
10:30 - 11:00  Registration, Tea, Coffee and Refreshments
11:00 - 11:45  "Doing it "the Afghan Way": Some Observations on Cultural Behavior in Afghanistan"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
PD. Dr. Lutz Rzehak
(Department of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin)
11:45 - 12:30  "The State of Afghanistan Democracy in the Light of the Upcoming (and Previous) Elections"
(Presentation & Interactive Discussion)
Mr. Thomas Ruttig
(Co-director, Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN))
12:30 - 13:15  "Taliban, Culture and Peace - How Understanding Taliban Political Culture Helps Us Assess Progress towards Afghan Peace"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Prof. Michael Semple
(Professor, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast)
13:15 - 14:15  Lunch Reception
14:15 - 15:15  “Breaking the Cycle: the Importance of Inclusivity in the South Sudan Peace Process"
(Presentation & Interactive Discussion)
Mr. Michael Arensen
(Senior Project Manager for the African Team, Berghof Foundation)

“Conflict Transformation Research: From Female Combatants to Post-War Democratic Leaders & Preventing Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans”
(Presentation & Interactive Discussion)
Ms. Evelyn Pauls
(Researcher Conflict Transformation Research  Berghof Foundation)
15:15 - 16:00 "Challenges of Environmental Conflicts, Sustainable Peace and Intercultural Relations"
(Keynote Speech & Interactive Discussion)
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran
(Professor for Climate Change and Security at the Institute for Geography of  
the University of Hamburg)
16:00 Concluding Remarks