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Ribal Al-Assad to speak at major international conference in Berlin on peacebuilding and reconciliation

Saturday, 2 October 2010

ODFS Director Ribal Al-Assad has been invited to speak at an international conference being hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin. The conference, “A World Without Walls 2010 - "An International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World," will be held in November.

The conference will explore the potential for cultural diplomacy and soft power in building peace and supporting reconciliation in different regions of the world. The invitation to Ribal Al-Assad was made personally by the Director of the ICD, Mark C. Donfried, at a meeting yesterday at the Institute's headquarters in Berlin.

The conference program will consist of lectures and seminars held by leading figures from international politics, academia, international development, and civil society. Speakers include Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics, Anatoliy Zlenko, Former Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Senator Alan Ferguson, Deputy President of the Australian Senate, Dr. Alfredo Palacio, Former President of Ecuador, and H.E. Yasar Yakis MP, Former Foreign Minister of Turkey.

Commenting on the inivitation to speak at the conference, Ribal Al-Assad said:

"I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to speak at the, “A World Without Walls 2010" conference. It was a pleasure to meet the Director of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Mark C. Donfried. ICD is doing great work to promote global peace and stability through strengthening intercultural relations. I look forward to the conference."


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