Montag, 23. Mai 2011

Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders

The next EMR Weeklong Seminar will take place from July 4th – 10th, 2011

Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMR) is an active network of young, dynamic, and influential people from across the world who have an interest in the European-Russian relationship. The program has been developed in recognition of the importance of the relationship between Russia, Europe, and the global political system.
Individuals can join the EMR Forum by taking part in one of the EMR Weeklong Seminars that are held in Berlin every 4-6 months. The goal of the EMR Weeklong Seminars is to train and prepare the participants to conducting their own activity in the future. Each EMR Weeklong Seminar will be focused on a specific theme related to European-Russian relations and the goals of the Forum. These Weeklong Seminars include lectures, seminars, and workshops led by experts from the fields of politics, academia, and civil society, as well as cultural and social activities. In addition to raising awareness amongst the participants of the field of cultural diplomacy and salient issues concerning European-Russian relations, the week provides an opportunity to network and experience Berlin.

Once they have joined the EMR Forum, members are supported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives, conducting academic research, and are invited to join the ICD Online Forum - enabling them to share information and communicate with likeminded individuals across the world.



Joining the Forum

Europe Meets Russia: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMR) is open to all individuals with an interest in international affairs in general, and the European Russian relations in particular. To join the forum you must take part in one of the EMR Weeklong Seminars, which will be held every 4-6 months in Berlin. The next EMR Weeklong Seminar will run from July 4th – 10th 2011.

If you would like to be considered for a place in the Weeklong Seminar please complete the online application form.


The Advantages of Joining the EMR Forum

Once individuals have taken part in a EMR Weeklong Seminar and joined the EMR Forum they will have support in the following areas:

Leadership Initiatives

Program participants are encouraged to organize their own “leadership initiatives” after the program, which can help to spread the principles of cultural diplomacy much further. The ICD is able to support Forum members in the areas of research, marketing, event management, and audio-visual documentation, as well as general guidance.

Academic Research

Forum members are supported by the ICD in conducting research studies into issues relating to the Forum. The ICD offers guidance in the preparation of research proposals and is able to publish studies completed to a large, international audience through the ICD website.

Networking

Once individuals join the Forum they are invited to join the ICD Networks. This Forum represents the perfect location to network and share information on job and internship opportunities, related events, reunions, and to gain support for your leadership initiative.

Program Agenda

The Next EMR Weeklong Seminar will take place in Berlin from July 4th – 10th, 2011. In addition to looking in greater detail at the history and development of cultural diplomacy, the next EMR Weeklong Seminar will focus in particular on the following theme:

"Mutually Assured Dependence: European-Russian Relations in the 21st Century"

The following issues will be mentioned and explored:
  • Current state of affairs: European-Russian relations since 2000
  • The possibilities of closer cooperation after the economic crisis in the scope of rising economies (Brasil, India, China)
  • The role of culture in promoting dialogue between Russia and Europe: cultural exchange and influence
  • Defining Europe's and Russia's 'sphere of influence': EU expansion, Russia's 'near abroad', the Eastern Partnership and other European neighbourhood policies
  • The role of soft power and the strategies adopted by Russia and Europe in terms of foreign policy
  • Energy security: mutual and opposing interests between Russia and European countries
  • The effects of (digital) media, language and culture on Russian and European Relations
  • Political and economic cooperation between Russia and European countries: the possibility of a common European policy (bilateral or multilateral agreements)
  • European-Russian security interests: START, the European Security Treaty and Anti-ballistic Missiles
  • Diverging perspectives on Europe's stance towards Russia: shared and opposing attitudes in Eastern and Western Europe
  • A one way street? Russian-European cooperation on human rights, democracy and freedom of speech
Program Directors: Arnold de Boer, Bjorn Kolkman
Email address: emr@culturaldiplomacy.org
www.culturaldiplomacy.org
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