International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010

Venue: Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Date/Time: May 23, 2010 End Date/Time: May 30, 2010
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The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy ( is one of the world’s leading conferences in the fields of international relations and cultural studies. Held annually in Berlin by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, the event brings together world renowned figures (can be found below) from international politics, civil society, and academia to speak to an interdisciplinary audience including diplomatic and political representatives, scholars and academics, students and young professionals, and other interested stakeholders.

The change over the past two decades from an international system based on independent nation states to an interdependent world facing global challenges has been widely explored and analyzed. This shift has placed a higher priority on nation states working closely with one another and pursuing sustainable multilateral approaches to tackling global and regional challenges. The International Symposium 2010 will build on the foundation of these discussions by exploring the challenges that lie
ahead and the complex relationship between culture, international relations, and globalization over the next two decades.

Symposium Agenda
The International Symposium 2010 will be split into three complementary parts. The program will begin by looking in greater detail at “culture” and “identity” and how these terms are used and understood today. During this part of the program participants will have the opportunity to experience Berlin’s famous "Carnival of Cultures". The second part of the program will build on these components by considering the role that culture plays in contemporary international relations and the process of globalization. During these three days the concepts of “cultural diplomacy” and “soft power” will also be explored in more detail. The final part of the program will apply these discussions to one of the key issues that will determine global politics over the coming years – Afghanistan and stability in Central Asia. The Symposium will be split into the following three parts:
- "Defining and Understanding Culture in an International Context" (23rd - 25th May)
- A Three Piece Puzzle - "The Relationship between Culture, International Relations and Globalization" (26th - 27th May)
- "Understanding Afghanistan and Central Asia: Supporting Democracy and Stability - The Path Ahead" (28th - 30th May)

Social Activities
There will be a number of social events taking place during the International Symposium, which we hope you will be able to join us for, such as:

Live Concert by Marcia Barrett Lead Singer of Boney M (Wednesday, 26th May, 20:00)
The world renowned singer Marcia Barrett (lead singer of Boney M), will speak on the power of music to cross boundaries, reflecting on her experiences in Northern Ireland, Russia, and Georgia. Following her speech Ms. Barrett will perform a live acoustic concert of her greatest hits for the Symposium participants, speakers, and invited guests from Berlin’s political and diplomatic communities.