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The British-German Conference 2011

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The British-German Conference 2011:
“The UK and Germany in a Changing World Order: New Challenges, New Strategies”
(Berlin, 27th-30th April 2011)
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The UK Meets Germany – A Forum for Young Leaders:
(Berlin, April 26th- May 1st 2011)

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

On behalf of the ICD, I am writing to bring to your attention the next major programs hosted by the ICD in partnership with other leading organizations. We are currently accepting applications to attend these programs, and I would therefore be grateful if you could share the announcement within your network and forward the information below on to anyone who you feel may be interested in attending. We would also be delighted to have you involved and to welcome you to Berlin.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in raising awareness of our upcoming events. If you do not wish to receive emails from the ICD in future, please send us an email to info@culturaldiplomacy.org indicating this.


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

The UK Meets Germany – A Forum for Young Leaders:
(Berlin, April 26th- May 1st 2011)
www.ukmeetsgermany.org
*Participants in the forth coming UKMG Weeklong Seminar will also take part in the Conference: “The British-German Conference 2011” (Berlin, 27th - 30th April 2011).

I am pleased to announce that you can now follow the ICD, and connect with our global network, online. The ICD Face book group allows you to communicate with likeminded individuals across the world, and by following us on Twitter you will be the first to know about our new programs, as well as the latest developments in the field of Cultural Diplomacy.

With warmest regards,

Mark Donfried
Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)
Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719
Phone: 00.49(0)30.2360-7680
www.culturaldiplomacy.org
info@culturaldiplomacy.org


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ICD Calendar 2011 (More>):

• The UK Meets Germany – A Forum for Young Leaders (UKMG) > (Berlin, April 26th – May 1st 2011)
• The British-German Conference 2011 > (Berlin, 27th – 30th April 2011)
• Cultural Bridges in Germany (Held in German) > (Berlin, 2nd – 7th May 2011)
• Germany and the World (Held in German) > (Berlin, 4th – 7th May 2011)
• The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2011 > (Berlin, 11th-15th May 2011)
• The USA Meets Europe- A Forum for Young Leaders > (Washington, D.C., 16th – 21st May 2011)
• The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the USA > (Washington, D.C., 18th-21st May 2011)


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


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.

Program Background:

Germany and the UK are both experiencing crucial periods of self-analysis. With public debt at worryingly high levels and economic recovery taking longer than expected, the financial security of Europe and the Eurozone is coming under increasing focus amongst political commentators across the continent. Economic instability in the Eurozone has, in turn, only heightened divisions that exist amongst national politicians in their positions towards the EU.

The structures of international organisations have also been brought under scrutiny by the global economic crisis, and face additional pressure on account of the ongoing instability in Afghanistan and central Asia. With regards to the United Nations, there is continued discussion surrounding the reform of the UN Security Council. Central to this is improving the representation of UN membership; Germany’s campaign for a permanent seat is supported by the UK, whilst other members, such as Italy and the Netherlands, have expressed caution.

The founding principle of NATO as a collective defence organisation is also undergoing re-definition as it expands to incorporate the risk of so-called ‘home-grown’ terrorism, threats from cyber attacks, and unprecedented numbers of natural disasters. The UK and Germany will play key roles in its future. They contribute the second and third greatest number of troops, respectively, to the International Security Force in Afghanistan, with plans in place to begin withdrawing troops this year. Germany’s focus is on training as opposed to combat, in line with the German Federal Government’s coalition agreement to a ‘culture of restraint’, which is traditional in German foreign and security policy, but is not always in line with that of the UK. M

In the area of climate change, the perceived failure of the Copenhagen Conference and the subsequent public outcry reflects not only the challenges associated with harnessing multi-lateral agreement on climate change, but also the importance with which this issue is viewed amongst civil societies and general publics. Germany and the UK are both under pressure from environmental groups within their political systems, and the general publics at large, to lead by example and hold themselves accountable to higher standards than other states outside of Europe.

The national, regional, and global challenges outlined above affect both the UK and Germany, if in different ways. As two of Europe’s most populous, most economically powerful, and most globally visible states, they have key roles to play in meeting these challenges. The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy has therefore decided to launch “The British-German Conference 2011” to reflect on these challenges, the German and British approaches to them, and the importance of the two countries working together.

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

The online application form can be found under:
http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/ukmeet ... ation-form

Speakers
The speakers during the program will consist of renowned figures from international economics and politics including former Heads of State, current and former Ministers, high-profile representatives from the private and public sectors, renowned stakeholders from civil society, and the world’s leading academics from the fields of economics, political science, and the social sciences. A large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board will also be speaking at the British-German conference.

Certificate of Attendance
All seminar participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed. Each certificate will be signed by two members of the ICD's Advisory Board (The ICD Advisory Board list can be found (here)).

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.


The UK Meets Germany – A Forum for Young Leaders:
“The UK and Germany in a Changing World Order: New Challenges, New Strategies”
(Berlin, April 26th- May 1st 2011)
www.ukmeetsgermany.org
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.

Weeklong Seminars are held in Berlin every 4-6 months and consist of five day programs of lectures, seminars, and workshops, together with cultural and social activities. The Seminars aim to give the participants an insight into key perspectives on the German-British relationship, introduce them to a network of likeminded individuals, and allow them to explore the cultural landscape of the city of Berlin. Speakers during the seminars include individuals from the fields of politics, diplomacy, academia, culture & the arts, civil society, and the private sector. Once individuals have taken part in a UKMG Weeklong Seminar and joined the forum, they become a part of the ICD’s network, which facilitates communication between likeminded individuals across the world.
Participants
The forum is open to applications from young professionals, students and scholars, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, economists, journalists, and other interested stakeholders.

The online application form can be found under:

http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/ukmeet ... ation-form


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The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy
www.culturaldiplomacy.org

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal of the ICD is to promote global peace and stability through strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, whose programs facilitate interaction between individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.

Previous Events
Previous events held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy include the Berlin International Economics Congress 2011 (Berlin, March 9th - 12th 2011 – www.biec.de ), which hosted The Hon. Nahas Angula - Prime minister of Namibia; The Hon. Jean-Paul Adam - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Seychelles; The Hon. Alberto Jose Guevara Obregon - Minister of Finance of Nicaragua; The Hon. Al Imam Al Sadig Al Mahdi - Former Prime minister of Sudan; The Hon. Akua Sena Dansua - Minister for Tourism of Ghana; and The Hon. Edmund Bartlett - Minister of Tourism of Jamaica.

In January 2011 the ICD hosted "The Future of US Foreign Policy" (Washington DC, January 4th-6th), which hosted The Honorable Michael Chertoff - Former United States Secretary of Homeland Security; Senator William Emerson Brock III - 18th United States Secretary of Labor; Admiral James Milton Loy - Former United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of the Coast Guard; Vivian Schiller - CEO and President of NPR; Governor William Weld - Former Governor of Massachusettsand The Hon. Senator Tim Hutchinson - Former United States Senator from Arkansas.

In November 2010 the ICD hosted “A World without Walls: An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World”, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (www.world-without-walls.org). Speakers in this event included Lord Anthony Giddens (Baron Giddens, of Southgate) - Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics; Former Director of the London School of Economics; Janez Janša - Former Prime Minister of Slovenia; Joaquim Chissano - Former President of Mozambique; Former Chairperson of the African Union; and Lord Jack McConnell - Former First Minister of Scotland.

In May 2010 the ICD hosted The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010 (www.icd-interantionalsymposium.org ). Speakers in this event included Bertie Ahern - Former Prime minister of Ireland; Emil Constantinescu - ICD Advisory Board Member - Former President of Romania; Sir Malcolm Rifkind - Former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom; Kjell Magne Bondevik - Former Prime Minister of Norway; and Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga - ICD Advisory Board Member - Former President of Latvia.

For more information on speakers who have attended previous ICD events, please click here.

For any additional information please address any queries to info@culturaldiplomacy.org

With warm regards and gratitude,

Mark Donfried
Director & Founder

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)
Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719
Phone: 00.49.(0)30.2360-7680
Fax: 00.49.(0)30.2360-76811
www.culturaldiplomacy.org
info@culturaldiplomacy.org

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