“A World Without Walls“:
An International Congress on "Soft Power", Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence

(Berlin; November 6th - 9th, 2009)

  Friday, 6th November Saturday, 7th November Sunday, 8th November Monday, 9th November
08:30 Registration
Coffee & Refreshments
Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments
09:15 "From a Divided City to a United World? The Development of International Relations Since 1989"
(Opening Lecture & Discussion)

Speakers:
Dr. Benjamin Barber
(Professor, University of Maryland)
Mark Donfried
(Director & Founder of the ICD)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
"Euro-Atlantic perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Ana Trisic Babic
(Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia & Herzegovina)
(10:00) New Perspectives on Globalization: New International Agreements, Goals, Regulation and Global Citizenship
(Lectures & Discussion)

Speakers:
Dr. Alfredo Palacio
(Former President of Ecuador)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
"Cultural Relations in the 21st Century between the EU and Major International Partners"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:

Martin Hope Director
(Benelux and EU office at British Council Currently; Former Director British Council Moscow) 

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture

(10:00) "Breaking down visible and invisible walls"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Ioannis Kasoulides

(MEP, Former Foreign Minister of Cyprus)


Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
10:45 Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments
11:00 "The Role of Education in a World Without Walls" »
(Panel discussion)

A panel of leading academic practitioners and politicians discuss the role of academic establishments in preparing students for the contemporary global environment. What challenges do these institutions face in today’s world?

Speakers:

Dr. Jo Ritzen
(Former Dutch Minister of Education, Culture, and Science; President of Universiteit Maastricht)
Dr. Benjamin Barber (Professor, University of Maryland, author of “Jihad Vs. McWorld”)
Martin Hope (Director Benelux and EU office at British Council Currently; Former Director British Council Moscow)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
"'Freedom and the Politics of Walls"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Dr. Igor Lukšič (Minister of Education and Sport of Slovenia)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
Speech

Speaker:
Nouzha Skalli
(Moroccan Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
"Poland's Path to Change"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz
(Former Prime Minister of Poland)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
(11:45) "Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Senator the Hon. Alan Baird Ferguson

(The 22nd President of the Australian Senate)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
"Global Leadership in a World Without Walls: The Challenges Ahead" »
(Panel Discussion)

A discussion amongst Former Heads of State, chaired by Mike Kenneth Moore (Former Prime minister of New Zealand)


Speakers:
Mike Kenneth Moore (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
President Dr. Alfredo Palacio(Former President of Ecuador)

Janez Janša
(Former Prime Minister of Slovenia)
President Emil Constantinescu
(Former President of Romania)
Radmila Sekarinska (Former Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
Jack McConnell (MSP; Former First Minister of Scotland)


Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
12:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break Coffee & Refreshments Lunch Break
14:00 "Opening the Iron Curtain: Hungary’s Role in the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
László Kovács

(European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Former Foreign Minister of Hungary)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
"National Sovereignty and the Development of International Relations Since 1989: The Example of the Seychelles"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Sir James Mancham (Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
(12:45) "Balancing Global Public Goods and National Priorities: Establishing Foreign Policy in an Interdependent World" »
(Panel Discussion)

A discussion amongst Former Foreign Ministers, chaired by Dr. Erkki Tuomioja

Speakers:
Dr. Erkki Tuomioja, Ivaylo Kalfin, H.E. Yasar Yakis, Ioannis Kasoulides, Delia Domingo-Albert , Dr. Miomir Žužul

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
(Lecture & Discussion) Speaker:
Luc Van den Brande
(Former Minister-President of Flanders)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
15:00 Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments (14:00) Lunch Coffee & Refreshments
15:15 Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century – Back to the Future
(Lecture, Discussion)

Speaker:

Meir Shlomo
(Strategic Adviser, the Public Diplomacy Division of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Israel)


Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
"NATO and Afghanistan: Continuing Trans-Atlantic Cooperation in a Post-Soviet World" »
(Panel Discussion)

Speakers:
Dr. Solomon Isaac Passy
(Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria)
Amb. Carlo Ungaro
(Former Italian Ambassador)
Marina Pendes
(Deputy Minister of Defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina
)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
(14:00) Sunday Lunch Buffet
(Lunch, Social Activity)

Participants and speakers have an opportunity to relax and reflect on the program during a Sunday lunch buffet in Berlin’s charming Savigny Platz.
Emergence of the Slovenian State: The Importance of Soft Power
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Janez Janša

(Former Prime Minister of Slovenia)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
16:30 Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments  
16:45 "Peace-Building and Conflict Resolution Today"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Jack McConnell
(MSP; Former First Minister of Scotland)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
“Turkey as a European State: Progress and Challenges”
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:

H.E. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
"Is A World Without Walls Compatible with Cultural Diversity and Regional Autonomy? A Look at the Medium and Long-Term"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Alfred Sant
(Former Prime Minister of Malta; Currently Member of Malta’s Parliament)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
(16:00) "A World Without Walls - Freedom, Development, Free Trade and Global Governance"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:
Mike Kenneth Moore

(Former Prime minister of New Zealand)

Location:
The Berlin Theatre on Kurfuerstendamm
17:45 Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments (17:00) Coffee & Refreshments
18:00 "Human Rights and Freedom of Expression: A Scandinavian Perspective"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Speaker:

Merethe Stagetorn (Defense Lawyer for the Danish Supreme Court)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
(19:00) "San Marino - The Impact of Globalization on the World’s Oldest Sovereign State"
(Speech)

Speaker:
Mirko Tomassoni
(Member of the San Marino Grand and Central Council; Former Captain Regent of San Marino)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
"The US-Russian Relationship: Europe’s Role Then and Now" »
(Panel discussion)

The end of the Cold War and the developments of the last two decades have seen significant changes in the structure of global politics and the US-Russian relationship in particular; This discussion will consider the role of Europe in this relationship and how it has changed since 1989.

Speakers:

Ivaylo Kalfin (MEP; Former Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Dr. Solomon Isaac Passy (Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria)
Minister Dr. Igor Lukšič (Minister of Education and Sport of Slovenia)
Dr. Benjamin Barber (Professor of Civil Society)
Jack McConnell (MSP; Former First Minister of Scotland)
Radmila Sekerinska (Former Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
Karl Erik Norrman
(Former Head of the Cultural Department of the Swedish Foreign Ministry)
Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic
(Croatian Ambassador to the USA)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
Speech
President Emil Constantinescu (Former President of Romania)

"A Strong Europe is an Integrated Europe" »
(Panel discussion)

A panel of European Ministers and Head of States discuss the challenges and opportunities of European integration.

Speakers:

Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (Former Prime Minister of Poland)
Erna Hennicot Schoepges (MEP; Former Luxembourgian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs)
H.E. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
Jytte Hilden (Former Minister of Culture of Denmark)
Marina Pendes
(Deputy Minister of Defense of Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Gerassimos D. Arsenis
(Greek Former Minister of Defense
)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
(17:15)"Moving Beyond Borders: Together Towards a World Without Walls"
(Moderated Discussion)

A panel of politicians and academics consider the role of governments, the private sector, and civil society in ensuring global stability in an increasingly interdependent world.

Speakers:
President Dr. Alfredo Palacio (Former President of Ecuador)
Erna Hennicot Schoepges (European MP; Former Luxembourgian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs)
Merethe Stagetorn (Defense Lawyer for the Danish Supreme Court)
Radmila Sekerinska Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia

Moderator:
Dr. Benjamin Barber (Professor of Civil Society)

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
19:30 "Transcending Borders"
(Presentation, Reception, Buffet)

The ICD online photography exhibition “Transcending Borders” is presented to the participants and the public

19:30 Reception

20:30 Welcome Speech

Anthony Suau
(Photographer, 1984 Pulitzer Prize Winner)

21.30 Concert
A live musical performance, “The Voice of the Seas” will combine traditional African music with classical European, North American and South America influences" www.classicinblack.com

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
Cold War Diplomacy: A Tribute to the Jazz Ambassadors »
(Reception, Concert, Buffet)

The ICD pays tribute to the Jazz Ambassadors of the Cold War through an evening of celebration including speeches, live musical performances, and a buffet.

19:30 Reception

20:00 Presentation

Amb. Andras Simonyi
(Former Hungarian ambassador to the United States)

20:30 Interviews, Discussions

21:30 Concert

The ICD Cultural Ambassadors perform a selection of classic blues and jazz hits and offer their perspectives on the Jazz Ambassadors of the Cold War.

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
Gala Event - "1989: A Celebration of the Year that Changed the World" »
(Speech, Reception, Interviews, Discussions, Concert)

19:30 Reception


20:00 Speech
Ségolčne Royal
(President of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council, Former Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party of France)

21:00 Presentation
Amb. Andras Simonyi
(Former Hungarian ambassador to the United States)

21:30 Interviews, Discussions

22:00 live Musical
Performances

live musical performances of classic American rock songs that were popular abroad during the Cold War

Location:
The ICD House of Arts & Culture
"Festival of Freedom" »

(Official Ceremony)

Participants take part in the official celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate, followed by a group dinner.

19:30 Symbolic Wall Fall
A Symbolic Wall Fall at the Brandenburg Gate followed by a musical concert at Pariser Platz.

21:30 Farewell Group Dinner
A Farewell group dinner for the participants and speakers in the heart of West Berlin’s restaurant and bar scene.