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The 2013 International Symposium on CD (Berlin)

The Protected content Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Levant
"Levant, Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy: Rediscovering the Mediterranean"
The Conference is Co-organized and Co-hosted by the Government of Romania, the Romanian Senate, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the University of Bucharest, the Romanian Foundation for Democracy
(Bucharest, May 23rd Protected content , Protected content

The Levant is the crossroads of Western Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and Northeast Africa; As such, its countries occupy a region of geographic and cultural significance. Individual countries in the Levant are interdependent and interconnected to the extent that they share both overlapping cultures and natural resources. However, the area is still prone to conflicts, which threaten the immense potential of the region as a whole. These disputes traditionally arise out of a plethora of cultural, political, religious, and economic differences across the region. The successful and long-term growth of each country depends on the stability of the region as a whole, for which de-escalation of disputes and reliable cooperation between states is paramount.

This requires a creative approach which recognises the history behind current conflicts and seeks to provide contemporary solutions. Given the region’s diversity of cultural identity and historical cultural significance, Cultural Diplomacy should be taken into account as a force to effect change.

Conference Location
Based in Bucharest, the conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Conference Speakers
Speakers during the Conference will include head of state and ministers, leading figures and experts from international politics, economics, academia, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector. The speakers will also include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.

Conference Participants
Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals, and students, as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

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