The Future of US Foreign Policy

The Political, Economic, & Cultural Dimensions

(International Conference; November 7th - 10th, 2016)


“The Future of US Foreign Policy” is an international conference held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in association with high-profile international partners. The event brings together key stakeholders from the US, Europe, and across the world to reflect on the future of US foreign policy and related issues, with a particular focus on the transatlantic relationship. The conference consists of lectures, panel discussions, and debates featuring renowned experts from international politics, diplomacy, and academia. In addition to the academic components, cultural and social activities provide an opportunity for the participants to discuss with the speakers and expand their personal networks.

In light of the forthcoming US presidential elections, the 2016 conference will focus on the theme “The Roles and Responsibilities of the US and Europe in the Free World”. The theme was selected in recognition of two significant developments in the field of international relations. Firstly: The global deterioration of international relations and secondly the emergence of new global challenges such as financial instability, terrorism, climate change and the prevention of health pandemics, which are all areas of activity that require the international community to build sustainable and multilateral approaches.

In recognition of these developments, there is a demonstrable need to analyze and reflect on the activity of the US and Europe within this new context and in addressing these new challenges.


Speakers during the event will include leading politicians, diplomats, governmental officials, senior academics, journalists, and celebrated artists. These speakers will include a large number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board. To learn more about the ICD Advisory Board, please click here.


Based in Berlin, the conference will be hosted at ICD House of Arts & Culture and in a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

Certificate of Attendance - All conference participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part and the topics discussed.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the link below and fill out the online application form:

Participant Papers »

The Conference Committee encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the Conference. The Conference Committee would therefore like to welcome the participants of the conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community worldwide.

Sustainable Network »

During the program participants will have a number of opportunities to network with one another, with the speakers, and with ICD Board Members and partners. Conference participants will become part of the ICD Alumni, a growing international network of people of diverse interests and backgrounds from around the world who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities: Alumni online forum, Advisory Board Networking, ICD support for individual Leadership Initiatives, free access to all ICD research, videos and photos as well as other event documentation. Participants will be able to remain in touch with each other through the ICD Networks. (more)