Professional Development Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy

Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy

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

Program Overview

The Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy is comprised of specialized courses designed to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge needed in the field of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations, with a particular emphasis on the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and as practiced by the private sector and civil society.

The program provides a thorough background in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach and addresses the most important contemporary international issues.

Program Structure, Methodology & Curriculum »

The Certificate Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy is a two-week program devoted to the study of Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations. 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 to strengthen 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 International Relations & Economics, Culture, Theology, History, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, 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 and Global Governance Institutions
  • Cultural Diplomacy by the Arts, Music and Cinema
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Democracy Promotion, Peace building & Reconciliation
  • Cultural Diplomacy and International Law
  • Corporate Cultural Diplomacy and the Global Economy
  • State Multiculturalism, Integration, and Cultural Diplomacy
  • The Role of the New Media in Supporting Conflict Zone Mediation and Peace-Building


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:
  • Soft Power, Hard Power and Smart Power
  • Cultural Diplomacy, Nation Branding & International Economics
  • EU Cultural Diplomacy
  • UN Cultural Diplomacy
  • Sports as Cultural Diplomacy
  • Facilitation of Religion in the Promotion of Mediation Procedures

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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