Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani: Cultural Diplomacy & ICD

Guest PostsCultural Diplomacy, Intercultural Dialogue, and Sustainable Development: A View of the Cultural Diplomacy Potential of the City of Islamabad. Guest post by Fatemeh Kamali-Chirani.

Cultural diplomacy based on intercultural dialogue creates trust by assuring the equality of all partners engaging in communication.

After concluding my PhD on intercultural dialogue between Muslim and Western countries (with a focus on the foreign cultural policies of Iran and Germany), I experienced one of the most attractive career opportunities of my life. Specifically, I started to work as a researcher (at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute) and a teacher (at the School of Politics and International Relations, Qauid-i-Azam University) in the fields of development and international relations in Pakistan.

Development as a discipline brought new light to my understanding about culture. I learned about the significance of “sustainable” development and its 17 goals (SDGs). In terms of a definition, I learned that it means development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, often called the Brundtland Report). Sustainable development thus requires change through culture. That piqued my curiosity as to why despite all attempts of the UN state members and international organizations like the World Bank still culture, which must be taken as a driving engine of integration of nations to serious change, is neglected and has not yet gotten the attention it deserves. Culture, even rhetorically, is just not a part of the SDGs’ list. Yet it needs to be.

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Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19 (Pakistan)

EventsCultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19, as part of 23rd Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan, 14-17 December, 2020.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. This year, keeping the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, organizers are looking at a conference where some speakers will be able to attend in person taking care of the social distancing and other precautionary measures, while the rest will participate through a web-based platform meant for virtual conference.

Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19

Culture is one of the main topics of this conference. The panel “Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19” is scheduled on 16th December, 1.45-3.15 pm (Pakistan Standard Time). The panel is supported by both SDPI and the German foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Pakistan, and will be chaired by Dr. Fatemeh Kamali- Chirani, who is affiliated with CID.

Lahore U of Management Sciences Job Ad: International Relations (Pakistan)

Job adsChair in International Relations, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Deadline: 31 July 2018.

The Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) seeks a qualified scholar to occupy the Dr. Khurshid Hyder Chair. The qualified person will either be a Senior Associate Professor or Full Professor (PhD required) who has research focus and teaching experience in the disciplinary areas of International Relations/Political Science.

The research concentration can range from conflict and security studies to multi- or bi-lateral diplomacy within South Asia or in other geographical regions (Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe, East Asia). Preferably the Chair will have further specialization in the study of International Cooperation and Institutions.