Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

What we´ve Accomplished

ICD Accomplishments in the Field of Cultural Diplomacy

What we´ve Accomplished

Since 1999 we have worked hard to raise awareness of the field of cultural diplomacy and bring together in sustainable networks individuals from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds.

We'd like to share some of the progress that has been made over the past years below:

Establishing Cultural Diplomacy as a Recognized Academic Field

Though Cultural Diplomacy has been an official tool of some national governments for over a century, and has been practiced by civil society practitioners for much longer, opportunities to study the field at the graduate and post-graduate levels, did not exist until 2011.

Starting in 2011, the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy has successfully developed MA & PhD graduate programs offered to students from around the world, in partnership with University Babes-Bolyai, University of Bucharest and the University of Siena. These programs are the first academic programs to ever be offered in the world in the field of cultural diplomacy.

Raising Awareness of Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power

One of the primary goals of the ICD has been to raise awareness of cultural diplomacy and soft power: what these concepts mean, the different contexts within which they can be used, and how they can strengthen intercultural relations. To further this goal we have held many Weeklong Seminars and international conferences, each hosting a diverse group of participants from across the world and leading speakers from politics, diplomacy, academia, and the arts. The lectures and discussions at these events have not only raised awareness of these subjects amongst the participants, but have also been published online in full, thereby reaching a much larger audience.

Engaging Politicians and Decision-Makers with the Concept of Cultural Diplomacy

ICD conferences and seminars are designed not only with the participants in mind, but are also intended to influence the speakers taking part. By including in the programs interactive panel discussions and debates amongst speakers, by holding lengthy question and answer sessions with the audience, and by providing an opportunity for participants to present their own papers, the ICD and our program participants have ensured information and opinions flow both to and from the politicians and decision-makers taking part.

Building Bridges between Young Stakeholders from across the World

The ICD aims not only to promote cultural diplomacy, but also to practice it. Since 2003 our Young Leaders Forums and out global internship project have brought together thousands of young people, from all four corners of the globe, in sustainable international networks. These networks help to strengthen a diverse range of bi- and multi-lateral relationships and, through their leadership initiatives, the young leaders have spread the principles of cultural diplomacy much farther and wider than any one organization could.

Contributing Research and Analysis on Cultural Diplomacy

Since our establishment the ICD has worked hard to encourage academic research into the field of cultural diplomacy and related areas. We have done this by highlighting important issues that require research and analysis, by editing and publishing research conducted by our program participants and speakers, and by conducting our own independent research. The result of this combined effort is a large archive of publically-available material including audio visual interviews and speeches, academic papers, academic presentations, and a broad range of case studies in cultural diplomacy. It remains one of the ICD's key priorities to continue expanding this work.