International Online

Intercultural Communication

and Public Diplomacy:

Effective Education

for Future Peacebuilders

November 25-26, 2020

The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts, munificently supported by the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund (USA) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), had the honour to host a splendidly insightful colloquy that confederated a group of eminent scholars and diplomatists with a very diverse international audience.

The purpose of this two-day gathering was to launch a series of further collaboration-oriented symposia on the following matters:

  • How the studies pertaining to intercultural communication and public diplomacy should evolve in order to meet the challenges of today’s world?
  • What is the best place for such instruction in the higher education curriculum?
  • What agenda for intercultural communication and public diplomacy should define the post-university training of early career professionals in diplomatic service and other fields of international interactions?
  • How the schooling in question may encompass both theoretical and cases-based knowledge regarding cultural heritage, identities, and mentalities, as well as national minorities, indigenous peoples, and diasporas?

As for the initial discussions that took place within the conference’s panels, their illuminating perspective is owed to our distinguished speakers:

Dr. Vivian Walker

Executive Director, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
at the Department of State

Ms. Iryna Borovets

Deputy Director, Communications and Public Diplomacy Department,
MFA of Ukraine

Dr. Stephen Eric Bronner

Co-Director, International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue;
Board of Governors Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at Rutgers University

Mr. Eric Gozlan

Co-Director, International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue,
expert on Middle East and Africa, civil diplomat facilitating peace and interfaith dialogue

Mr. Igor A. Kotler

Vice-President of the International Council for Diplomacy and Dialogue;
President and Executive Director of the Museum of Human Rights, Freedom, and Tolerance; Visiting Senior Research Fellow and Head of the US-Russia-Former Soviet Union Dialogue Project at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at the Rutgers University

Mr. José Garson

Visiting Professor of negotiation techniques, concepts and multicultural approaches at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), INSEAD/CEDEP (Fontainebleau, France), UNITAR (Geneva, Switzerland) and International Labour Organization Training Center (Torino, Italy)

Professor Dr. hab. Mykhailo Kirsenko

Professor, History & Political Studies Departments, the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; Professor, Diplomatic Service Department, Regional Studies Department, the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Professor Dr. hab. Eleonora Kuchmenko

Professor, History and International Relations Department, Nizhyn Gogol State University (Nizhyn, Ukraine); Professor (History and International History), the National Pedagogical Dragomanov University (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Prof. Dr. Eithne Knappitsch

Head and Co-Founder of SIETAR Carinthia/SIETAR Austria;
Professor of Intercultural Management and Program Director of a Business Bachelor in Intercultural Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

Ms. Olena Dobra

Deputy Chairwoman, the Federation of Greek Associations of Ukraine (Mariupol, Ukraine)

Ms. Viktoriya Khalanchuk

Leading expert, the State Service of Ukraine for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience

Ms. Oksana Zabuzova

Executive Director, Head of Etiquette and Protocol Programs, Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts; expert in pedagogics, educational systems, and cultural aspects of social communication

Dr. Dmytro Ishchenko (moderator)

Chairman, Head of Diplomatic History, Theory, and Practice Programs, Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts



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the recording of Panel 1 and Panel 2 (November 25, 2020)
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