The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is currently accepting applications to the international congress “Hard vs. Soft Power: Foreign Policy Strategies in Contemporary International Politics”.  Speakers will include leading figures from international politics and diplomacy, academia, civil society, the armed forces, and related fields, including:

Anna Fotyga – Former Foreign Minister of Poland

Teresa Patrício de Gouveia – Former Foreign Minister of Portugal

Dr. Solomon Passy – Former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria

Andrew Sparrow – Senior Political Editor, Guardian Online

Prof. Inderjeet Parmar – Professor of Government, Manchester University, Vice-Chair, UK International Studies Association

Jean Lambert – MEP for London (Green Party); Vice-President of the Greens/European Free Alliance Group

Mark C. Donfried – Director & Founder – the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

Martin Bell – UNICEF UK Ambassador, Former British MP (Independent)

Samuel Jones – Head of Culture at Demos; DCMS Fellow

Simon Berry – Founder and Director of Colalife

Further speakers will be updated regularly under www.culturaldiplomacy.org/cambridgeforum

“Hard vs. Soft Power” is open to students and young professionals, journalists, political and diplomatic representatives, and other individuals with an active interest in international politics and the drivers of foreign policy.  The Conference will be split into three complementary parts. The program will begin by looking in detail at the concepts of “hard power”, “soft power”, and “smart power” — where they have come from, how they have developed, and their application in contemporary international relations.

Case studies from across the world will be used to provide practical examples of these approaches.

The second part of the program will focus on the foreign policy strategies of the United Kingdom at present and in the coming decade. Speakers will consider the evolution of British foreign policy priorities, the strategies that are being used to pursue these objectives, and the role of the media in interpreting and shaping government activity.

The third and final part of the conference will consider the future of international relations at the global level. It will explore the changing nature of global politics, the emergence of global public goods and other trans-national challenges, and will provide case studies through which the strategies of hard and soft power can be assessed.

“Hard Vs Soft Power” will be based in the Cambridge Union, home of the university’s largest student society and the oldest student debating society in the world. The Union is located in the heart of Cambridge, surrounded by the city’s historic colleges and a short walk to the River Cam.

Further information about the conference can be found here.

Members of the Cambridge Union are able to attend at a reduced rate.

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