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"
Symposium OverviewThe USA 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 relationships. Serving as a hub of cultures from all corners of the world, the USA can use its cultural diversity as a resource to improve international relations and thus create real lasting benefits to its political, economic and cultural sectors. Indeed, cultural diplomacy has played a pivotal role in US Foreign Policy, demonstrated by examples such as the founding of the Fulbright Program in 1946, the employment of Jazz Ambassadors during the Cold War and the famous International Visitor Leadership Program launched by Nelson Rockefeller in 1940, which still brings many upcoming leaders from around the world to the United States every year. Through this comprehensive practice of cultural exchange and dialogue the USA has proven itself to be a pioneering country of cultural diplomacy.
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2014 in the USA will present the importance of building cultural bridges for the benefits of US national security, economy, and well-being of American citizens, while illustrating the cost-effective advantages of such programs compared to other policy alternatives. The Symposium will bring together US legislators, representatives of the private sector and civil society as well as representatives from the international community to initiate joint-programs that will increase the volume of US engagement in cultural diplomacy. The Symposium will campaign for new programs, increased budgets and greater governmental attention of the unique opportunities practicing cultural diplomacy can bring. The Symposium will also publish a report based on the speeches and suggestions from all speakers and participants, which will be delivered to the US Congress, US Government policy and decision-makers as well as to the international community.
Symposium Speakers & Delegates »Speakers and delegates during the symposium 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.
Speakers and Delegates for the Symposium include:
|Hon. Craig Kennedy
Former President, German Marshall Fund of the US
|Hon. Alberto Gonzales
80th United States Attorney General
|Gov. Richard Bryan
25th Governor of Nevada
|Amb. Elena Poptodorova
Ambassador of Bulgaria to the US
|Amb. Simona Miculescu
Ambassador of Romania to the UN
|Amb. Yuriy Sergeyev
Ambassador of Ukraine to the UN
|Amb. Ib Petersen
Ambassador of Denmark to the UN
Journalist, Washington Post
|H. E. Amb. Luis Carlos Villegas
Ambassador of Colombia to the US
Symposium Participants »Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the symposia, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form: