The International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy 2016

"The Time is now: Utilizing Cultural Diplomacy to Unite the World's Cultures before Hard Power takes the Lead"

(Berlin, Sofia, Bucharest, London, New York City; April - August, 2016)

Symposia Timetable

The timetable for the Symposia events can be found below:

Deutsch - Syrischer Monat 2016

"Zelebrieren der syrischen Kultur"

(Berlin vom 1.4.2016 - 30.04.2016)
“Die syrische Kultur”:  Ausstellung, Filmvorführung und Diskussion
 “Syrian Culture”: Exhibition, Film Screening & Discussion
(Monday, April 4th 2016 from 18:00-22:00)
Die syrische Krise: politische, ökonomische und kulturelle Dimensionen
The Syrian Crisis: Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions
(Panel Discussion, Reception; Monday, April 11th, 2016 from 18:00-21:00)
Die Entwicklung und Beteiligung der deutsch-türkischen Gemeinschaft
The Development & Contribution of the Syrian Community and its Diasporas
(Panel Discussion, Getting to Know Each other Dinner;  Monday, April 18th, 2016 from 18:00-22:00)
Erziehung, Einwanderung und neue Karrierewege
Education, Immigration and new Career Paths
(Panel Discussion & Workshops; Monday, April 25th, 2016 from 10:00-18:00)
Syrische Nacht”: Abendessen, Show und Konzert
“Syrian Night”: Dinner Show & Concert
(Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 19:00-24:00)

Disintegration and Integration in Central-Eastern Europe

"Borders, Identities, Communities: The Road to Reconciliation and Partnership in Central and Eastern Europe"

(Berlin, April 14th - 15th, 2016)
Thursday, April 14
8.30-9.00 Registration
9.00-10.30 Welcome Speeches
Venue: RED Ballroom Saal
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Nicolae Păun (Dean of the Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Co-organiser of the Conference)

  • The Message of the President of Romania presented by Ms Iulia Huiu (State Councillor)
  • H. E. Emil Hurezeanu, Ambassador of Romania in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop (Rector of Babeş-Bolyai University, Member of the Romanian Academy)
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain Schirmann (University of Strasbourg, Co-organiser of the Conference )
  • Mark Donfried (Executive Director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy of Berlin)
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-13.00 Opening Panel Discussion
“1989: The End of Europe’s Division. A New Europe through Integration”
Chair: Prof. Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop (Member of the Romanian Academy)

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Wilfried LOTH (Professor Emeritus, University of Duisburg-Essen): La chute du mur comme lieu de mémoire
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gérard BOSSUAT (Professor Emeritus, University of Cergy-Pontoise): La fin de l'Europe?
  • Prof. Dr. Michael O’NEILL (Nottingham Trent University, Jean Monnet Chair ): Challenges or Crisis: The 'European Idea' in Retreat?
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Antonio VARSORI (Chairman of the European Union Liaison Committee of Historians, University of Padua): Italy and the Balkan/Danubian area after the fall of communism: between traditional interests and new challenges
13.00-14.30 Lunch Break
14.30-16.00 Panel Discussion
“Challenges to European Reconciliation: National Populism in Eastern and Central Europe”
Venue: Big Classroom
Chair: Dr. Charles BARTHEL (National Archives of Luxembourg)
Contributors:

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sergiu MIȘCOIU (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The New Consensual Disagreement: Melting Populism into Neo-Populism
  • Lect. Dr. Ovidiu VAIDA (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): Already Tired of Europe? Euroscepticism in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Dr. Sergiu GHERGHINA (Department of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt): Electoral Support Beyond Leaders? The Organization of Populist Parties in Post-Communist Europe
  • Dr. Andrei RĂDULESCU (Senior Economist Banca Transilvania; Scientific Researcher, Institute for World Economy, Romanian Academy, Bucharest; Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): European Real Economic Convergence - Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-18.00 Panel Discussion
“Communities and Borders in Eastern European Euro-region”
Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Renzsch (University of Magdeburg)
Contributors:

  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae PĂUN (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The Fifth Wave of Enlargement of the European Union
  • Prof. Dr. Victor NEUMANN (West University of Timișoara): Multiculturality and Socio-Cultural Heterogenity, The Case of East-Central Europe
  • Dr. Vladimir GONEC (Institute of Political Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences): The Transborder Regions of EU: a Successful or Failed Tool for Reconciliation and Partnership. The Experience of Slovakia and the Czech Republic
  • Lect. Dr. Adrian CORPĂDEAN (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The Romanian-Hungarian Strategic Partnership (2002-2016)
18.00-20.00 Meeting of the European Union’s Liaison Committee of Historians
Venue: ICD Meeting Room
20.00 Cocktails Hosted by Babeş-Bolyai University and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Venue: RED Berlin Restaurant
Friday, April 15
9.00-12.00 Panel Discussion
“Franco-German Reconciliation, a Model”
Venue: RED Ballroom Saal
Chair: Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN (University of Strasbourg)

Contributors:

  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN (University of Strasbourg): General issues
  • Prof. Dr. Wichard WOYKE (Westfalian University of Münster): Two Active Civil Societies - Franco-German Cooperation in Everyday Life
  • Prof. Dr. Birte WASSENBERG (University of Strasbourg): The Franco-German Border Cooperation
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Martial LIBERA (University of Strasbourg): Cooperation Between French and German Chambers of Commerce
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Marion ABALLEA (University of Strasbourg): Diplomats and Franco-German Rapprochement
  • Pr. Corine DEFRANCE (CNRS): Twinning , Reconciliation Vectors  
  • Dr. Jean-Christophe MEYER (University of Strasbourg): Sport and Franco-German Reconciliation
12.00-13.30 Panel Discussion
“Governance and National (Re)Constructions at the Borders of Europe”
Venue RED Ballroom Saal
Chair: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang-Dietrich GRUNER (University of Rostock)

Contributors:

  • Prof. Dr. Sergiu Musteaţă (Ion Creangă State University of Chișinău): The Republic of  Moldova - a Young State with a Fragile Democracy and Uncertain Citizenship
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georgiana CICEO (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The Normative Power of Europe Beyond its Borders
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valentin NAUMESCU (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): The EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Borders, Identities, Conflicts. A Comparison between Ukraine and Moldova
  • Lect. Dr. Laura HERȚA (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): Reconciling with the Past: The Attitudes and (Re)Actions of the West towards the Bosnian War and the Kosovo War)
  • Lect. Dr. Dorin DOBRA (Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University): Borders as Sources of Crisis: the Great Future Challenge of the EU
  • Dr. Werner Müller-Pelzer (University of Dortmund): The Manifesto convivialiste in a European Perspective
13.30-15.00 Lunch Break
15.00-17.00 Panel Discussion
“Teaching National History without Hard Feelings?”
Venue: Red Ballroom Saal
Chair: Prof. Dr. Kiran PATEL (University of Maastricht)

Contributors:

  • Prof. Mihai MANEA (President of the Romanian Association of History Teachers: Truth and Teaching History without Hard Feelings. An Approach to History Teaching and Reconciliation)
  • Dr. Annie Guénard-Maget: Teaching National History without Resentment?
Discussion: with the participation of the European Union’s Liaison Committee of Historians / avec la participation du Groupe de liaison des historiens de l’intégration européenne :
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Antonio VARSORI, University of Padua
  • Dr. Charles BARTHEL, Archives nationales de Luxembourg
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Gérard BOSSUAT, Université de Cergy-Pontoise
  • Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Wilfried LOTH, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Reader Dr. Piers LUDLOW, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Prof. Dr. Kiran PATEL, University of Maastricht
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae PĂUN, Babeş-Bolyai University
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN, Université de Strasbourg
15.00-17.00 Panel for PhD Students of the Doctoral School ‘The European Paradigm’ - guidelines and progress reports
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena CALANDRI (University of Padua)
Contributors:

  • Lect. Dr. Yehudit OD-COHEN (Ohalo College, Kazrin): Intercultural processes enhancing doctoral learning between cultures
  • Dr. Sarah FEINGOLD (Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts): Dialogue and Challenges of Language Acquisition in Integration of Migrants
  • Mati AVNI: Cross-cultural issues involved in an appointed committee managing an Arab local authority in crisis in Israel
  • Segev AVRAHAM: Migrants for Africa to Israel - "Detention Camps" or "Living Facilities"
  • Shula MENACHEM: The European Union, Globalization and National Policy: from Deciders to Receivers
  • Ahmad NATOUR: Organized Sport Events Promoting Cooperation Between Nations
  • Ori NISSIM LEVI: Operational-Nuclear-Defense-Model
  • Jessica STROSCHEIN: Berlin – a “border city”
  • Sullam YOEL: Cultivating Organizational Culture within Globalized Companies Using the Wellness Kickoff Tool
  • Orit RISHPI: Title reserved
17.00-17.30 Final Remarks
Venue: RED Ballroom Saal
  • Prof. Dr. Sylvain SCHIRMANN (University of Strasbourg)
  • Prof. Dr. Nicolae PĂUN, Dean of the Faculty of European Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Co-organiser of the Conference
19.00 Cocktail hosted by H.E. Emil HUREZEANU, Ambassador of Romania in the Federal Republic of Germany
Venue: Romanian Embassy in Berlin

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Black Sea Region

"Current Security Challenges in the Black Sea Region"

(Sofia; April 22nd, 2016)
09:00 - 9:30 Registration
09:30 -10:00 Opening Session

H.E. Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
Amb. Eric Rubin, Ambassador of the United States to Bulgaria
Dimitar Kyumyurdzhiev, Deputy Minister of Defence
Regine Schubert, Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation
Dr. Solomon Passy, President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, Minister of Foreign Affairs (2001-2005)
10:00-11:00 Sustainable Future Of The Black Sea Region”
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Amb. Alexander Vershbow, Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Amb. Valentin Poryazov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Georgi Pirinski, MEP, S&D Group
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:05 Security Challenges In The Black Sea Region - First Part “
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Moderator: Grigoriy Nedyalkov, Journalist
Ioan Mircea Pascu, Vice-President, European Parliament
Lt. Gen. Konstantin Popov, Chief of Defence of Bulgaria
Amb. Xavier Lapeyre de Cabanes, Ambassador of France to Bulgaria
Konstantin Zografov, AFCEA International Regional Vice President for South East Europe and AFCEA Sofia Chapter President, BULYARD Shipbuilding Industry EAD, Director Security and Strategic Projects
12:05-13:00 Security Challenges In The Black Sea Region - Second Part”
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Prof. Plamen Panayotov, Deputy Prime Minister (2001 -2005)
Amb. Luybomir Kyuchukov, Director of the Economics and International Relations Institute, Former deputy MFA
Prof. Mustafa Aydin, Rector, Kadir Has University
Yordan Bojilov, President, Sofia Security
13:00 - 13:15 Coffee break
13:15 - 14:30 Hybrid Warfare And Propaganda Campaigns”
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner, Academic Director of Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
Rear Adm. Mitko Petev, Commander, Bulgarian Navy
Gizo Chelidze, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Georgia
Victoria Bucataru, Program Director, Foreign Policy Association of Moldova
Prof. Michail Stanchev, National University of Kharkiv, Ukraine
Nahide Denis, Journalist, Turkey
Intervention by Steven Mehringer, Head of Communications Services, PDD, NATO
14:30 - 15:30 Buffet Lunch
15:30 - 16:45 Daesh War For Oil. Its Impact On Energy Security In The Region
(Panel Discussion & Keynote Speeches)

Moderator: Zdravko Popov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Czech Republic (2006 - 2010)
Bogomil Manchev, President, BULATOM
Prof. Alexander Nikitin, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)
Dr. Nika Chitatdze, International Black Sea University, Georgia
Slavcho Neykov, Energy Policy Expert
16:45 - 17:15 Closing Remarks

German-Russian Month 2016

"Developing Initiatives to build Cultural Bridges"

(Berlin, May 2nd - 28th, 2016)

“Russian Culture: from Matryoshka Dolls to Modern Art”
Exhibition, Film Screening & Discussion
(Wednesday, May 2nd, 2016)

“Russia and Germany 70 Years After”: Past, Present & Future Perspectives of Relations
(Panel Discussion, Reception
(Monday, May 9th, 2016)

“The Development & Contribution of the Russian Community in Germany”
Panel Discussion, Getting to Know Each other Dinner
(Monday, May 16th, 2016)

“Youth Education & Development: Developing Academic & Economic Cooperation”
Panel Discussion
(Monday, May 23rd, 2016)

“Russian Night”
Dinner Show & Concert
(Saturday, May 28th, 2016)

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Romania

"Higher Education in the Field of Cultural Diplomacy"

(Bucharest, May 6th - 7th, 2016)

Symposium Agenda

May 6th, 2014
  Venue: Biblioteca Centrală Universitară, Bucharest (Central University Library, Bucharest)
10:00-11:00

Inaugural Session

Chair:
Prof. Dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania

Speakers:
HRH Prince Radu of Romania, The Crown Prince of Romania
Prof. Dr. Minister Adrian Curaj, Minister of National Education and Scientific Research of Romania
State Secretary Alexandru Micula, State Secretary Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
State Councilor Ligia Deca, State Councilor, Department of Education and Research - the Romanian Presidency
Prof. Dr.  Valentina Dediu, Rector, College of New Europe
Mark Donfried, Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
Prof. Dr. Mircea Dumitru, Rector, University of Bucharest

11:00 Discussion & Debate
11:10 Break
11:30-12:30

Higher Education in Cultural Diplomacy - Premises and Perspectives

Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Remus Pricopie, Rector of SNSPA
Liviu Jicma, Vice-President of Romanian Cultural Institute
Dr. Daniela Zaharia, Head of Department of History Faculty of the Bucharest University, Dean of the Faculty of History 2011-2015
Prof. Dr. Sorin Costreie, Professor, Department of Theoretical ‪Philosophy,‪University of Bucharest
Dr. Mihai Dobre, Professor, History College of Bucharest University; State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania 2013 - 2014

12:30 Discussion & Debate
12:40 Lunch Break
13:40-15:20

Cultural Diplomacy, Economic Foundation for Peace and Development

Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Vlad Nistor, President of the Senate of the University of Bucharest 2011-2015, Member of the Romanian Parliament
Dan Petre, Director General of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute
Dr. Sandra Pralong, State Advisor for Relations with Romanians Abroad, Office of the Romanian Presidency
Garry Jacobs, Executive President, World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS)

15:20

Discussion & Debate

15:30-15:45 Concluding Speeches of the Conference
16:00-17:00 Meeting with Gheorghe Magheru, General Politic Director, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mirela Grecu, Director of the Department for Public and Cultural Diplomacy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Alexandru Allee.
19:00  Dinner at Hanul Berarilor, intercultural night with traditional Romanian food and dances
20:00 Visit to Historical City Center
Saturday, 07 May 2016
10:00-12:00 Visit to the Cotroceni Museum
12:00-14:00 Visit to the Palace of the Parliament
14:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:30 Departure to Sinaia, with bus rented by SNSPA
Check-in at the student hotel, University of Bucharest
19:00 Program in Sinaia -Dinner offered by University of Bucharest Romanian Night
Sunday, 08 May 2016
09:00-11:00 Visit to Peles Castle, Sinaia
11:00-12:30 Visit to Bran Castle
12:30 Departure from Sinaia to Brasov
15.00 Lunch and visit to the historical center, Brasov
17:30 Departure from Brasov to Sinaia
20:00 Dinner offered by University of Bucharest
Intercultural Night
Monday, 09 May 2016 
09:00-11:30 Departure from Sinaia to Bucharest
11:30-12:00 Check-in at the student hotel, University of Bucharest
12:00 Meeting with profesors and students from National School for Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA)
15:00-16:00 Interactive discussion with Dan Petre, General Director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute
19:00 Dinner offered by University of Bucharest

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Germany

"The Time is now: Utilizing Cultural Diplomacy to Unite the World's Cultures Before Hard Power takes the Lead"

(Berlin; May 12th - 15th, 2016 - Held Parallel to the Berlin Carnival of Cultures)
  Thursday,
May 12th, 2015
Friday,
May 13th, 2015
Saturday,
May 14th, 2015
Sunday,
May 15th, 2015
09:30 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
10:00 Lecture Series Lecture Series Lecture Series Lecture Series
10:45 Lecture Series Lecture Series Lecture Series Lecture Series
11:30 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
12:00 Interactive Panel Discussion Interactive Panel Discussion Interactive Panel Discussion Interactive Panel Discussion
13:00 Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch and Tour in Berlin
Participation in the Berlin Carnival of Cultures
14:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion  
15:00 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion  
15:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion  
16:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments  
16:30 Debate Moderated Interview Debate  
17:00 Interactive Discussion

Interactive Discussion Interactive Discussion  
19:30 Social Activity Social Activity Social Activity  

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the UN

"Utilizing Cultural Diplomacy to Unite the World's Cultures Before Hard Power takes the Lead"

(New York City; May 26th - 30th, 2016)
  Thursday,
May 26th, 2015
Friday,
May 27th, 2015
Saturday,
May 28th, 2015
Sunday,
May 29th, 2015
Monday,
May 30th, 2015
09:30   Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Participation in the High-Level Event of the General Assembly marking the 20th Anniversary of the World Program of Action for Youth Departure Date
10:00   Lecture Series Lecture Series Lecture Series
10:45   Lecture Series Lecture Series Lecture Series
11:30   Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
12:00   Interactive Panel Discussion Interactive Panel Discussion Interactive Panel Discussion
13:00 Registration Lunch Break Sessions Lunch Break Sessions Lunch and Tour
14:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion  
15:00 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion  
15:30 Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion Lecture & Discussion  
16:00 Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments Tea, Coffee & Refreshments  
16:30 Moderated Interview Debate Moderated Interview  
17:00 Interactive Discussion

Interactive Discussion

Interactive Discussion  
19:30 Welcome Group Dinner Social Activity Social Activity Social Activity  

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World

"The Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions"

(Berlin; July 26th - 30th, 2016)
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
13:00 Registrations
Opening Session
14:00 Welcome Address
President Emil Constantinescu
(President, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania)
14:15 Cultural Diplomacy for a New Global Approach”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari
(Minister; Qatar’s Candidate for the Position of Director General of UNESCO;
Adviser at the Amiri Diwan)
15:30 Break 
16:00  The World as I See It - Faith and Peace”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
(Member of the Parliament of Malaysia)
16:30 “Cultural Diplomacy for Sustainable Development: The Example of Djibouti in Promoting Peace and Shared Prosperity thanks to Cultural Bridges.”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Ali Soubaneh Atteyeh
(President of the Legislation Commission and of the General Administration of the African Parliamentary Union, Deputy of the National Assembly of Djibouti)
17:00 Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World”
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
17:30 Best Practices of Cultural Diplomacy in the Arab World”
(Interactive Discussion)
Moderator:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)

President Emil Constantinescu
(President, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy; Former President of Romania)
Grand Mufti H. Skender Bruçaj
(Grand Mufti of the Albanian Muslim Community)
MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
(Member of the Parliament of Iraq, Leader of the Al-Ahrar Bloc)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
Idriss Benarafa
(Editor-in-Chief, the Moroccan Times)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
(Member of the Parliament of Malaysia)
MP Ali Soubaneh Atteyeh
(President of the Legislation Commission and of the General Administration of the African Parliamentary Union, Deputy of the National Assembly of Djibouti)
19:00 “Pakistan Evening”
19:15 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Jauhar Saleem
(Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany)
19:45 Keynote Speech
Mr. Jamal Ahmed Qaiser
(German Pakistani Business Entrepreneur; Diplomatic Council Business Ambassador and UN Commission)
19:55 Folk Instrumental Live Performance
Ustad Ashraf Shareef Khan & Friends
20:30 Pakistan Embassy Reception with Pakistani Cuisine
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
9:00 “The Migration Crisis in Syria and its Impacts on International Security”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Stephan Mayer
(Member of the German Parliament)
10:00 “Cultural Diplomacy in Oman as a Means for Cultural Understanding”
(Keynote Address)
The Hon. Mohammed Abubaker Al Ghasani
(Deputy Chairman of Majlis A'shura Council of Oman)
10:30 "Difference and Cultural Signification"
(Keynote Address)
MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
(Member of the Parliament of Iraq, Leader of the Al-Ahrar Bloc)
11:00 Break
11:30 "A view on Uruguayan Partnership with the Arab World"
(Keynote Address)
H.E. Amb. Alberto Antonio Guani Amarilla
(Ambassador of Uruguay to Germany)
12:00 “Religious Coexistence and Interfaith Dialog: Albanian Case”
(Keynote Speech)
H. Skender Bruçaj
(Chairman of Albanian Muslim Community)
13:00 Lunch Break
15:00 “Morocco's Model in Fighting Terrorism as a New Form of Cultural Diplomacy”
(Keynote Speech)
Idriss Benarafa
(Editor-in-Chief, the Moroccan Times)
15:45 Graduating Global Citizens Open to Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue through Education”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
16:30 Break 
17:00 The Specificity of Islam in BiH: The Interaction of Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Arab world”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Speaker Safet Softić
(Speaker of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
17:45 “The Bridge between Arab and European Muslims. Tourism, Socio-Cultural Factor that Links East and West”
(Keynote Speech)
MP Mirsad Isaković           
(Chair of the Gender Equality Committee of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
18:30 Arabic Language, Cultural Manifestation and Economic Activities in B&H
(Keynote Speech)
MP Maja Gasal Vrazalica
Member of Parliament of Bosnia & Herzegovina
19:00 “Egypt Evening”
19:00 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Badr Ahmed Mohamed Abdelatty
(Ambassador of Egypt to Germany)
19:15 In Search of Understanding: A public diplomacy initiative fostering a Culture of peace”
(Keynote Speech)
Amb. Mohamed Kazem
(Deputy Assistant of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for a Culture of Dialogue, Coexistence and Outreach among People)
20:00 Live Egyptian Cultural Performance
20:30 Egypt Embassy Reception with Egyptian Cuisine
Thursday, July 28th, 2016
9:00 The Challenges of Marital Patterns in Contemporary Yemen”
 (Presentation)
Tamara Khamis
(MA Student, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)
9:30 “The Diversity of Cultural Heritage in the Arab world as A target of the Terrorist Attacks”
(Presentation)
Yara Moualla
(PhD Student, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)
10:00 "le soufisme, vecteur de paix et quiétude dans un monde agité"
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Abdelouahid Khouja
(Secretary General, House of Councilors of Morocco)
11:00 Break
11:30 “UAE Economy, Abu Dhabi Economy, and ADX performance in 2015”
(Keynote Speech)
The Hon. Rashed Al Balooshi
(CEO, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange)
12:15 “Reasons behind the Lack of Liquidity on the Arab Financial Markets”
(Keynote Speech)
SG Fadi Khalaf       
(Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges)
13:00 Lunch Break
15:00-16:30 “Developing Economic Cooperation between Germany and the Arab World”
(Interactive Discussion)        
Moderator:
The Hon Dirk Niebel
(Former Minister of Economic Development of Germany)

SG Fadi Khalaf       
(Secretary General, Arab Federation of Exchanges)
The Hon. Rashed Al Balooshi
(CEO, Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)
Samir Barhoum
(Chief Editor, the Jordan Times)
The Hon. Mohammed Abubaker Al Ghasani
(Deputy Chairman of Majlis A'shura Council of Oman)
MP Zuraida binti Kamaruddin
(Member of the Parliament of Malaysia)
16:30 Break
17:30 Developing a Culture of Peace through Parliaments and the Educational Systems
Interactive Discussion          
Moderator:
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
(Former Foreign Minister of Turkey)

MP Mirsad Isaković           
(Chair of the Gender Equality Committee of the House of Representatives
of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Faisal J. Abbas
(Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English)
MP Dhiaa N. Al-Asadi
(Member of the Parliament of Iraq, Leader of the Al-Ahrar Bloc)
The Hon. Hassan Diab
(Former Minister of Education of Lebanon)
Faisal J. Abbas        
(Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English)
Samir Barhoum
(Chief Editor, the Jordan Times)
19:00 Evening Reception
Friday, July 29th, 2016
10:00 “Foreign Policy via Cultural Dialog
(Keynote Speech)
Amb. Harald Kindermann
(Secretary General, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V.)
11:00 "The Arab World and the West: Briding the Gap"
(Keynote Speech)
Samir Barhoum
(Chief Editor, the Jordan Times)
11:45 “From ‘Arab Street’ to ‘Arab Stream: The Impact of the Arab Online Citizen’Keynote
Faisal J. Abbas        
(Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English)
12:30 Lunch Break
14:00 Welcome Words:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brückner
(Academic Director, Academy for Cultural Diplomacy)

“Cultural & Political Challenges in Germany in the Wake of the Migration Crisis”
(Keynote Speech)
Philip Lengsfeld (MdB)
(Member of the German Parliament)
15:00 “The Future of the Arab Youth in the Age of Globalization - Better Education and Inclusion or Brain Drain and Extremism?”
(Keynote Speech)
Dr. Gunter Mulack 
(Executive Director German Orient Institute in Berlin)
15:30 Break
16:00 „Kulturaustausch - eine Chance für beide Seiten“
Interactive Discussion          
Moderator:Mark C. Donfried
17:30 Break
18:00 „Stärkung der Frau - Stärkung der Gesellschaft“
Interactive Discussion         
Moderator: Mark C. Donfried
19:30 “ORIENTAL EVENING”
Saturday, July 30th, 2016
  Departure Day