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    Nov 2010
    The Future of US Foreign Policy: The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?
    (International Conference, Washington DC, 4th - 6th January, 2011)

    Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, the foreign policy goals and priorities of individual nation states must increasingly take into account an interdependent, multi-polar international environment, and must increasingly balance the pursuit of national interests with the pursuit of global public goods.

    Two years into the new US administration and following the mid-term elections, American citizens and the international community wait expectantly to see how America’s foreign policy approach will adapt to the new challenges confronting the Obama administration. Over the past two years, the international community has come to see soft power and cultural diplomacy play a more significant role within US foreign policy and international relations in general, as it has been recognized that these approaches can general multi-lateral consensus as opposed to confrontation. However, the challenges facing the international community within the context of globalization continue to deepen due to a fragmented international framework filled with mistrust, competition and economic and political fragility.

    The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore developed The Future of US Foreign Policy: “The Revival of Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy?” to explore the concepts of soft power and cultural diplomacy and assess the role they currently play in U.S. foreign policy. The program will then consider the potential for these strategies in the future and will provide clear recommendations for policy makers in the U.S. and internationally.

    Conference Participants
    The conference is open to applications from young professionals, students and scholars, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, and other interested stakeholders from across the world.

    The online application form can be found under:

    The speakers during the Seminar will include leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector, from across the world. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board please click here).

    Speakers for the Conference include:

    Alan Larson - Former United States Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs
    Dr. Ali Ahmad Jalali - Former Interior Minister of Afghanistan; Distinguished Professor at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies of the National Defense University, Washington.
    Amb. András Simonyi - Former Hungarian Ambassador to the US
    President Dr. Alfredo Palacio - Former President of Ecuador
    Amb. Christopher R. Hill - Former US Ambassador to Macedonia, Poland, South Korea and Iraq; Former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    Amb. Dr. Cynthia Schneider - Professor of Cultural Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands
    Amb. Elena Poptodorova - Ambassador of Bulgaria to the USA
    Ellen P. Embrey - Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
    Dr. Fred Charles Iklé - Former United States Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
    Lord Jack McConnell - Former First Minister of Scotland
    Dr. Jackson Janes - Executive Director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC
    Dr. James M. Goldgeier - Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
    Sir James Mancham - Former President of the Republic of Seychelles
    Admiral James Milton Loy - Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the Coast Guard
    James S. Robbins - Senior Editorial Writer for Foreign Affairs at the Washington Times
    John Feffer - Co-Director, Foreign Policy in Focus - Institute for Policy Studies
    Dr. Karen Donfried - Executive Vice President, the German Marshall Fund of the United States
    Kingsley Smith - Program Director - NPR Worldwide & NPR Berlin
    Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović - Ambassador of Croatia to United States
    Dr. Martin A. Klimke - Research Fellow, German Historical Institute (GHI) Washington, D.C.
    The Honorable Michael Chertoff - Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security
    Michele Wucker - Author; President of The World Policy Institute
    Dr. Miomir Zuzul - Former Foreign Minister of Croatia, President of Dubrovnik International University
    Dr. Paul R. Pillar - Veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); A Visiting Professor at Georgetown University for Security Studies
    Phyllis E. Oakley - Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research; Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration
    Dr. Solomon Passy - Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria
    Governor Steve Cowper - Former Governor of Alaska
    The Hon. Senator Tim Hutchinson - Former United States Senator from Arkansas
    President Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga - Former President of Latvia (tbc)
    Vivian Schiller - CEO and President of NPR
    Dr. Volker Berghahn - Professor of History, Columbia University, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
    William Howard Taft IV - Former United States Deputy Secretary of Defense; Former Legal Adviser of the Department of State; Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
    Governor William Weld - Former Governor of Massachusetts
    Certificate of Attendance
    All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance at the end of the program. This certificate will confirm attendance and provide details of the speakers who took part during the program and the topics discussed.

    Participant Papers
    The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages research and progressive thought into the fields of culture, globalization and international relations. In this regard, the ICD welcomes participants of the Conference to submit papers on this subject. The papers can cover any topic within these fields, according to your own particular interests and passions. Participants can submit work that they have completed in the past for other purposes, ongoing research or a paper written specifically for the conference. Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work.

    Sustainable Network
    Conference participants will become part of a growing international network of people from across the world with different fields of interest and levels of experience, who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Online Network. This network represents a medium through which members can exchange information on research, job opportunities, related events, and coordinate their own cultural exchange initiatives. The ICD will help to support the participants in their future activities by providing guidance and advice on possible research topics and helping to support members who plan to organize their own cultural exchange initiatives.


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