ICD Major Events, April – May 2011

(For the complete ICD Calendar 2011 click here)

The British-German Conference 2011: “The UK and Germany in a Changing World Order: New Challenges, New Strategies”:(Berlin, 27th – 30th April 2011)


The British-German Conference 2011 is a four-day program of keynote speeches, panel discussions, and debates that will address the international roles and responsibilities of the UK and Germany in a changing world order, and the importance of the bi-lateral relationship. Speakers at the conference will be high-profile figures from the UK, Germany, and the wider international community, in the fields of international politics, diplomacy, academia, the private sector and civil society. Attendance at the conference is open to scholars and students, diplomatic and political representatives, journalist, civil society practitioners, and other stakeholders with an interest in the UK, Germany, and the field of international relations.

The online application form can be found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/ukmeetsgermany/index.php?en_conference_application-form


The UK Meets Germany – A Forum for Young Leaders (UKMG): Berlin, April 26th- May 1st 2011

Alongside the UKMG participants will attend The British-German Conference 2011

The UK Meets Germany: A Forum for Young Leaders (UKMG) is a network of students and young professionals with an interest in exploring and strengthening the German-British relationship. Participants join the forum by taking part in a UKMG Weeklong Seminar, following which they are encouraged to conduct their own research and organise their own activity in the field.

The online application form can be found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/ukmeetsgermany/index.php?en_application-form


The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011: “Hard Vs. Soft Power in Local and Global Politics: Redefining Concepts of Power and Influence in an Age of Interdependence, Digital Revolution, and Social Media”: (Berlin, 11th-15th May 2011)


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. At the level of international relations the change is accompanied by a growing understanding of the importance of global public goods. Activity to tackle climate change, for example, can no longer be pursued by individual states acting alone. Similarly, issues that have traditionally been considered of domestic concern have been given an international dimension: national policies on immigration, healthcare, education, and economics must increasingly be coordinated with international partners.

In addition to the changes outlined above, a further development can be identified in national and international politics: Digital communication technologies and social media are revolutionizing the interaction between politicians and citizens. For politicians, new technologies are providing an easier, cheaper way of informing a broad range of people about new policies, opinions, and initiatives. For citizens, the diverse range of media that have emerged as a result of technological advancements means that they can keep up-do-date with developments around the world, in real time. Combined, these developments mean that interaction between politicians and citizens is intensified. Moreover, the information is flowing in two directions: Campaigns and initiatives launched from the blogosphere can be seen to influence the presentation of policy decisions, but also the policies themselves. In countries where traditional media are state controlled, social media have become a valuable mechanism to organize and execute protests, and express the “mood of the nation”.

The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011 is being hosted to analyze these two developments: The sharing of power and responsibility horizontally, across national barriers, and vertically, between politicians and citizens.

The online application form can be found under: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_symposium2011_application-form


The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA: “The Roles and Responsibilities of the US and Europe in the New World Order and Digital Revolution: Exploring the Political, Economic, and Cultural Dimensions”: (Washington, D.C., 18th-21st May 2011)


The 2011 conference will focus on the theme “The Roles and Responsibilities of the US and Europe in the New Global Community”. The theme was selected in recognition of two significant developments in the field of international relations. Firstly: The development of a new global community with new players, both at the sub-state and inter-state level, and new forms of influence and power. Secondly, the emergence of new, global challenges: The developments in the Arab World, Climate change disasters, financial instability, terrorism, and the prevention of health pandemics, are all areas of activity that require the community to build sustainable, multilateral approaches.

In recognition of these developments, there is a demonstrable need to analyze and reflect on the activity of the US and Europe within this new context, and in addressing these new challenges. The conference will therefore begin with an assessment of the new global community: How has it been formed, how does it operate, and what changes are we likely see in the future. Following this, the focus will move to a consideration of the key challenges facing the global community today, from climate change and natural disasters to cultural differences. Finally, the program will build on these discussions to reflect on the positions of the US and Europe in this changing international environment and: What do their international partners expect of the US and Europe, and how can they forge stronger relations with countries in all regions to ensure the cooperation necessary to tackle the challenges ahead?

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