”An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World”
(Berlin, 6th - 9th November 2010)
“A World Without Walls 2010” is an international conference being hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy that will explore the potential for cultural diplomacy and soft power in building peace and supporting reconciliation in different regions of the world.
The program will consist of lectures and seminars held by leading figures from international politics, academia, international development, and civil society, as well as debates and panel discussions. In addition to attending the academic components, participants will have the opportunity to experience Berlin’s rich
cultural landscape and network with each other through a series of cultural and social events. The event is scheduled parallel to the historic international celebrations taking place in Berlin on November 9th, commemorating 21 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There is a general consensus that the process of globalisation is creating a world in which individual nation states are increasingly interdependent. National approaches to issues including crime, healthcare, immigration, tourism, trade and investment, and climate change are increasingly dependent on the policies and approaches of
neighbouring states and international partners. Despite this growing interdependence, there remain a large number of conflicts across the world with deep-rooted historical experiences, from political conflict at the international level to violent conflict at the sub-national level. The de-escalation of these conflicts requires creative thinking and new approaches that take into account both the history of the division and the evolving global context within which it is set.
“A World Without Walls 2010” will consider new approaches to peacebuilding and reconciliation that have emerged over the preceding decade, focusing in particular on the use of soft power and cultural diplomacy. The program will then move to consider lessons learned from individual case studies, looking in detail at the examples such as Northern Ireland and Rwanda. During the final part of the conference, contemporary examples of conflict from different regions of the world will be considered and the potential for cultural diplomacy and soft power to play a role in their de-escalation will be discussed.
The Conference is open to applications from academics, diplomatic and political representatives, civil society practitioners, journalists, young professionals and students and other individuals with an interest in international relations, cultural studies, and global politics.
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