Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the Levant
" Levant, Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy: Rediscovering the Mediterranean "
(Bucharest; May 23rd - 25th, 2013)
www.l-e-v-a-n-t.org


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


Symposium Participants »
Participation in the Conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, human rights activists, historians, young professionals, and students, as well as other individuals interested in Italy, Europe, international relations, global politics, and related fields from across the world.

Symposium Speakers »
Speakers during the Conference will include leading dignitaries, heads of state, ministers, politicians, diplomats, academics, authors, human rights activist, journalists, authors, and artists, as well as figures and experts from international politics, economics, the cultural sector, diplomacy, and civil society and private sector representatives from around the world. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.

Speakers for the Symposium include:

• The Hon. Crin Antonescu - President of the Romanian Senate
• Amb. Katalin Bogyay - Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Hungary to UNESCO; President of UNESCO's General Conference (2011 - 2013)
• The Hon. Petru Lucinschi - Former President of Moldova
• The Hon. Titus Corlăţean - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania
• Dr. Ioan Pânzaru - Rector of the University of Bucharest
• The Hon. Zhelyu Zhelev - Former President of Bulgaria
• H.E. Victor Ponta - Prime Minister of Romania
• HRH Crown Princess Margareta of Romania

To apply, please click http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/index.php?en_iscd-2013