Europe Meets Central/Southeast Asia: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMCA)

"Cultural Diplomacy in Central/Southeast Asia: The Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions"

(Berlin; November 5th - 10th, 2017)


Europe Meets Central Asia: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMCA) is a network of young professionals who have an interest in exploring and strengthening the relations between Europe and Central Asia. The ultimate goal of the forum is to enhance and sustain the relationship by empowering the next generation of young leaders from Europe and Central Asia.

The Joint Central Asia-EU Strategy provides a long-term framework for relations between Central Asia and the European Union, based on equality and shared interests. At the core of the strategy is the understanding that relations between the two regions must be premised on equal participation and representation. Although the usual perception of Central Asia may be connected to the conflicts, and insecurity, the latest economic trends prove that Central Asia could evolve beyond a receiver of aid and move towards becoming a serious trading partner with European countries.

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy now provides a forum to embrace and examine the field of cultural diplomacy and its importance in Central Asian-European relations. During a weeklong seminar, participants have the opportunity to get detailed information about the current Central Asian-European relations and discuss their thoughts and ideas about future bilateral cooperation. At the EMCA weeklong seminar every participant has the chance to meet prominent experts of the field and work in a multicultural environment. The Forum's weeklong seminar is a perfect opportunity for those who are studying in the field of International Relations, International Business, European and Central Asian Studies and any areas related to Central Asian - European relations, or for those who are simply interested in the present and the future of the cooperation between Central Asian and Europe. The forum organizes conferences, public lectures, events and online activities which gives exclusive access to the members of the forum.

About EMCA Weeklong Seminars »

Weeklong Seminars are held every 6 months and consist of 4-5 day programs of lectures, and workshops, together with cultural and social activities. EMC Weeklong Seminars will be focused on a specific theme related to Cultural Diplomacy and the relations between Europe and China.

Seminar Speakers - The speakers during the Seminar will include leading figures and experts from international politics, the diplomatic community and civil society from across the world. These speakers will include number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board; to learn more about the ICD Advisory Board please click here.

Certificate of Attendance - All seminar participants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance upon completion of the seminar, which will also provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed.

Joining the Forum »

Europe Meets Central Asia: A Forum for Young Leaders (EMCA) is open to all individuals with an interest in exploring and strengthening the European- Central Asia relationship. Individuals can join the EMCA Forum by taking part in one of the Weeklong Seminars, which are held every 4-6 months.

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


Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of our Conference. The ICD would therefore like to welcome the participants of our 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.

ICD Alumni Program »

All seminar participants will be invited to join the ICD alumni program. The "ICD Alumni Group" is an international network of like-minded individuals with an interest in further developing the field of cultural diplomacy through the support of intercultural relations. Participation in the group is by invitation only, and is open only to individuals who have taken part in ICD programs. Members of the ICD Alumni Group will benefit from the following opportunities (more).