The International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy 2015

"The 70th Anniversary of the End of WW2 and the Establishment of the UN: Developing Initiatives to Promote Cultural Understanding, Global Human Rights & World Peace"

(Berlin, London, New York, Istanbul; May - December, 2015)

Symposia Timetable

The timetable for the Symposia events can be found below:

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Religion 2014

"The Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue & the Unity of Faiths"

(Rome, Italy; March 31st - April 3rd, 2014)
March 31st, 2014
April 1st, 2014
April 2nd, 2014
April 3rd, 2014
Location Location:
La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)
10:00 - 13:00 Italian Senate

14:00 - 18:00 La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)
10:00 - 13:00 La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)

14:00 - 18:00 St. Egidio Community
La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)
10:00   Lecture & Discussion

Senator Lucio Malan
(Member of the Italian Senate)
Lecture & Discussion

H. E. Amb. August Parengkuan
(Ambassador of Indonesia to Italy)
"From Deconstruction to Reconstruction of Civil Society Through Inter-Religious Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Secretary General Olivera Jovanovic
(Secretary General of the Inter-religious Council in BiH)
10:30   "The Role of Inter-faith Dialogue in Peace Building"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Mufti Akhmed Tamim
(Mufti of Ukraine)
"Democracy & Faith"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Lia Quartapelle
(Member of the Italian Parliament, Democratic Party)
11:00   "The Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue & the Unity of Faiths"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Master Jun Hong Lu
(World Renowned Chinese Budhist Leader)
"The Promotion of World Peace through Christian/Muslim Dialogue in Jordan"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E Maroun Laham
(Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)
"The Arab Spring Opportunities and Threats for ME Prace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Wafik Moustafa   
(Founder and Chairman of the Conservative Arab Network)
11:30   "The Religion in the Mediterranean Area"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Sandro Gozi
(Member of the Italian Parliament)
Lecture & Discussion

Director Christos Koukliotis
(Director, Office of the Holy Arbishopric of Cyprus)
"The Role of Culture and Cultural Diplomacy in Peace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H. E. Amb. Mai Alkaila
(Ambassador of Palestine to Italy)
12:00   "Education as a Key Policy for Inter-Faith Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator Linda Lanzillotta
(Vice President of the Italian Senate)
"European Culture in Globalized world"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Rev. Olivier Reigen Wang Genh
(Vice President, Buddhist Union of France)
"Model of Arranging Relations Between the State and Religious Communities and Fostering Interfaith and intra-social Dialogue in Order to Promote Peace and Stability"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Mufti Dr. Aziz ef. Hasanović
(President of Meshihat of Islamic Community in Croatia)
12:30   "Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations"
(Lecture & Discussion)

President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
(Former Prime Minister of Spain)
"Interfaith Dialogue in the Mediterranean Basin"
(Lecture & Discussion)

His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn
(Primate of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church)
"Creation Theology as the Essential Basis of Inter-Faith Dialogue and Mutual Respect"
(Lecture & Discussion)

The Very Revd Prof. James Atwell
(Head of Winchester Cathedral)
13:00 Registration Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
14:00 Welcome Address

The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson
(Vice President of the ICD; Former Prime Minister of Iceland)
Master Jun Hong Lu
(World Renowned Chinese Budhist Leader)
"Cultural Diplomacy and Religions Today in Europe"
(Lecture & Discussion)

The Hon. Erhard Busek
(Former Vice Chancellor of Austria)
Welcome Address

President Marco Impagliazzo
(President, Community of Sant' Egidio)
'Why Unity?'
(Lecture & Discussion)

Anna Prior,
Dr. Shamender Talwar

(Founders, The Unity of Faiths Foundation)
14:30 "Cultural Diplomacy and the Unity of Faiths"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Marta Grande
(Member of the Italian Parliament)
"Austrian Initiatives in the Field of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Reinhold Lopatka
(Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Austrian People's Party in the National Council)
"The Role of Inter-Faith Dialogue in Peace Building and Reconciliation"
(Lecture & Discussion)

President Angelo (Anġlu) Farrugia
(Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta)
"Restoring Faith: Reviving the Role of Religion in the Promotion of World Peace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Sheikh Ramzy
(Imam, Director of Iqra Islamic institute)
15:00 "Religious Communities, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution"
(Lecture & Discussion)

President Stjepan Mesić
(Former President of Croatia)
Lecture & Discussion

MP Gian Luigi Gigli
(Member of the Italian Parliament)
"The Future has the Flavor of the Past"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
(Member of the Romanian Senate, Former Prime Minister of Romania)
"Recognition of the Proximity of Spiritual Values in international Law Explanation"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E. Amb. Théodore C.  Loko
(Ambassador of Benin to the Holy See)

Lecture & Discussion

The Hon. Franco Frattini
(Former Foreign Minister of Italy)
"Religions: the Key to spread the Culture of Human Rights"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator Ivana Simeoni
(Member of the Italian Senate)
"The Role of Religious Communities in Peace Promotion -Bosnian Model"
(Lecture & Discussion)

His Eminence Husein ef. Kavazovic
(Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Lecture & Discussion

Lisa Palmieri-Billig
(Vice President, Religions for Peace Italy)
16:00 Break Break Break Break




"Living Together with Diversity is the Only Way Forward"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Dr. Paul Jacob Bhatti
(Former Minister of National Harmony and Minority Affairs of Pakistan)
"Religious Tolerance - 17 Centuries of the Milan Edict"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E. Amb. Mirko Jelic
(Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Holy See)
"The Importance of Inter-Religious Ethics"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E Amb. Dr. Kenan Gürsoy (Ambassador of Turkey to the Holy See)
Participant Papers
"Citizen Diplomacy, Minefields & Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk"

(Film Screening & Discussion)

Ruth Broyde Sharone
(Filmmaker, author & Journalist, Co-Chair, Southern California Parliament of the World's Religions)
17:00 "Dialogue: An Essential Key to Cultural Diplomacy and Religion"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Claudia Bandion-Ortner
(Deputy Secretary General, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue)
"Exploring the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures - for Age-old Templates for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David
(Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, the Philippines)
"Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Archbishop Ignazio Sanna
(Archbishop of Oristano, Italy)
Participant Papers

"The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Peacebuilduing, Transforming Tolerance into Empathy: Cultural Imperatives in the
 Interfaith Dialogue"

(Lecture & Discussion)

Amb.Prof. Akama Jared Onyari
"True peace on Earth: A Matter of Pure Intention"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Sathanama Sleur  
 17:30 Lecture & Discussion

Bishop Fülöp Kocsis
(Bishop of the Diocese Hajdudorog, Hungary)
"Intellectual Culture and Peace-Building: Perspectives From the Sokoto Caliphate"
(Lecture & Discussion)

His Eminence Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar
(Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria; President-General of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs)
"PAM approach to promote and facilitate interfaith dialogue and its applications in the Mediterranean"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator  Francesco Maria Amoruso
(Member of the Italian Senate; President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean of Malta)
Participant Papers

"The Church-State(s) Problem: The Holy See in the International Theoretical (or Theological) Marketplace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

James G. Cussen  
"Critical Encounters Between Religion, Peace and Cultural Diplomacy"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Silvia Fagarasan
18:00 "Islam's View of Religious Tolerance & Coexistence"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Mufti Ikram ul Haq
(Resident Imam, Masjid Al-Islam, President Fatwa Center of America)
Interreligious Dialogue and Practical Social Action"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E. Amb. Lars-Hjalmar Wide
(Ambassador of Sweden to the Holy See)
"Respecting and Protecting Religious Heritage-An Important Contribution to Interfaith Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
(Former Foreign Minister of Cyprus)
18:30   "European Culture in Globalized world"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Vášáryová Magdaléna
(Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic)
  Conclusion of the Event and Farewell

The Strasbourg Conference on International Law & Human Rights

"The Role of International Law to Promote Sustainable Development, Youth Empowerment & Women's Rights"

(Strasbourg, France; April 14th - 16th, 2014)
MONDAY APRIL 14th, 2014
14:00 - 14:45 Opening Session
14:00 - 14:05
Welcome Address
Mr. Mark C. Donfried
(Director General & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
14:05 - 14:15 Opening Address
MP Ögmundur Jónasson
(Member of the Council of Europe; Member of the Parliament of Iceland; Former Minister of the Interior and Justice of Iceland)
14:15 - 14:35 “Women and Children in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights”
Judge Ineta Ziemele
(Judge, Section President, European Court of Human Rights)
14:35 - 14:55 “Will XXI Century be More Human? Universality of Human Rights”
The Hon. Ján Figel
(Vice President, National Council of the Slovak Republic; Former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth)

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

14:55 - 15:15 “Working towards de facto gender equality: Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017”
Ms. Liri Kopachi
(Head of Equality Division, Council of Europe)
15:15 - 15:35
“The Rise and Fall of Gender Equality: From Empowerment to Precarity”
Ms. Sandra Vermuyten

( Equality and Rights Officer of Public Services International - PSI)
15:35 - 15:55
“Protecting Human Rights, Why Legislation Isn’t Enough”
MP Fiona Mactaggart
(Member of the British Parliament)
15:55 - 16:05 Observations, Questions and Answers
16:05 - 16:30 Break

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

16:30 - 16:50 “Children's rights are human rights: the integrated action of the Council of Europe”
Ms. Regína Jensdóttir
(Head of the Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe)
16:50 - 17:10 “Problems of cultural dialogue and human rights in the former communist-ruled countries. Way to mutual understanding”
MP Egidijus Vareikis

(Member of the Parliament of Lithuania)
17:10 - 17:30 “Sustainable Lifelong Learning and the Sense of Justice”
Prof. Dr. Romuald Normand
(Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg)
17:30 - 18:00
Observations, Questions and Answers
18:00 Closing of Day 1
TUESDAY APRIL 15th, 2014

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

9:15 - 9:35 “On the Move: Human Rights and Migrants in Today´s Europe”
Ms. Lilja Gretarsdottir
(Senior Adviser on Migration, Council of Europe)
9:35 - 9:55 The Limits of the Morality of Rationality: Uncovering Competing Conceptions in Defining and Protecting Minority Rights”
Prof. Scott Johns
(Lecturer, Immigration Rights and Individual Rights, University of Denver)
9:55 - 10: 15 “Gendermainstreaming in Gender Policy”
MEP Angelika Werthmann
(Member of the European Parliament)
10:15 - 10:35
Sustainable Environment and International Law
Sir Graham Watson
(Member of European Parliament for the South West of England and Gibraltar; President, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)
10:35 - 11:00 Observations, Questions and Answers
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 11:50 “International Law, Human Rights and the Rights of Women”
Mr. Grégory Thuan
(Laywer, Cabinet Hincker & Associés)
11:50 - 12:10 “Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue”
MP Tynkkynen Oras
(Member of the Parliament of Finland)
12:10 - 12:30 “Gender Equality in the EU - A Question of Fairness and Economic Growth”
MP Anna Wallén
(Member of the Parliament of Sweden)
12:30 - 13:00 Observations, Questions and Answers
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch Break

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

14:15 - 14:35 „The Role of the Council of Europe in Empowering Young People‎"
Tina Mulcahy
(Acting Head of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe)
14:35 - 14:55 MEP Marietje Schaake
Member of the European Parliament)
14: 55 - 15:15 “Human rights and devolution: the British experience”
MP Wayne David
(Member of the British Parliament)
15:15 - 15:35 “Tackling Violence against Women at Home and Abroad”
MP Elfyn Llwyd
(Member of the British Parliament)
15:35 - 15:45 Observations, Questions and Answers
15:45 - 16:35 Break
16:35 - 17:15 “Citizenship, Empowerment and Grass-roots Democracy in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods within Europe”
Prof. Dr. Maurice Blanc
(Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg)
17:15 - 17:35 “Changing Interdependent Minority Policy in Europe and the rule of the Modern States”
MP Efgani Dönmez
(Member of the Parliament of Austria)
17:35 -17:55 Human Rights in Russia - the EU Must Take a Stand”
MEP Kristiina Ojuland
(Member of the European Parliament)
17:55 - 18:15 “The Institution of Diplomatic Asylum as the Possibility of Protecting Human Rights”
Dr. Alina Malinowska
(Researcher, Department of Human Rights, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University- Lublin, Poland)
18:15 - 18:30 Observations, Questions and Answers
18:30 Closing of Day 2

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

9:15 - 9:35 “Council of Europe Action against Trafficking in Human Beings”
Ms. Petya Nestorova
(Executive Secretary of GRETA)
9:35 - 9: 55 The Status of Non-State Actors under the International Rule of Law: A Search for Global Justice”
Dr. Mohammad H. Zarei
(Assistant Professor of Public Law at Shahid Beheshti University, Faculty of Law, Tehran)
9:55 - 10:15 “The protection of women's rights - which role can and should female Parliamentarians play?”
MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin
(Member of the European Parliament)
10: 15 - 10.35 “International Law: The solution to break a civilizational impasse?”
Younous Omarjee
(Member of the European Parliament)
10: 35 - 10:50 Observations, Questions and Answers
10: 50 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 11: 35 “International Human Rights Protection - A Hope for the Weak”
Judge Dragoljub Popovic
(Judge, European Court of Human Rights)
11: 35 - 11:55 “The Binding Nature of the Judgments of the ECHR and the Universality of Human Rights”
Judge Boštjan Zupančič
(Judge, the European Court of Human Rights)
11:55 - 12:15 “Strasbourg Court in Promoting Sustainable Development”
Judge Dmitry Dedov
(Judge, European Court of Human Rights)
12: 15 - 12:35 Mr. Manuel Lezertua
(Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe)
12:35 - 13:00 Observations, Questions and Answers
13:00 - 13:20 Conclusions of the Conference
MP Ögmundur Jónasson
13:20 - 13:30 Closing of the Conference
Mr. Mark C. Donfried

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU

"EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community"

(Brussels; May 22nd - 24th, 2014)
Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Location: European Parliament

10:00 - 13:00 Opening Session
10:00 - 10:45 “The Role of the EP in Shaping the Foreign Policy Agenda”
MEP George Sabin Cutas
(Member of the European Parliament)
10:45 - 11:30 “How to Bridge the Gaps of Modern Politics? Cultural Diplomacy and European Stories”
MEP Leonidas Donskis
(Member of the European Parliament)
11:30 - 12:00 “Is a common European cultural diplomacy only a matter of politics?”
Prof. Dr. Fabrice Serodes
(Department of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France)
12:00 - 12:30 "Azerbaijani Experience in Cultural Diplomacy and Azerbaijani Global Integration through Cultural Diplomacy”
H. E. Amb. Fuad Isgandarov
(Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mission to the European Union)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break & Travel Time

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

14:30 - 15:00 “Cultural Diplomacy in the 21st Century”
H. E. Amb. Lazar Elenovski
(Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia to Belgium)
15:00 - 15:45 “Arts, Culture and Applied CD within Europe”
H. E. Amb. Vesselin Valkanov
(Ambassador of Bulgaria to Belgium and Luxembourg)
15:45 - 16:30 “EU Multiculturalism and Cultural Diplomacy”
Lieve Fransen
(Director, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
16:30 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 17:20 „The Universal Scale of All Things”
Koen de Decker
17:20 - 17:40 “Creativity, a Tool for Change in a World in Need of New Paradigm”
Viviane Cangeloni
17:40 - 18:00 “Enhancing Copyright Balance to Promote Cultural Diplomacy”
Prof. Dr. Séverine Dusollier

(Professor of Law, University of Namur)
18:00 - 18:30 “EU Youth Education & Development”
Isabelle Beernaert
18:30 Closing of Day 1
19:00 Group Dinner
Friday May 23rd, 2014

Location: Belgian Foreign Ministry

9:00 - 10:00 “The EU Common Foreign and Security Policy: How to Juggle with 27 Partners
Mr. Nicolas Nihon
(European Correspondent, Belgian Foreign Ministry)
10:00 - 10:30 Travel Time

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30
Welcome Speech
H. E. Amb. Andrej Lepavcov
(Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the European Union)

“Korea's Perspective and Practices in Cultural Diplomacy”
H. E. Amb. Chang-Beom Kim
(Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belgium and to the European Union)
11:30 - 12:00 “Japan’s Perspective and Practices in Cultural Diplomacy”
Bart Gits
(President, Japanese Cultural Center, Brussels)
12:00 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy: Lack of Neutrality or Art of Intercultural Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Laurent de Briey
(Professor, Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Namur)
12:45 - 13:15 “The EU Regional Policy - Economic Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Same Time”
Dr. Wolfgang Streitenberger
(Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Urban Development, European Commission)
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch Break

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

14:15 - 15:05 "Europe As - in the First Place - a Cultural Project through its Citizens”
Prof. Dr. Frans de Ruiter
(Director Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University)
15:05 - 15:30 "Talking Pork: Relativism, Toleration and Intercultural Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Glen Newey
(Professor, Political Theory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles)
15:30 - 16:00 “Science Diplomacy”
Dr. Rudolf W. Strohmeier
(Deputy Director General, Research Programs, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation)
16:00 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 16:45 Barbara Gessler
(Head of Unit Creative Europe - Culture, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
16:45 - 17:15 "Competition Policy and Cultural Identities”
Prof. Dr. Jacques Steenbergen
(President, Belgian Competition Authority)
17:15 - 17:45 “Setting up a Regional Food Reserve outside the EU: The Community Method in Practice”
Mark Corner
(Research Centre for Globalization, Innovation and Competition, Catholic University of Leuven, Campus Brussels)
17:45 - 18:15 "The Values of the EU: Elements of the EU Identity”
Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel
(Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Liège)
18:15 Closing of Day 2
19:00   Participation in the Brusselsjazzmarathon
Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Location: Vesalius College

10:00 - 10:30 “A Few Reflections on EU Cultural Diplomacy”
Prof. Dr. Caterina Carta
(Assistant Professor, Department International Affairs, Vesalius College)
10:30 - 11:00 "Space for Peace in the South Caucasus”
Senator Dominique Tilmans
(Member of the Belgian Senate)
11:00 - 11:45 "Using Cultural Diplomacy to Enhance Africa-EU Relations”
H. E. Amb. Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi
(Ambassador of South Africa to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union)
11:45 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy is an Attitude, not a Profession - From Bilateral to Multilateral Diplomacy in a Globalized World”
Philip Heylen
(Head of Culture, Economics, Urban and Area Maintenance, Heritage and Liturgy, City of Antwerp)
12:30 "Building Cultural Bridges with the European and Global Muslim Communities”
Jonas Slaats
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Location: Vesalius College

14:00 - 15:30 EU Cultural Diplomacy” - Interactive Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mr. Mark C. Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:30 - 16:30 Participant Papers
19:00 Group Dinner
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
10:00  Visit “Parliamentarium” Museum - European Parliament
12:00 Walking Tour of Brussels
14:00 Exhibition “Experience Brussels”

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA

"US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community"

(Washington D.C., June 23th - 24th; Baltimore, June 25th; & New York City, June 26th - 27th, 2014)
Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Location: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington DC
10:00 - 10:30 “US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community”
Ambassador Andras Simonyi
(Managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University)
10:30 - 11:00 “Cultural Diplomacy - Perspectives of Trinidad and Tobago”    
H. E. Amb. Dr. Neil Parsan
(Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States)
11:00 - 11:30 “Investigative Reporting as a Cultural Bridge”
Jeff Leen
(Assistant Managing Editor in Charge of the Investigations Unit, The Washington Post)
11:30 - 12:00 “Cultural Diplomacy - Perspectives of Colombia”
Ms. Tatiana de Germán-Ribón
(First Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Colombia to the United States)
12:00 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy Begins at Home”
Yvonne Captain
(Director, MIPP Program Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University)
12:30 - 13:00 “The Citizen's Role in Cultural Diplomacy”
Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson

(Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Public Health Service)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break & Travel Time
Location: National Public Radio, Washington DC
14:30 - 16:00 The Influence of American Diversity and Values Through the Rule of Law
The Hon. Alberto Gonzales
(80th United States Attorney General of the United States)
16:00 - 16:30 How Cultural Diplomacy Helped Win the Cold War
Prof. Dr. John J. Tierney
(Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations; Academic Dean, Ad Interim; Chairman of the Admissions Committee, Institute of World Politics)
16:30 - 17:00 Lecture & Discussion
Phil Eskeland
(Executive Director, Korea Economic Institute of America)
17:00 - 17:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Lionell Thomas
(Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities)
17:30 Closing of Day 1
18:00 Group Dinner
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Location: Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States, Washington DC
10:00 - 10:30 “Cultural diplomacy at Times of Crisis”
H. E. Amb. Elena Poptodorova
(Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States)
10:30 - 11:30 An American Perspective”
Senator Richard Bryan      
(Former United States Senator)
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 13:00 Diplomacy in Revolutionary Times
Robert S Walker     
(Former Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States House of Representatives)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States, Washington DC
14:00 - 14:30 Lecture & Discussion
Carl N. Grant, III
EVP, Business Development
14.30 - 14.45 “Cultural Diplomacy Through Educational And Cultural Exchange: The Case Of North Carolina-Pakistan School Exchange Project”
Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa
(Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development; Professor of Public Administration at Appalachian State University; Director of the North Carolina-Pakistan School Exchange Project)
14:45-15:30 The Unintended Consequences of Promoting Cultural Diplomacy:  Some Lessons from the American Dream
Prof. Dr. Enrique S. Pumar
(Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of America)
15:30 - 16:15 Cultural Diplomacy, Global Governance, and Democratic Sovereignty
John D. Fonte
(Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture, Hudson Institute)
16:15 - 17:00 Lecture & Discussion
Yerkin Akhinzhanov
(Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States)
17:00 - 17:30 “Educate to Civilize- Case Study Afghanistan”
Nasratullah Rasa
(Project Director for the “Health Partners International of Canada” in Kabul, Afghanistan)
17.30 - 18:00 “The Role of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Meeting (CPMM) in resolving the Rhodesia question: The Unrecognized State, 1966-1969”
Jazliza Jamaluddin
(PhD  researcher of Diplomatic History, University of Nottingham, UK)
18:00 - 18:30 “Engaging Civil Society to Promote Women's Rights in the MENA Region: Ensuring the Effectiveness of Cultural Diplomacy”
Sussan Tahmasebi
Co-Founder of the International Civil Society Action Network, Iran
18:30 Closing of Day 2
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Location: DDG
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee Reception
10:00 - 10:30 Lecture & Discussion
Anna Yankova
(Director, International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland)
10:30 - 11:00 Lecture & Discussion
Ahsin Rasheed
(Chairman & CEO of DDG)
11:00 - 11:30 Lecture & Discussion
Nina Bankova
(Director, Professional Exchanges, Strategy and Business Development, World Trade Center Institute)
11:30 - 12:00 Lecture & Discussion
Arnold Packer
(Former United States Assistant Secretary of Labor)
12:00 - 12:30 Bridging the Cultural Divide: United States Diplomacy in the 21st Century; Multilateralism v. Exceptionalism.
Dr. Max Hilaire
(Associate Professor & Chairperson, Morgan State University)
12:30 - 13:00 Lecture & Discussion
Elissa Bantug
(Project Coordinator of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center)
13:00 - 13:30 Lecture & Discussion
Larry Schugam
(Executive Vice President, the Baltimore Curriculum Project)
13:30 - 14:00 Lecture & Discussion
Megan Hamilton
(Program Director, Creative Alliance)
14:00 - Travel to New York City
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Location: United Nations, New York City
10:00 - 11:00 Lecture & Discussion
H. E. Amb. Simona Miculescu
(Ambassador of Romania to the UN)
11:00 - 11:30

Lecture & Discussion
H. E. Amb. Yuriy Sergeyev
(Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations)
11:30 - 12:00 “Political Satire as Intercultural Diplomacy' with Kayvon Afshari”
Kayvon Afshari
(Host & Executive Producer, the Mideast Show with Kayvon Afshari)
12:00 - 12:30 “The Possibility of Fiction and Creating New Maps”
Prof. Dr. Angie Cruz
(Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh)
12:30 - 13:00 The Role of the Arts in the Contemporary Global Community: One Painters Perspective.
Prof. Dr. Joseph L Adolphe
(Professor, Fine Arts, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John's University)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: United Nations, New York City
15:00 - 15:30 How America can strengthen relations with Turkey, Muslims and the Islamic world
Dr. Oktar Babuna, MD
(Representative, A9 TV Turkey)
15:30 - 16:00 Cultural Diplomacy: A Danish Perspective
Maiken Tandgaard Derno
(Head of Culture and Public Diplomacy, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations)
16:00 - 16:30 Supporting Diversity through Arts and Culture
Margaret Newman
(Executive Director, Municipal Art Society of New York)
16:30 - 17:00 The Role of Art in Social Justice: using the arts to celebrate, critique, and change our world
Renée Watson
17:00 - 17:30 Cultural Diplomacy and Interfaith Dialogue
Joseph Sung
(Director of North America for Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) )
17:30 - 18:00 Closing of Day 4
19:00 Group Dinner
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Location: Mission of Croatia to the United Nations, New York City
10:00 - 10:30 Good Governance and the Rule of Lay - EU and UN perspective
H. E. Amb. Vladimir Drobnjak
(Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations)
10:30 - 11:00

Lecture & Discussion
Bob Dotson
(American Broadcast Journalist & Host of "American Story with Bob Dotson," NBC News Today Show)
11:00 - 11:30 Narco Music: the Delivery System for Empathy
Angela Beeching
11:30 - 12:00 Does America Actually Have A Cultural Heritage? And If So -  What Is It? And How Can It Affect Change Throughout The Rest Of The World
Kenny Fame
(Poet & Musician)
12:00 - 12:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Emanuel Xavier
(Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Novelist, Editor, and Activist)
12:30 - 13:00

Panda Diplomacy: How Animals Mediate Among Human Cultures
Boria Sax
(Writer & Journalist)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: Mission of Croatia to the United Nations, New York City
14:00 - 14:30

American exchange programmes and Diasporas in America as a cultural bridge
H. E. Amb. Jānis Mažeiks
(Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations)
14:30 - 15:00 “Cultural Identity and the Globalized World”
Teresa Lapid Rodriguez
(Director, George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University)
15:00 - 15:30 The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy through Government Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education
Ludwig Brunner
(Executive Director, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University)
15:30 - 16:00 Obstacles to Cultural Diplomacy: Lessons from the Cold War
Stuart Isacoff
16:00 - 16:30 The Hyphen
Ashok Rajamani
16:30-17:00 Dante to the Present: Poetry as the experience of pilgrimage in religious, social and personal life.
James Finn Cotter
(Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY)
17:00 - 17:30 Living with Intention: Lessons in Cultural Diplomacy
Tia Powell Harris
(Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center)
17:30 - 18:00 Conversation between Mark C. Donfried and Novelist Abha Dawesar on Cross Cultural Relationships and the Arts in the Digital Age
Abha Dawesar
(Indian Novelist)
18:00 - 18:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Len Bernstein
18:00 - 18:30 Conclusion of the Symposium