Dear Sir/Madam,
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) and CivWorld/Demos are pleased to announce:
"A World without Walls"

An International Congress on "Soft Power", Cultural Diplomacy and Interdependence

The ICD House of Arts & Culture: Kurfürstendamm 207-8, Berlin, Germany
November 06th – 09th, 2009
Call for Applications
"A World without Walls" is being hosted by the ICD and CivWorld/Demos on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and will bring together an international group of young leaders, political and diplomatic representatives, and individuals from the private sector and civil society for a four-day program of lectures, seminars, and panel discussions. During the program, participants will consider the development of international relations over the past two decades, explore the challenges and opportunities of interdependence, and look at the importance of cultural diplomacy in ensuring sustainable multilateral cooperation.
The speakers at the event will be leading international figures from politics and academia, who will contribute unique perspectives on these three issues under consideration. Components will include a panel discussion featuring Former Heads of State on the subject of “Global Leadership in a World Without Walls: The Challenges Ahead” and a panel discussion for Former Foreign Ministers on the subject of “Balancing Global Public Goods and National Priorities: Establishing Foreign Policy in an Interdependent World”.
We are pleased to announce that the Rt. Hon David Trimble, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Former First Minister of Northern Ireland, will speak at the event.
I would be grateful if you could forward this e-mail on to any individuals who you feel may be interested.
Further information can be found under:
The full list of speakers includes many distinguished politicians, diplomats, and professors; Confirmed speakers for the event include :
David Trimble Former First Minister of Northern Ireland; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 1998
Ségolène Royal President of the Poitou-Charentes Regional Council; Former Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party of France
Janez Janša Former Prime Minister of Slovenia, President of the Slovenian Democratic Party
Mike Kenneth Moore Former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Former Director General of the World Trade Organization
President Dr. Alfredo Palacio Former Vice President of Ecuador, Former President of Ecuador
President Emil Constantinescu Former President of Romania
Jack McConnell MSP; Former First Minister of Scotland
President Sir James Richard Marie Mancham Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles
Luc Van den Brande Former Minister-President of Flanders
Dr. Zlatko Lagumdžija Former Prime minister and Former Foreign Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Mirko Tomassoni Member of the San Marino Grand and Central Council, Former Captain Regent of San Marino
Radmila Sekarinska Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia
Annelli Jäätteenmäki Member of the European Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Finland
Senator the Hon. Alan Baird Ferguson 22nd President of the Australian Senate
Minister Dr. Igor Lukšič Minister of Education and Sport of Slovenia
Dr. Vasile Puşcaş Romanian Minister for European Affairs
Dr. Solomon Isaac Passy Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE
Ioannis Kasoulides Member of the European Parliament, Former Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Cypriot Presidential Candidate in 2008
H.E. Yasar Yakis Turkish MP, Former Foreign Minister of Turkey, Chairman of the Euro
pean Union Harmonization Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
Jytte Hilden Former Minister of Culture of Denmark
Gerassimos D. Arsenis Greek Former Minister of Defence
Dr. Jo Ritzen Former Dutch Minister of Education, Culture, and Science, Former Vice-President of the World Bank
David Andrews Former Foreign Minister of Ireland
Dr. Erkki Tuomioja Member of Finnish Parliament, Former Finnish Foreign Minister (2000 – 2007)
Erna Hennicot Schoepges European Member of Parliament, Former Luxembourgian Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs
Congressman Jose de Venecia, Jr. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. Former President of the Philippines party LAKAS-CMD
Dr. Benjamin Barber Professor of Civil Society and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, Author of bestseller “Jihad vs. McWorld”
Merethe Stagetorn Defense Lawyer for the Danish Supreme Court
For any additional information please contact us at
With warm regards,
Mark Donfried
Director & Founder
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
Keithstr. 14, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49/(0)30 2360 7680
Fax: +49/(0)30 2360 768 11