Professional Development Program in Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation

Certificate Program in Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation

(Berlin; December 14th - 22nd, 2017)

Program Overview

The Certificate Program in Global Governance & Cultural Diplomacy is comprised of specialized courses designed to provide participants with a substantial knowledge of Cultural Diplomacy as practiced by global governance institutions and international organizations around the world. A particular emphasis of the program is Cultural Diplomacy's role in global governance to improve the ways in which the diversity of cultures can properly understand each other and to facilitate cooperation more effectively at the political, economic and cultural levels. The program provides analysis of the practice of Cultural Diplomacy at the multilateral level by examining specific case studies of global governance organizations and international organizations.

Program Structure, Methodology & Curriculum »

The Certificate Program in Cultural Diplomacy & Conflict Zone Mediation is a two-week program devoted to the study of Cultural Diplomacy and Conflict Zone Mediation. The Program consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, social activities and special events. The program provides a thorough background in Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach, while further accentuating the role and potential of Cultural Diplomacy in conflict resolution and mediation, with the end goal of strengthening international relations.
The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom lectures and seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and non-governmental organizations; educational events, conferences, tours, and meetings with foreign officials are further incorporated into the curriculum. In addition, the program allows participants the opportunity to attend all ICD conferences, events, presentations, and other activities.

Participants will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, religious institutions, research centers, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation, International Relations & Economics, Culture, Theology, History, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, and Development.

To learn more about the Program Structure and Curriculum please click here.


Lectures & Seminars

Lectures and seminars will include an interdisciplinary mixture of the relevant topics to the field of cultural diplomacy and international relations taught by leading experts and practitioners in the field.

Lectures and seminars will explore and analyze the following topics:
  • The History and Theory of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Cultural Diplomacy in a Multipolar World
  • Applied Cultural Diplomacy
  • Cultural Diplomacy, International Relations & Global Politics
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones
  • Cultural Diplomacy and Global Governance Institutions
  • Theories and Techniques of Conflict Management
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Conflict Zone Mediation & Peace-Building
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Post-Conflict Societies - Case Studies
  • The Human Rights Based Approach to Sustainable Development
  • Economic Bridges as a Tool for Peace-building, Sustainable Development, and Stability
  • Interfaith Dialogue as Tool for Peace-building, Sustainable Development, and Stability
  • The Role of the Global Media in Supporting Conflict Zone Mediation and Peace-Building
  • Cultural Diplomacy and International Law
  • Corporate Cultural Diplomacy and the Global Economy in Post Conflict Zones


The Certificate Program workshops are a blend of interactive academic studies and practical training, which will assist participants in the development of their professional skills.

Workshops will explore and analyze the following topics:
  • Workshop: Strategies for State Multiculturalism, Integration, and Cultural Diplomacy in a Conflict Zone
  • Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power Strategies for Conflict Mediation and Within Conflict Zones
  • Debate: Intervention of Global Governance Institutions in Conflict Zones - Resolving the Intervention Dilemma
  • Sports Cultural Diplomacy as a Tool for Reconciliation in Conflict Zones
  • Case Study Workshop: Cultural Diplomacy in Reconciliation Processes - The Gacaca Courts in Rwanda
  • Facilitation of Religion in the Promotion of Mediation Procedures
  • Role-play Simulation: "Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones"
  • Case Study Workshop: Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones Past & Present

Program Locations

Based primarily in the ICD House in Berlin, the program sessions will be hosted in addition, at a number of leading political, historic, and cultural venues across the city.

Program Participants

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

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the program, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

Certificate of Attendance

All 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 members of the ICD's Advisory Board. (The ICD Advisory Board list can be found here.)

Sustainable Network »

During the weeklong program the participants will have opportunities to network amongst each other, with the speakers, as well as with ICD Advisory Board Members and partners. Academy Session participants 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 Networks.

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