“Democracy, Development, and Diplomacy in Afghanistan & Central Asia”
(Berlin; June 21st – 23rd, 2013)
Afghanistan is a country in transition. With half of the American troops and almost all of the British troops currently stationed in the country expected to be withdrawn before the end of 2014, the handover of power and transition to self-governance is increasing in pace as the country prepares to manage itself with complete independence. This will naturally pose a challenge to a country in which war has been waged for over a decade. In light of the war in Afghanistan, it is often forgotten that for the majority of the Twentieth Century, Afghanistan was a self-governed, relatively moderate country; it was only after the Taliban seizure of power in 1996 that Islamic fundamentalist rule was established, leading to a massive disregard for human rights and the rule of law. Regardless of whether the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 was justified, the country is now on the road to self-governance and democratic representation, and the International Symposium in Cultural Diplomacy in Afghanistan & Central Asia will address important issues regarding the past, present, and future of Afghanistan and other central Asian states.
Based in Berlin, the Conference will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city, and will consist of excursions to the country's top institutions and landmarks. Featured locations during the Conference will include: German Parliament, Berlin City Hall, European House Berlin, the German Foreign Office, the Brandenburg Gate, and the House of World Cultures, in addition to various foreign embassies and governmental institutions.
Speakers during the Conference will include head of state and ministers, leading figures and experts from international politics, economics, academia, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector. The speakers will also include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.
Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals, and students, as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
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Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)
Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719
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