Zagreb Summit on Cross-Continental Cooperation in South-Eastern Europe
Cultural Diplomacy in South Eastern Europe: The Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions

(International Conference, Zagreb; March 1st-3rd, 2015)


The South-Eastern European region is privileged to have one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse populations in the world, and therefore has a unique opportunity to create and implement cultural diplomacy based strategies that strengthen cross-cultural cooperation. Serving as a melting pot of cultures, the South-Eastern European region can leverage its cultural diversity as a resource to improve international relations and thus create real lasting benefits to its political, economic and cultural sectors.

The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore created in 2014, a 5 year project that will explore, analyze and promote cultural diplomacy in South-Eastern Europe and to develop practices and applications to be used in order to strengthen relationships between both countries and regions. The summit is the second event in the 5 year project.

Summit Agenda

The summit will gather a broad range of stakeholders to discuss the historical examples, the best practices and the future applications of cultural diplomacy in in the South-Eastern European region. The goal of the summit is to prepare an agenda for after the conclusion of each of the event, which will include programs and initiatives that will support cross continental cooperation in the region. Upon its conclusion, the summit will publish a report based on the speeches and suggestions from all speakers and delegates, which will be delivered to the international community.

Speakers & Delegates

Speakers and delegates during the conference will include leading politicians, chief diplomats, leading governmental officials, senior academics, renowned authors, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Participation in the Summit

Participation in the conference is by invitation only.

Certificate of Attendance - All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the high-profile speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by two members of the vast ICD Advisory Board.

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more »)

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.