(Brussels, April 17th – 19th, 2013)
The ICD recognizes the unique partnership shared by Africa and Europe, two highly diverse yet interdependent continents. To exemplify this fact and further build on this mutually beneficial relationship, the second European African Alliance will be held by the ICD. As the political epicenter of Europe, Brussels will serve as the venue for this conference.
The conference seeks to explore the dynamics of interregional cooperation between two major world players; Africa and Europe. Potential paths to the improvement of exchange in the spheres of economics, politics and culture will be examined, drawing upon successful models from their respective experiences. The conference seeks to clarify that, while both continents are interdependent, they are simultaneously independent. This combination of cooperative and self-determined action allows Africa and Europe to act as sponsors of stability within
their regions as well as between the regions.
The first part of the conference will begin by exploring the novel opportunities that Africa and Europe can seize in the quest to promote their cooperation in the fields of culture, youth education, women empowerment and peace and security. The second topic will offer an in-depth analysis of the current economic situation in both continents and will provide an insight into corporate behaviour and entrepreneurship, allowing parties to exchange expertise. Finally, the conference will integrate cultural diplomacy as a highly conducive means of strengthening the European African alliance.
The ICD believes that cultural diplomacy plays a key role in fortifying Europe and Africa’s alliance. Through music, cinema and the arts, both continents can experience cultural diplomacy in practice with the aim of expanding non-traditional methods of cooperation.
The conference is open to applications from governmental and diplomatic officials, journalists, civil society practitioners, young professionals, students and scholars, private sector representatives, and other interested stakeholders from across the world.
All participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics at the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD’s Advisory Board.
The Conference will be hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Speakers during the conference will include leading figures and experts from civil society, international politics, academia, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector. These speakers will include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board, please click here).
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The ICD would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the Conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the Conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.