The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012
"A Global Dialogue about Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risks"
IntroductionGovernments in the twenty-first century are faced with a variety of global security risks including terrorism, war and conflicts, stereotypes/ misconceptions and ideological conspiracies, to name but a few. These risks have manifested themselves in a variety of different ways, by actual violent attacks on citizens (such as September 11th, , and the Madrid and London bombings) as well as "verbal attacks" against the private and the public sectors expressed via the internet, social media, blogg, and protests..
Following the events of September 11th, national security issues have had a far greater significance in the field of international relations and domestic politics and are occupying the minds and concerns of Americans in considerable ways, including both American politicians and American citizens, as well as having a large impact on American foreign policy, trade and investment. In addition, the rapid changes in our global world ranging from the rise of the BRIC countries, the unrest in the Arab world, the Iran Atomic Program to the financial crisis, have created an even greater burden for national security, and is forcing the American leadership in both the public and private sectors to constantly reevaluate and re-assess their policy priorities and strategies.
Despite its vital importance, the use of cultural diplomacy in addressing global risks remains largely underutilized. In many ways, the application of cultural diplomacy practices can complement the other, more traditional ways of increasing security (military measures or increased access to intelligence), by means of exposing and challenging destructive ideologies.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012 will therefore focus on the role of cultural diplomacy in reducing global risks and increasing national security, in the context of international relations and international economics. The symposium will analyze and explore the opportunity of reducing global risks and increasing national security both in the USA and outside the USA by adapting cultural diplomacy practices into national and foreign policy strategies as well as private sector strategies.
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Certificate of AttendanceAll participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.
The goal of the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA 2012 is to “inject” new momentum into the debate over the role of cultural diplomacy and its potential to assist in guaranteeing National Security and combatting Global Risks.
The following issues will be mentioned and explored:
- US National Security in the Face of Global Risks - The Impossibility of Meeting the World’s Challenges and Risks Alone
- The US Foreign Relations and of the Role of the US - Using Cultural Diplomacy to Improve the US Image Abroad (America as an ‘Indispensable Leader’ rather than an ‘Indispensable Nation’)
- Cultural Diplomacy in Politics and Terrorism - Using the Full range of Tools in Interior and Foreign Relations
- The Practice of Cultural Diplomacy and a Comprehensive Smart Power Strategy to Assure National Security
- Civil-Society Movements and Ideological Conflicts - Cultural diplomacy as a Means of Promoting Civilian Participation in Diplomacy