The International Symposia on Cultural Diplomacy 2014

"Applied Cultural Diplomacy: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Best Practices & Future Strategies"

(Rome, Strasbourg, Brussels, Washington D.C., Baltimore, NYC, Zagreb, Cetinje, Madrid, Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Paris, Moscow; April - September 2014)

Symposia Timetable

The timetable for the Symposia events can be found below:

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Religion 2014 »

"The Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue & the Unity of Faiths"

(Rome, Italy; March 31st - April 3rd, 2014)

March 31st, 2014
April 1st, 2014
April 2nd, 2014
April 3rd, 2014
Location Location:
La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)
10:00 - 13:00 Italian Senate

14:00 - 18:00 La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)
10:00 - 13:00 La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)

14:00 - 18:00 St. Egidio Community
La Società Italiana per l'Organizzazione Internazionale (SIOI)
10:00   Lecture & Discussion

Senator Lucio Malan
(Member of the Italian Senate)
Lecture & Discussion

H. E. Amb. August Parengkuan
(Ambassador of Indonesia to Italy)
"From Deconstruction to Reconstruction of Civil Society Through Inter-Religious Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Secretary General Olivera Jovanovic
(Secretary General of the Inter-religious Council in BiH)
10:30   "The Role of Inter-faith Dialogue in Peace Building"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Mufti Akhmed Tamim
(Mufti of Ukraine)
"Democracy & Faith"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Lia Quartapelle
(Member of the Italian Parliament, Democratic Party)
11:00   "The Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue & the Unity of Faiths"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Master Jun Hong Lu
(World Renowned Chinese Budhist Leader)
"The Promotion of World Peace through Christian/Muslim Dialogue in Jordan"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E Maroun Laham
(Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)
"The Arab Spring Opportunities and Threats for ME Prace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Wafik Moustafa   
(Founder and Chairman of the Conservative Arab Network)
11:30   "The Religion in the Mediterranean Area"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Sandro Gozi
(Member of the Italian Parliament)
Lecture & Discussion

Director Christos Koukliotis
(Director, Office of the Holy Arbishopric of Cyprus)
"The Role of Culture and Cultural Diplomacy in Peace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H. E. Amb. Mai Alkaila
(Ambassador of Palestine to Italy)
12:00   "Education as a Key Policy for Inter-Faith Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator Linda Lanzillotta
(Vice President of the Italian Senate)
"European Culture in Globalized world"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Rev. Olivier Reigen Wang Genh
(Vice President, Buddhist Union of France)
"Model of Arranging Relations Between the State and Religious Communities and Fostering Interfaith and intra-social Dialogue in Order to Promote Peace and Stability"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Mufti Dr. Aziz ef. Hasanović
(President of Meshihat of Islamic Community in Croatia)
12:30   "Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations"
(Lecture & Discussion)

President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
(Former Prime Minister of Spain)
"Interfaith Dialogue in the Mediterranean Basin"
(Lecture & Discussion)

His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn
(Primate of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church)
"Creation Theology as the Essential Basis of Inter-Faith Dialogue and Mutual Respect"
(Lecture & Discussion)

The Very Revd Prof. James Atwell
(Head of Winchester Cathedral)
13:00 Registration Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
14:00 Welcome Address

The Hon. Halldór Ásgrímsson
(Vice President of the ICD; Former Prime Minister of Iceland)
Master Jun Hong Lu
(World Renowned Chinese Budhist Leader)
"Cultural Diplomacy and Religions Today in Europe"
(Lecture & Discussion)

The Hon. Erhard Busek
(Former Vice Chancellor of Austria)
Welcome Address

President Marco Impagliazzo
(President, Community of Sant' Egidio)
'Why Unity?'
(Lecture & Discussion)

Anna Prior,
Dr. Shamender Talwar

(Founders, The Unity of Faiths Foundation)
14:30 "Cultural Diplomacy and the Unity of Faiths"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Marta Grande
(Member of the Italian Parliament)
"Austrian Initiatives in the Field of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Reinhold Lopatka
(Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Austrian People's Party in the National Council)
"The Role of Inter-Faith Dialogue in Peace Building and Reconciliation"
(Lecture & Discussion)

President Angelo (Anġlu) Farrugia
(Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta)
"Restoring Faith: Reviving the Role of Religion in the Promotion of World Peace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Sheikh Ramzy
(Imam, Director of Iqra Islamic institute)
15:00 "Religious Communities, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution"
(Lecture & Discussion)

President Stjepan Mesić
(Former President of Croatia)
Lecture & Discussion

MP Gian Luigi Gigli
(Member of the Italian Parliament)
"The Future has the Flavor of the Past"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator Mihai Razvan Ungureanu
(Member of the Romanian Senate, Former Prime Minister of Romania)
"Recognition of the Proximity of Spiritual Values in international Law Explanation"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E. Amb. Théodore C.  Loko
(Ambassador of Benin to the Holy See)

Lecture & Discussion

The Hon. Franco Frattini
(Former Foreign Minister of Italy)
"Religions: the Key to spread the Culture of Human Rights"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator Ivana Simeoni
(Member of the Italian Senate)
"The Role of Religious Communities in Peace Promotion -Bosnian Model"
(Lecture & Discussion)

His Eminence Husein ef. Kavazovic
(Grand Mufti of Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Lecture & Discussion

Lisa Palmieri-Billig
(Vice President, Religions for Peace Italy)
16:00 Break Break Break Break




"Living Together with Diversity is the Only Way Forward"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Dr. Paul Jacob Bhatti
(Former Minister of National Harmony and Minority Affairs of Pakistan)
"Religious Tolerance - 17 Centuries of the Milan Edict"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E. Amb. Mirko Jelic
(Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Holy See)
"The Importance of Inter-Religious Ethics"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E Amb. Dr. Kenan Gürsoy (Ambassador of Turkey to the Holy See)
Participant Papers
"Citizen Diplomacy, Minefields & Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk"

(Film Screening & Discussion)

Ruth Broyde Sharone
(Filmmaker, author & Journalist, Co-Chair, Southern California Parliament of the World's Religions)
17:00 "Dialogue: An Essential Key to Cultural Diplomacy and Religion"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Claudia Bandion-Ortner
(Deputy Secretary General, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue)
"Exploring the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures - for Age-old Templates for Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David
(Auxiliary Bishop of San Fernando, the Philippines)
"Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Archbishop Ignazio Sanna
(Archbishop of Oristano, Italy)
Participant Papers

"The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Peacebuilduing, Transforming Tolerance into Empathy: Cultural Imperatives in the
 Interfaith Dialogue"

(Lecture & Discussion)

Amb.Prof. Akama Jared Onyari
"True peace on Earth: A Matter of Pure Intention"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Sathanama Sleur  
 17:30 Lecture & Discussion

Bishop Fülöp Kocsis
(Bishop of the Diocese Hajdudorog, Hungary)
"Intellectual Culture and Peace-Building: Perspectives From the Sokoto Caliphate"
(Lecture & Discussion)

His Eminence Sultan Muhammad Saad Abubakar
(Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria; President-General of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs)
"PAM approach to promote and facilitate interfaith dialogue and its applications in the Mediterranean"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Senator  Francesco Maria Amoruso
(Member of the Italian Senate; President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean of Malta)
Participant Papers

"The Church-State(s) Problem: The Holy See in the International Theoretical (or Theological) Marketplace"
(Lecture & Discussion)

James G. Cussen  
"Critical Encounters Between Religion, Peace and Cultural Diplomacy"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Silvia Fagarasan
18:00 "Islam's View of Religious Tolerance & Coexistence"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Mufti Ikram ul Haq
(Resident Imam, Masjid Al-Islam, President Fatwa Center of America)
Interreligious Dialogue and Practical Social Action"
(Lecture & Discussion)

H.E. Amb. Lars-Hjalmar Wide
(Ambassador of Sweden to the Holy See)
"Respecting and Protecting Religious Heritage-An Important Contribution to Interfaith Dialogue"
(Lecture & Discussion)

Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
(Former Foreign Minister of Cyprus)
18:30   "European Culture in Globalized world"
(Lecture & Discussion)

MP Vášáryová Magdaléna
(Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic)
  Conclusion of the Event and Farewell

The Strasbourg Conference on International Law & Human Rights »

"The Role of International Law to Promote Sustainable Development, Youth Empowerment & Women's Rights"

(Strasbourg, France; April 14th - 16th, 2014)

MONDAY APRIL 14th, 2014
14:00 - 14:45 Opening Session
14:00 - 14:05
Welcome Address
Mr. Mark C. Donfried
(Director General & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
14:05 - 14:15 Opening Address
MP Ögmundur Jónasson
(Member of the Council of Europe; Member of the Parliament of Iceland; Former Minister of the Interior and Justice of Iceland)
14:15 - 14:35 “Women and Children in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights”
Judge Ineta Ziemele
(Judge, Section President, European Court of Human Rights)
14:35 - 14:55 “Will XXI Century be More Human? Universality of Human Rights”
The Hon. Ján Figel
(Vice President, National Council of the Slovak Republic; Former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth)

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

14:55 - 15:15 “Working towards de facto gender equality: Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017”
Ms. Liri Kopachi
(Head of Equality Division, Council of Europe)
15:15 - 15:35
“The Rise and Fall of Gender Equality: From Empowerment to Precarity”
Ms. Sandra Vermuyten

( Equality and Rights Officer of Public Services International - PSI)
15:35 - 15:55
“Protecting Human Rights, Why Legislation Isn’t Enough”
MP Fiona Mactaggart
(Member of the British Parliament)
15:55 - 16:05 Observations, Questions and Answers
16:05 - 16:30 Break

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

16:30 - 16:50 “Children's rights are human rights: the integrated action of the Council of Europe”
Ms. Regína Jensdóttir
(Head of the Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe)
16:50 - 17:10 “Problems of cultural dialogue and human rights in the former communist-ruled countries. Way to mutual understanding”
MP Egidijus Vareikis

(Member of the Parliament of Lithuania)
17:10 - 17:30 “Sustainable Lifelong Learning and the Sense of Justice”
Prof. Dr. Romuald Normand
(Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg)
17:30 - 18:00
Observations, Questions and Answers
18:00 Closing of Day 1
TUESDAY APRIL 15th, 2014

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

9:15 - 9:35 “On the Move: Human Rights and Migrants in Today´s Europe”
Ms. Lilja Gretarsdottir
(Senior Adviser on Migration, Council of Europe)
9:35 - 9:55 The Limits of the Morality of Rationality: Uncovering Competing Conceptions in Defining and Protecting Minority Rights”
Prof. Scott Johns
(Lecturer, Immigration Rights and Individual Rights, University of Denver)
9:55 - 10: 15 “Gendermainstreaming in Gender Policy”
MEP Angelika Werthmann
(Member of the European Parliament)
10:15 - 10:35
Sustainable Environment and International Law
Sir Graham Watson
(Member of European Parliament for the South West of England and Gibraltar; President, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe)
10:35 - 11:00 Observations, Questions and Answers
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 11:50 “International Law, Human Rights and the Rights of Women”
Mr. Grégory Thuan
(Laywer, Cabinet Hincker & Associés)
11:50 - 12:10 “Climate Change as a Human Rights Issue”
MP Tynkkynen Oras
(Member of the Parliament of Finland)
12:10 - 12:30 “Gender Equality in the EU - A Question of Fairness and Economic Growth”
MP Anna Wallén
(Member of the Parliament of Sweden)
12:30 - 13:00 Observations, Questions and Answers
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch Break

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

14:15 - 14:35 „The Role of the Council of Europe in Empowering Young People‎"
Tina Mulcahy
(Acting Head of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe)
14:35 - 14:55 MEP Marietje Schaake
Member of the European Parliament)
14: 55 - 15:15 “Human rights and devolution: the British experience”
MP Wayne David
(Member of the British Parliament)
15:15 - 15:35 “Tackling Violence against Women at Home and Abroad”
MP Elfyn Llwyd
(Member of the British Parliament)
15:35 - 15:45 Observations, Questions and Answers
15:45 - 16:35 Break
16:35 - 17:15 “Citizenship, Empowerment and Grass-roots Democracy in Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods within Europe”
Prof. Dr. Maurice Blanc
(Professor of Sociology, University of Strasbourg)
17:15 - 17:35 “Changing Interdependent Minority Policy in Europe and the rule of the Modern States”
MP Efgani Dönmez
(Member of the Parliament of Austria)
17:35 -17:55 Human Rights in Russia - the EU Must Take a Stand”
MEP Kristiina Ojuland
(Member of the European Parliament)
17:55 - 18:15 “The Institution of Diplomatic Asylum as the Possibility of Protecting Human Rights”
Dr. Alina Malinowska
(Researcher, Department of Human Rights, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University- Lublin, Poland)
18:15 - 18:30 Observations, Questions and Answers
18:30 Closing of Day 2

Perspectives from the Council of Europe and Beyond

9:15 - 9:35 “Council of Europe Action against Trafficking in Human Beings”
Ms. Petya Nestorova
(Executive Secretary of GRETA)
9:35 - 9: 55 The Status of Non-State Actors under the International Rule of Law: A Search for Global Justice”
Dr. Mohammad H. Zarei
(Assistant Professor of Public Law at Shahid Beheshti University, Faculty of Law, Tehran)
9:55 - 10:15 “The protection of women's rights - which role can and should female Parliamentarians play?”
MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin
(Member of the European Parliament)
10: 15 - 10.35 “International Law: The solution to break a civilizational impasse?”
Younous Omarjee
(Member of the European Parliament)
10: 35 - 10:50 Observations, Questions and Answers
10: 50 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 11: 35 “International Human Rights Protection - A Hope for the Weak”
Judge Dragoljub Popovic
(Judge, European Court of Human Rights)
11: 35 - 11:55 “The Binding Nature of the Judgments of the ECHR and the Universality of Human Rights”
Judge Boštjan Zupančič
(Judge, the European Court of Human Rights)
11:55 - 12:15 “Strasbourg Court in Promoting Sustainable Development”
Judge Dmitry Dedov
(Judge, European Court of Human Rights)
12: 15 - 12:35 Mr. Manuel Lezertua
(Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe)
12:35 - 13:00 Observations, Questions and Answers
13:00 - 13:20 Conclusions of the Conference
MP Ögmundur Jónasson
13:20 - 13:30 Closing of the Conference
Mr. Mark C. Donfried

International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the EU »

"EU Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges within EU States and with the Global Community"

(Brussels; May 22nd - 24th, 2014)

Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Location: European Parliament

10:00 - 13:00 Opening Session
10:00 - 10:45 “The Role of the EP in Shaping the Foreign Policy Agenda”
MEP George Sabin Cutas
(Member of the European Parliament)
10:45 - 11:30 “How to Bridge the Gaps of Modern Politics? Cultural Diplomacy and European Stories”
MEP Leonidas Donskis
(Member of the European Parliament)
11:30 - 12:00 “Is a common European cultural diplomacy only a matter of politics?”
Prof. Dr. Fabrice Serodes
(Department of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France)
12:00 - 12:30 "Azerbaijani Experience in Cultural Diplomacy and Azerbaijani Global Integration through Cultural Diplomacy”
H. E. Amb. Fuad Isgandarov
(Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mission to the European Union)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break & Travel Time

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

14:30 - 15:00 “Cultural Diplomacy in the 21st Century”
H. E. Amb. Lazar Elenovski
(Ambassador of Republic of Macedonia to Belgium)
15:00 - 15:45 “Arts, Culture and Applied CD within Europe”
H. E. Amb. Vesselin Valkanov
(Ambassador of Bulgaria to Belgium and Luxembourg)
15:45 - 16:30 “EU Multiculturalism and Cultural Diplomacy”
Lieve Fransen
(Director, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion)
16:30 - 17:00 Break
17:00 - 17:20 „The Universal Scale of All Things”
Koen de Decker
17:20 - 17:40 “Creativity, a Tool for Change in a World in Need of New Paradigm”
Viviane Cangeloni
17:40 - 18:00 “Enhancing Copyright Balance to Promote Cultural Diplomacy”
Prof. Dr. Séverine Dusollier

(Professor of Law, University of Namur)
18:00 - 18:30 “EU Youth Education & Development”
Isabelle Beernaert
18:30 Closing of Day 1
19:00 Group Dinner
Friday May 23rd, 2014

Location: Belgian Foreign Ministry

9:00 - 10:00 “The EU Common Foreign and Security Policy: How to Juggle with 27 Partners
Mr. Nicolas Nihon
(European Correspondent, Belgian Foreign Ministry)
10:00 - 10:30 Travel Time

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30
Welcome Speech
H. E. Amb. Andrej Lepavcov
(Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the European Union)

“Korea's Perspective and Practices in Cultural Diplomacy”
H. E. Amb. Chang-Beom Kim
(Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Belgium and to the European Union)
11:30 - 12:00 “Japan’s Perspective and Practices in Cultural Diplomacy”
Bart Gits
(President, Japanese Cultural Center, Brussels)
12:00 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy: Lack of Neutrality or Art of Intercultural Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Laurent de Briey
(Professor, Faculty of Economics & Administration, University of Namur)
12:45 - 13:15 “The EU Regional Policy - Economic Policy and Cultural Diplomacy in Same Time”
Dr. Wolfgang Streitenberger
(Senior Advisor, Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Urban Development, European Commission)
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch Break

Location: Macedonian Mission to the European Union

14:15 - 15:05 "Europe As - in the First Place - a Cultural Project through its Citizens”
Prof. Dr. Frans de Ruiter
(Director Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University)
15:05 - 15:30 "Talking Pork: Relativism, Toleration and Intercultural Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Glen Newey
(Professor, Political Theory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles)
15:30 - 16:00 “Science Diplomacy”
Dr. Rudolf W. Strohmeier
(Deputy Director General, Research Programs, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation)
16:00 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 16:45 Barbara Gessler
(Head of Unit Creative Europe - Culture, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
16:45 - 17:15 "Competition Policy and Cultural Identities”
Prof. Dr. Jacques Steenbergen
(President, Belgian Competition Authority)
17:15 - 17:45 “Setting up a Regional Food Reserve outside the EU: The Community Method in Practice”
Mark Corner
(Research Centre for Globalization, Innovation and Competition, Catholic University of Leuven, Campus Brussels)
17:45 - 18:15 "The Values of the EU: Elements of the EU Identity”
Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel
(Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Liège)
18:15 Closing of Day 2
19:00   Participation in the Brusselsjazzmarathon
Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Location: Vesalius College

10:00 - 10:30 “A Few Reflections on EU Cultural Diplomacy”
Prof. Dr. Caterina Carta
(Assistant Professor, Department International Affairs, Vesalius College)
10:30 - 11:00 "Space for Peace in the South Caucasus”
Senator Dominique Tilmans
(Member of the Belgian Senate)
11:00 - 11:45 "Using Cultural Diplomacy to Enhance Africa-EU Relations”
H. E. Amb. Mxolisi Sizo Nkosi
(Ambassador of South Africa to Belgium and Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union)
11:45 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy is an Attitude, not a Profession - From Bilateral to Multilateral Diplomacy in a Globalized World”
Philip Heylen
(Head of Culture, Economics, Urban and Area Maintenance, Heritage and Liturgy, City of Antwerp)
12:30 "Building Cultural Bridges with the European and Global Muslim Communities”
Jonas Slaats
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Location: Vesalius College

14:00 - 15:30 EU Cultural Diplomacy” - Interactive Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mr. Mark C. Donfried
(Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy)
15:30 - 16:30 Participant Papers
19:00 Group Dinner
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
10:00  Visit “Parliamentarium” Museum - European Parliament
12:00 Walking Tour of Brussels
14:00 Exhibition “Experience Brussels”

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA »

"US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community"

(Washington D.C., June 23th - 24th; Baltimore, June 25th; & New York City, June 26th - 27th, 2014)

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Location: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington DC
10:00 - 10:30 “US Cultural Diplomacy in Practice: Building Cultural Bridges to Strengthen the Relationships between America and the Global Community”
Ambassador Andras Simonyi
(Managing director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University)
10:30 - 11:00 “Cultural Diplomacy - Perspectives of Trinidad and Tobago”    
H. E. Amb. Dr. Neil Parsan
(Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States)
11:00 - 11:30 “Investigative Reporting as a Cultural Bridge”
Jeff Leen
(Assistant Managing Editor in Charge of the Investigations Unit, The Washington Post)
11:30 - 12:00 “Cultural Diplomacy - Perspectives of Colombia”
Ms. Tatiana de Germán-Ribón
(First Secretary of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Colombia to the United States)
12:00 - 12:30 “Cultural Diplomacy Begins at Home”
Yvonne Captain
(Director, MIPP Program Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University)
12:30 - 13:00 “The Citizen's Role in Cultural Diplomacy”
Rear Admiral Dr. Joyce M. Johnson

(Rear Admiral (Ret.) U.S. Public Health Service)
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break & Travel Time
Location: National Public Radio, Washington DC
14:30 - 16:00 The Influence of American Diversity and Values Through the Rule of Law
The Hon. Alberto Gonzales
(80th United States Attorney General of the United States)
16:00 - 16:30 How Cultural Diplomacy Helped Win the Cold War
Prof. Dr. John J. Tierney
(Walter Kohler Professor of International Relations; Academic Dean, Ad Interim; Chairman of the Admissions Committee, Institute of World Politics)
16:30 - 17:00 Lecture & Discussion
Phil Eskeland
(Executive Director, Korea Economic Institute of America)
17:00 - 17:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Lionell Thomas
(Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities)
17:30 Closing of Day 1
18:00 Group Dinner
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Location: Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States, Washington DC
10:00 - 10:30 “Cultural diplomacy at Times of Crisis”
H. E. Amb. Elena Poptodorova
(Ambassador of Bulgaria to the United States)
10:30 - 11:30 An American Perspective”
Senator Richard Bryan      
(Former United States Senator)
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 13:00 Diplomacy in Revolutionary Times
Robert S Walker     
(Former Republican Chief Deputy Whip of the United States House of Representatives)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: Embassy of Bulgaria to the United States, Washington DC
14:00 - 14:30 Lecture & Discussion
Carl N. Grant, III
EVP, Business Development
14.30 - 14.45 “Cultural Diplomacy Through Educational And Cultural Exchange: The Case Of North Carolina-Pakistan School Exchange Project”
Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa
(Associate Vice Chancellor for International Education and Development; Professor of Public Administration at Appalachian State University; Director of the North Carolina-Pakistan School Exchange Project)
14:45-15:30 The Unintended Consequences of Promoting Cultural Diplomacy:  Some Lessons from the American Dream
Prof. Dr. Enrique S. Pumar
(Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Catholic University of America)
15:30 - 16:15 Cultural Diplomacy, Global Governance, and Democratic Sovereignty
John D. Fonte
(Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture, Hudson Institute)
16:15 - 17:00 Lecture & Discussion
Yerkin Akhinzhanov
(Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United States)
17:00 - 17:30 “Educate to Civilize- Case Study Afghanistan”
Nasratullah Rasa
(Project Director for the “Health Partners International of Canada” in Kabul, Afghanistan)
17.30 - 18:00 “The Role of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers Meeting (CPMM) in resolving the Rhodesia question: The Unrecognized State, 1966-1969”
Jazliza Jamaluddin
(PhD  researcher of Diplomatic History, University of Nottingham, UK)
18:00 - 18:30 “Engaging Civil Society to Promote Women's Rights in the MENA Region: Ensuring the Effectiveness of Cultural Diplomacy”
Sussan Tahmasebi
Co-Founder of the International Civil Society Action Network, Iran
18:30 Closing of Day 2
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Location: DDG
9:30 - 10:00 Coffee Reception
10:00 - 10:30 Lecture & Discussion
Anna Yankova
(Director, International Affairs, Office of the Secretary of State of Maryland)
10:30 - 11:00 Lecture & Discussion
Ahsin Rasheed
(Chairman & CEO of DDG)
11:00 - 11:30 Lecture & Discussion
Nina Bankova
(Director, Professional Exchanges, Strategy and Business Development, World Trade Center Institute)
11:30 - 12:00 Lecture & Discussion
Arnold Packer
(Former United States Assistant Secretary of Labor)
12:00 - 12:30 Bridging the Cultural Divide: United States Diplomacy in the 21st Century; Multilateralism v. Exceptionalism.
Dr. Max Hilaire
(Associate Professor & Chairperson, Morgan State University)
12:30 - 13:00 Lecture & Discussion
Elissa Bantug
(Project Coordinator of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Program, Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center)
13:00 - 13:30 Lecture & Discussion
Larry Schugam
(Executive Vice President, the Baltimore Curriculum Project)
13:30 - 14:00 Lecture & Discussion
Megan Hamilton
(Program Director, Creative Alliance)
14:00 - Travel to New York City
Thursday, June 26th, 2014
Location: United Nations, New York City
10:00 - 11:00 Lecture & Discussion
H. E. Amb. Simona Miculescu
(Ambassador of Romania to the UN)
11:00 - 11:30

Lecture & Discussion
H. E. Amb. Yuriy Sergeyev
(Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations)
11:30 - 12:00 “Political Satire as Intercultural Diplomacy' with Kayvon Afshari”
Kayvon Afshari
(Host & Executive Producer, the Mideast Show with Kayvon Afshari)
12:00 - 12:30 “The Possibility of Fiction and Creating New Maps”
Prof. Dr. Angie Cruz
(Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh)
12:30 - 13:00 The Role of the Arts in the Contemporary Global Community: One Painters Perspective.
Prof. Dr. Joseph L Adolphe
(Professor, Fine Arts, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. John's University)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: United Nations, New York City
15:00 - 15:30 How America can strengthen relations with Turkey, Muslims and the Islamic world
Dr. Oktar Babuna, MD
(Representative, A9 TV Turkey)
15:30 - 16:00 Cultural Diplomacy: A Danish Perspective
Maiken Tandgaard Derno
(Head of Culture and Public Diplomacy, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations)
16:00 - 16:30 Supporting Diversity through Arts and Culture
Margaret Newman
(Executive Director, Municipal Art Society of New York)
16:30 - 17:00 The Role of Art in Social Justice: using the arts to celebrate, critique, and change our world
Renée Watson
17:00 - 17:30 Cultural Diplomacy and Interfaith Dialogue
Joseph Sung
(Director of North America for Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) )
17:30 - 18:00 Closing of Day 4
19:00 Group Dinner
Friday, June 27th, 2014
Location: Mission of Croatia to the United Nations, New York City
10:00 - 10:30 Good Governance and the Rule of Lay - EU and UN perspective
H. E. Amb. Vladimir Drobnjak
(Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the United Nations)
10:30 - 11:00

Lecture & Discussion
Bob Dotson
(American Broadcast Journalist & Host of "American Story with Bob Dotson," NBC News Today Show)
11:00 - 11:30 Narco Music: the Delivery System for Empathy
Angela Beeching
11:30 - 12:00 Does America Actually Have A Cultural Heritage? And If So -  What Is It? And How Can It Affect Change Throughout The Rest Of The World
Kenny Fame
(Poet & Musician)
12:00 - 12:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Emanuel Xavier
(Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Novelist, Editor, and Activist)
12:30 - 13:00

Panda Diplomacy: How Animals Mediate Among Human Cultures
Boria Sax
(Writer & Journalist)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Location: Mission of Croatia to the United Nations, New York City
14:00 - 14:30

American exchange programmes and Diasporas in America as a cultural bridge
H. E. Amb. Jānis Mažeiks
(Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations)
14:30 - 15:00 “Cultural Identity and the Globalized World”
Teresa Lapid Rodriguez
(Director, George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University)
15:00 - 15:30 The Importance of Cultural Diplomacy through Government Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education
Ludwig Brunner
(Executive Director, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, St. Bonaventure University)
15:30 - 16:00 Obstacles to Cultural Diplomacy: Lessons from the Cold War
Stuart Isacoff
16:00 - 16:30 The Hyphen
Ashok Rajamani
16:30-17:00 Dante to the Present: Poetry as the experience of pilgrimage in religious, social and personal life.
James Finn Cotter
(Professor of English at Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh NY)
17:00 - 17:30 Living with Intention: Lessons in Cultural Diplomacy
Tia Powell Harris
(Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Center)
17:30 - 18:00 Conversation between Mark C. Donfried and Novelist Abha Dawesar on Cross Cultural Relationships and the Arts in the Digital Age
Abha Dawesar
(Indian Novelist)
18:00 - 18:30 The Potential for American Art & Culture in Transcending Cultural Barriers
Len Bernstein
18:00 - 18:30 Conclusion of the Symposium

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Southeast Europe »

Applied Cultural Diplomacy in Southeast Europe

(Zagreb; July 1st, 2014)

Symposium Agenda
10:00   Welcome Keynote Address
Hon. Jadranka Kosor; Former Prime Minister of Croatia
10:30 Lecture
MP Davor Bozinovic; Member of the Parliament of Croatia
11:00 Lecture
H. E. Amb. Vojko Volk; Ambassador of Slovenia to Croatia
11:15 Lecture
H. E. Amb. Keiji Ide; Ambassador of Japan to Croatia
11:30 Lecture
Sandra Sekulic; President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation
“Hrvatska kuća” - Croatia House
12:00 Lecture
Zeljko Mraz; General Secretary of Baptist Union of Croatia
12:15 Lecture
Prof. Dr. Romana Lekić; Chair of the Tourism Department, VERN' University
12: 30 Lecture
Nastasa Zeceviv; Journalist,
12:45 Lecture
Jasenka Ostojić; Conductor, Zabreb Boys Choir
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Welcome Reception by President Ivo Josipović, President of Croatia
19:00 Dinner

The Montenegro Symposium on International Law & Human Rights »

"An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Role of International Law in Promoting Human Rights"

(Cetinje, Montenegro; July 8th - 10th, 2014)

Monday, 07. July 2014
  Arrival of participants and accommodation in Hotel "Avala"
20:30 Welcome Reception in Hotel "Avala"
Venue: Avala Resort & VillasMediteranska, Budva, Montenegro
Tuesday, 08. July 2014
08:45 Departure from Hotel "Avala"
09:30 - 10:00 Welcome Keynote Addresses
Venue: Government Home-hall "Ivan Crnojević" Cetinje

H.E. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro
Judge Vesna Medenica, President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro
Dirk Niebel, Minister of Economic Cooperation & Development of Germany (2009-13)
Mark Donfried, Director General & Founder ICD Berlin
10:00 - 11:30 Introductory Lectures
Venue: Government Home-hall "Ivan Crnojević" Cetinje

Moderator: Vesna Medenica, President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro
Minister Igor Lukšić, Minister of Forreign Affairs and European Integrations Montenegro
Suad Numanović, Minister of Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro
Branko Hrvatin, President of the Supreme Court of Croatia
11:40 - 12:30 Reception
Venue: Residence of the President of  Montenegro and Group Photo
12:30 - 14:30 Lectures and Discussions:
Venue: Government Home-hall "Ivan Crnojević" Cetinje

Moderator: Mark Donfried, Director General & Founder, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

“Rule of Law & Human Rights in Diverse Cultures”
Fejzullah Hasani, President of the Supreme court of Kosovo

“Fundamental values of Judges”
Borghe Dahl, Former President of the Supreme Court of Denmark

“Begging, Human Rights and International Law”
Ivica Stanković, Judge of the Supreme Court of Montenegro

“The Impact of the Decisions of ECHR at the National level”
Xhezair Zaganjori, President of the Supreme Court of Albania

“Children's Rights in International Law and Practice in Turkey”
Iulia-Cristina Tarcea, Vice President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice Romania

“Human Rights in Peace and Wartime: Striving for International Accountability”
Fausto Pocar, Former President of the ICTY

“The Role of the ICJ in Promoting Global Peace and Justice”
Julia Sebutinde, Judge, International Court of Justice
14:30 - 15:30 Sightseeing of the Museum of King Nicholas Cetinje
15:30 - 16:15 Departure Cetinje-Rijeka Crnojevića
16:15 - 18:00 Lunch in the Restaurant "Old bridge"

The Madrid Symposium on Peace Building & Conflict Resolution »

"The Promotion of World Peace through Inter-Faith Dialogue & Global Political Discourse"

(Madrid, Spain; July 15th - 17th, 2014)

Tuesday, July 15th 2014
10:00 Keynote Address

Prof. Dr. Pilar Vélez, Rector Nebrija University
Mark Donfried, Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
11:00 “The Role of Higher Education in Interfaith Dialogue and Peace Building”
Prof. Dr. Marta Genís Pedra, Director, Applied Language Department, Universidad Nebrija, Spain
12:00 “The Importance of Inter-Religious Dialogue in the Construction of Peace in Post-Conflict Contries”
The Hon. Rui Duarte Barros, Former Prime Minister of Guinea-Bissau
12:30 "Waiting for peace ­ the Pending Peace"
President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Keynote Speech
Musa Amer Odeh, Palestinian Authority Ambassador
16:00 “Reformasi Era and the Emerging of Distolerant New Moslem Groups - A “Home Work” of such a Culture and the Inter-Faith Dialogues in Indonesia”
Dr. Laode Ida, Vice Chairman of the Indonesian Senate
17:00 “Interfaith Dialogues for Harmony and Peace: Indonesian Experience”
Prof. Dr. Azyumardi Azra, Former Rector of the State Islamic University (UIN), Jakarta
18:00 Keynote Speech
H. E. Amb. Slobodan Chashulev, Ambassador of Macedonia to Spain
19:00 Welcome Group Dinner
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
10:00 “Malta’s Experience During the Libya Conflict - a Humanitarian Response to Conflict”
Lawrence Gonzi, Former Prime Minister of Malta; 4th Chairperson-in-office of the Commonwealth of Nations
11:00 Interview with Lawrence Gonzi, Former Prime Minister of Malta; 4th Chairperson-in-office of the Commonwealth of Nations
13:00 Lunch Break
14:30 Beyond Borders, Key Moments in Cultural Diplomacy between Spain and Islam”
Prof. Dr. Alfred Gutiérrez-Kavanagh, Professor of International Relations & the Middle East, Comillas University of Madrid
15:00 Religious Polarization and Civil Conflict”
Prof. Dr. José María Mella Márquez, Professor, Institute for Economics & Development Policy, Autonomous University of Madrid
15:30 Pope Francis. New Time for Interfaith Dialogue”
Prof. Dr. Emilio Sáenz-Francés San Baldomero, Professor, Department of International Relations, Universidad de Comillas
16:30 Keynote Address
Juan Moscoso del Prado Hernández, Member of the Spanish Parliament
17:00 Reading American Literature at the Spanish University: A Context of Transcultural Dialogue and Conflict Resolution”
Prof. Dr. Eulalia Piñero Gil, Professor, North American Literature, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
17:30 “Mediating in conflictive views. Perspectives from critical linguistics and translation”
Prof. Dr. Ovidi Carbonell Cortés, Professor of Translation Studies; Director, Spanish-Japanese Cultural Center, University of Salamanca
18:00 Day Two Concluding Remarks
18:00 Free Evening
Thursday, July 17th 2014
10:00 Religious Freedom a Fundamental Right Necessary for Peace”
H.E. Vicar Bernardo Torres Escudero, Judicial Vicar, Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Real, Spain
11:00 “A Broader Scope for the Conflict Cycle. Cross-border Cooperation and the Role of Local Authorities”
José Ignacio Sánchez Amor, Member of the Spanish Parliament; Special Representative Border Cooperation, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly; Former Vice President of the Junta de Extremadura
12:00 Economics and Conflict Resolution
Miguel Ors Villarejo, Deputy Chief Editor, Actualidad Económica
13:00 Lunch Break
14:30 The Andalusian Music as a Cultural Bridge between Spain and Morocco”
Luis Delgado, Musician
15:30 Lecture & Discussion
Sathanama Sleur, Founder ad chairman Foundation (Stichting) Isaia for children and World Peace
16:00 “Considering Diversity and Multicultural Dialogue to Confronting Conflicts”
Jorge Garrido, Manager, Apoyo Positivo Association
16:30 Concluding Remarks
Mark Donfried, Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
17:00 Madrid City Excursion

Cool North - Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Nordic Countries »

"Strategies for Regional Development, Cooperation, Good Neighbor Relations"

(Copenhagen; September 8th - 9th, 2014)

Symposium Agenda
Conference Moderator:
Verner Kristiansen
September 8th, 2014
12:00 Registration
12:30 Welcoming addresses
  • Halldor Asgrimsson (Former Prime Minister of Iceland and Secretary General of Nordic Council of Ministers)
  • Mogens Lykketoft (Speaker of The Danish Parliament)
  • Marianne Jelved (Minister of Culture of Denmark)
  • Dagfinn Høybråten (Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers)
13:30 Plenary Session 1: The Power of Culture in International Cooperation, Trust Building and Peace: Nordic experiences
  • Ole Wæver (Prof. at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Jakob Skovgaard Petersen (Prof. at the University of Copenhagen)
  • Morten Traavik (Norwegian Artist and Director)
14:30 Coffee Break
15:00 Plenary Session 2: Soft Powers of Culture, Media and Creative Industries
  • Michael Metz Mørch (Director, the Danish Cultural Institute)
  • Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning (Director, the Center for Cultural and Experience Economy)
  • Dr. Marie-Louise von Plessen (Art Historian & Curator)
  • Jonas Eder-Hansen (Development Director, the Danish Fashion Institute)
16:30 Plenary Session 3: Branding and Cultural Diplomacy conflicting or complementary?
  • Bernd Henningsen (Prof. at Humboldt University)
  • Marcus Andersson (CEO, Tendensor  International)
  • Ole Egberg Mikkelsen (Ambassador, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark)
  • Geir Helgesen (Director, the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies)
18:00 Evening reception at the restaurant Snapstinget, the Parliament of Denmark
September 9th, 2014
9:00 Plenary Session 4: The Power of Culture in Regional Cooperation, Nordic-Baltic-Russian Cooperation
  • Annika Rembe (CEO, the Swedish Institute)
  • Karina Petersone (Director, the Latvian Institute)
  • Lene Espersen (Chairman, the Baltic Development Forum)
10:00 Coffee Break
10:30 Plenary Session 5: - Can the Nordics better utilize their Smart Power Experience in International Affairs and Co-operation?

  • Bertel Haarder (Former Senior Danish Minister, Vice President of the Danish Parliament)
  • Halldor Asgrimsson
  • Karl-Erik Norrman (Former Swedish Ambassador; Secretary General, European Cultural Parliament)
12:00 Summing up and final remarks
15:00 Guided Tour of the National Museum of Denmark
  • Michael Andersen (Senior Curator and Head of Research and Collections, the Nationalmuseum Copenhagen)

Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Francophone Region »

"The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in the Francophone Region"

(The French National Assembly, Paris; September 22nd, 2014)

Assemblée Nationale, Paris
Lundi, le 22 septembre 2014
10h00 La francophonie, facteur de dialogue entre les peuples”
Régine LAVOIE, Conseillère du Secrétaire général de la Francophonie
10h20 Les champs d'action de la francophonie
Michèle ALLIOT-MARIE, ancien ministre des Affaires étrangères et européennes
10h40 S.E. M. Kenjiro MONJI, Ambassadeur du Japon en France
11h00 Francophonie et entreprises”
Christian CAPPE, Founder & CEO Cristal Festival
11h20 “Le rapport à la langue et la francophonie”
Raphaël LIOGIER, Sociologue et philosophe; professeur à l’Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence
11h40 La langue, aide ou handicap à l'expression artistique”
Alexandra VANDERNOOT, actrice belge
12h00 "Le rôle de la diplomatie culturelle dans les pays francophones"

S.E. M. Ali AL-TARRAH, Ambassadeur du Koweit à l’UNESCO
S.E. M. Ivo GOLDSTEIN, Ambassadeur de Croatie en France
S.E. M. Jean-Frédéric JAUSLIN, Ambassadeur de Suisse à l’UNESCO
S.E. M. Miguel Angel ESTRELLA, Ambassadeur d’Argentine à l’UNESCO
S.E. M. Porfirio Thierry MUÑOZ LEDO, Ambassadeur de Mexico à l’UNESCO
S.E. Mme Veronika STABEJ, Ambassadeur de Slovénie en France
S.E. M. Jean Bio CHABI OROU, Ambassadeur du Bénin à l’UNESCO; ancien ministre de l’Education
Fabienne REUTER, Délégué général de Wallonie-Bruxelles en France
Ian MORISSETTE, Délégué pour la Francophonie et les Affaires multilatérales, Délégation générale du Québec en France
13h30 Déjeuner
14h30 L'évolution de la francophonie”
Jacques TOUBON, Défenseur des droits; ancien ministre de la Culture et de la Francophonie
15h10 Les médias et la francophonie”
Eric REVEL, Directeur général de “La Chaine Info”
15h30 La francophonie dans la pensée politique et philosophique
Alain-Gérard SLAMA, Editorialiste, journaliste, historien
15h50 "Le futur rôle de la diplomatie culturelle dans les pays francophones”

Androula MICHAEL, Présidente de Chypre Culture à Paris
Diana IGNATOVA, Directeur de l’Institut culturel bulgare à Paris; Attaché culturel de l’Ambassade de Bulgarie en France
Juan Manuel BONET, Directeur de l’Institut Cervantes à Paris
Radu CIOBOTEA, Directeur adjoint de l’Institut culturel Roumain à Paris
17h15 Francophonie et Diplomatie”
Christian LE ROUX, Directeur de Cabinet, Conseil économique social et environnemental
17h40 Conclusion du Symposium

Moscow Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2014 »

“Striking a Chord Between the East and the West”

(Moscow; September 25th - 27th, 2014)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
18:00-20:00 Welcome Reception
Host: The Hon. Dr. Vladimir Filippov, Rector, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Friday, September 26th, 2014
9:00 Registration for Participants
10:00 Welcome & Keynote Address
The Hon. Dr. Vladimir Filippov (Rector, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia; Former Minister of Education of Russia)
Mark C. Donfried (Director General, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
10:30 “The Clicheworld. How they Occupied our Territories, and What Can we do to win our Land Back.”
Prof. Aleksey L. Nikolov, Managing Director of Russia Today
11:00 Keynote Address
Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Moscow Center
11:30 Coffee-Break
12:00 The Cultural Complexity and How it should be Perceived and Managed”
Prof. Dr. Valery Tishkov, Professor, Ethnology, Russian State University for the Humanities, Russian Academy of Sciences; Former Minister for Nationalities of the Russian Federation
12:30 Culture and Diplomacy in the Runaway World”
Prof. Dr. Alexey Gromyko, Professor, Faculty of International Politics, Lomonosov Moscow State University;
13:00 “Soft Power" of the Russian Federation: Institutions, Problems and Prospects”
Prof. Dr. Alexander O. Naumov
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science MSU Lomonosov
13:30 Lunch
15:00 “Cultural Platform of Latvian - Russian Relations and Future Perspective”
H. E. Amb. Astra Kurme, Ambassador of Latvia to the Russian Federation
15:30 Keynote Address
Maria Morozova, Director, the Timchenko Fondation
16:00 “Valorization of Rural Cultural Potentials: Association of The Most Beautiful Villages of Russia”
Dr. Alexander Merzlov, Head of Sustainable Rural Development Center, Timiryazev Agricultural State University
16:30 “A Human Being - Individual and Person - and his World Order: the Culture and Identifications vs the Culture of Identification”
Prof. William Schmidt, Professor, Department of Ethnic and Federative Relations, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
16:50 “An Interactive Discussion on the Power of Arts & Music as Cultural Diplomacy”
Ivan Ozhogin, Russian Actor & Opera Singer
17:10 Cultural Trends in Youth Policy of Moscow”
Liudmila Tsoy, Director of Moscow Youth Multifunctional Center
17:30 “Cultural Diplomacy - Objective or Instrument?”
Andrash Barani, Director, Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Centre in Moscow
17:50 “India and Russia - Centuries of Interconnectivity “
Rahul Shrivastava, Political Counselor, Embassy of India to Russia
18:15 Concluding Remarks & Closing of Symposium
The Hon. Dr. Vladimir Filippov (Rector, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia; Former Minister of Education of Russia)
Mark C. Donfried (Director General Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
10:00 - 13:00 Group Excursion in Moscow
(Meeting Point: In front of the University main building. Address: Building 6, Miklukho-Maklaya Street)