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London Diplomatic Summit 2018


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London Diplomatic Summit 2018


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THE SECOND EDITION OF THE LONDON DIPLOMATIC SUMMIT:

"DIPLOMACY FOR A SMART WORLD"

27-28 NOVEMBER 2018


Following the  1st edition of the London Diplomatic Summit in December 2017,with the participation of Ministers, Senior Officials, Senior Diplomats, Young Leaders and thinkers from all regions in the world; the initial regional order framework was created that will be advanced through regional Summits across the globe. 

First of these regional Summits is the "Asia Diplomatic Summit" taking place this September in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. An "Africa Diplomatic Summit" will follow suit next year. And eventually, Americas Diplomatic Summit, Middle East Diplomatic Summit and Europe Diplomatic Summit will be launched by 2020.

 The London Diplomatic Summit will continue to promote our Smart Diplomacy Agenda and address challenging questions surrounding the current diplomatic practices and arrangements, their relevance, efficiency and effectiveness in dealing with the challenges of the 21stcentury. 

The Proceedings of the 2nd Edition of London Diplomatic Summit will focus on three themes: 

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The London Diplomatic Summit  is  an unprecedented diplomatic event  that brings a fresh perspective to global challenges and to international affairs.The summit is  guided by the principles of Smart Diplomacy;bringing together a diverse community of stakeholders, who will apply innovative approaches to finding practical solutions with a measurable impact.


Speakers

Programme 

The London Diplomatic Summit will take place over one and a half days. Each of the three themes will be covered in a half a day.

The outcomes of the discussions will be recorded and presented to the Specially Convened Expert Panel, which will examine them, and produce formal recommendations on the basis of the Summit’s findings.

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Venue:

Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ

 

AtteNDING THE SUMMIT:

INVITATION 

50% of delegates places for the London Diplomatic Summit are by-Invitation only to ensure regional representation and presence of different stakeholders. For the remaining places , they are open on the first come first serve basis.


TO REGISTER YOUR PLACE

Delegates can either register online via this link or contact us on the details below :

  • Tel: (44) 208 8533293

  • Email : events@gdforum.org

Contact Us:

For more information, feel free to contact us:

Email: events@gdforum.org


Telephone: +44(0) 208 853 3293


Innovative approach 

The Summit will be a place to engage in dynamic, interactive sessions, designed to facilitate fruitful discussion, new ideas, and tangible outcomes. The sessions will take stock of the past, assess the present and project into the future.

To achieve consistent outcomes, the sessions will focus on five themes: peace and security, prosperity, institutions, smart diplomacy, and technology. Hands-on workshops will allow participants to enhance skills in cutting edge areas of diplomacy.

The Summit’s discussions will also be accessible through live streaming, Twitter and Facebook conversations, allowing contributions from anywhere in the world to be received and shared in real time. Delegates will also be able to communicate with each other throughout the day via the Summit’s own mobile app. 


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New Diplomacy 

The London Diplomatic Summit is an annual forum for in-depth debate and discussion of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. It exists to meet the need for a different kind of high-level global meeting: more inclusive, connected, and results-oriented. The rapid social and technological changes of the 21st century require a new approach to international affairs. Just as soft power increasingly complements – and in some cases can be more effective than – hard power, traditional diplomacy is strengthened by smart diplomacy.

The work of the London Diplomatic Summit will be guided by the principles of smart diplomacy, which is defined by the Global Diplomatic Forum as resting on three pillars: consulting with a range of stakeholders; inclusion of women; and strategically deploying digital technology.


MEASURABLE IMPACT

At the London Diplomatic Summit, the world’s foremost experts, diplomats, academics, business leaders and politicians will come together to share knowledge and brainstorm practical solutions.

Findings from each session will be reviewed by a Specially Convened Expert Panel, which will include members of the Advisory Board of the Global Diplomatic Forum, representatives of regional organisations, and other relevant stakeholders.

The panel will conduct work prior to and during the Summit, in order to formulate recommendations that will be formally presented on the concluding day. The impact of these recommendations will reach beyond the duration of the Summit, to inform ongoing research and activity by the Summit’s partners. 


TO REGISTER your place

Delegates can either register online via this link or contact us on the details below :

  • Tel: (44) 208 8533293

  • Email : events@gdforum.org


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Dr Corneliu Bjola: Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies,Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, University of Oxford

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Laila Slassi, Co-Founder of the Masaktach Movement #metoo - Morocco

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Sharon Yang: Politics & Government Outreach, U.S. & Canada,Facebook

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Pascale Frazer-Carroll, Senior Campaigner, Change.org

 
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The Middle East Forum


The Middle East Forum


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The fact that these catalysts have led to the rise of the IS phenomenon are so complex and interlinked, they cannot be eliminated in short and medium terms. The current intervention policy seems to focus on limiting the damage of expanding the IS territory into other areas in Iraq, Syria and other countries. How successful has it been?

One year after the taking over of Mosul in June 2014 and the launch of the campaign to defeat it, IS has grown stronger despite all campaigns to limit its expansion and to coerce any sympathy with the terrorist organisation. In the last 12 month, IS has taken more territory in Iraq by expanding to Ramadi, 100 km of the Capital Baghdad. It has created a controlled territory in Libya and Egypt from which it launched drastic attacks in the two countries. Moreover, IS was able to launch terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Nigeria, Canada and France.

IS has created a home ( territory) for people who, in the last 2 decades,  through this discourse ofmass killings, violence, discrimination, humiliation and radicalisation have lost all human valuesof tolerance, reconciliationand coexistence and are in the hunt of revenge of other people from other sects, other religions, other ideologies, other ethnicities, other races, other regions. 


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Is there a road to peace?

The Islamic State (IS) phenomenon was a cumulative outcome of several catalysts involving all actors within the region. The tally of deaths amongst Iraqis in the last two decades starting from the containment policy of Bill Clinton to the invasion of 2003 contributed vastly to the rise of extremism in the country. The failure of the Arab Spring and democratic transitions in Egypt, Syria, Libya and Yemen for different reasons has contributed to spreading despair and extremism within the region.

The spread of extremist Islamic literature in the region has further encouraged fanatic discourse. The Middle East and North Africa Region has one of the most fragile political, social, economic and environmental structures, with a lack of people centred development policies and high  unemployment.

The Shi’a - Sunni war led by Iran and the Arab States in the region in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen has led to the whole region to become a volatile battleground for the two sects. The failure of the Middle East Peace process negotiations last year and the rejection of the Israeli Prime Minister to address the potential creation of a Palestinian State has definitely weakened the pro-peace and negotiations voices within the Arab world and strengthened the pro-violence and retaliation voices.



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This category of people is growing in the region as long as their catalysts are still present, IS is organising these people and providing a territory through which they can release their extreme frustration with the others that they want to eradicate.  IS will not be easily defeated as long as they are hundreds of thousands of people who want to join their ideology and territory. The number is growing, and so is its territory.

Yemen under the Houtis, or as a failed state as it is now, presents the optimal environment for the IS phenomenon to thrive and create a territory to protect and expand.  The same can be said on parts of Libya, Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia, West Africa Pakistan and Afghanistan. In addition, cells are growing of sympathisers with little or no potential of creating a controlled territory in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Tunisia, Lebanon, across Europe, South Asia, South East Asia, West Africa and North America.

The current strategy is focusing on limiting the territorial expansion of IS in Iraq and Syria and preventing potential fighters to reaching the controlled territory. The main flow of the strategy is the absence of actions to decrease the number of sympathisers and potential fighters in other parts of the region.

If they grow to a large enough number they will be equipped to create a territory somewhere else, and even without a territory they would be able to create a more significant threat and launch attacks as they did in Kuwait and Tunisia. Despite the fact that the threats of IS to the main protagonists in the region is very serious, it is very hard to see Iran, Arab States, Israel, Turkey, Russia and the West collaborating to defeat it. The historical differences are too major to be put them aside and work together against this growing threat.

However, what is at stake is a tremendous threat exposed to the citizens and prosperity of all these countries. The possibility of a regional order managed by main powers of the region under a structure of an Organisation of Security and Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa can be a security actor in the region. A lot of hurdles need to be overcome for such a potential coordination.

The region is living behind the backdrop of sectarian conflicts, civil wars, ethnic divisions, authoritarian repressions and other wars. The transition to stability requires a reconciliation process to recognise the suffering of the victims and establish the ground for a new era away from revenge and the cycle of violence. Reconciliation should involve different political factions in countries such as Egypt and Libya, Syria different sects in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Bahrain. Reconciliation process should involve the United States and the United Kingdom in Iraq. The Middle East Forum will discuss the potential road map to regional security order involving the different actors in the region and a Wide Reconciliation process in the region. The forum is an experts consultation on the scenarios of security questions in the Middle East and North Africa Region.      


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Africa FORUM


Africa FORUM


AFRICA FORUM

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 Prosperity: Delivering growth in an environment of lower commodity prices: 

  • Improve productivity through market integration and specialisation in goods with comparative advantage

  • Increase internal demand through Intra-African trade and diversified economic structures

  • Connecting, integrating the continent through transforming Africa’s infrastructure in transport, energy, ICT, and transboundary water networks


Civil Society: Accountability and good governance through activism:

  • Empower civil society role and inclusion of its representatives at the institutional level of the region

  • Training and education of civil society to ensure accountability and good governance through judiciary, legislative and executive levels

  • Improve efficiency and management of civil society organisations


Technology: Providing technological solutions to enhance good governance and regional economic cooperation in areas such as energy, climate change, transport and telecommunications:

  • Creation of African technology hubs in cities throughout the continent

  • Cooperation in research and development to achieve synergy and efficiency

  • Promote technology entrepreneurship initiatives

In the last 15 years,  Africa  has been less exposed to armed conflict risk which set the stage for rapid economic growth of 5-6% per year.  With this sustained period of growth, extreme poverty has decreased by around 40% and Africa’s growth is deviating from reliance on global demand for commodities. However, this is not the whole story, Africa ‘s growth is neither sufficient nor inclusive. Africa is the second most unequal continent according to the African Development Bank. Furthermore, Africa ‘s share of the global production and trade is declining.

Given small national markets and landlocked countries, regional integration has being seen as a rational response to the difficulties faced by the continent. African governments have engaged in many regional integration arrangements with ambitious targets. However, several of these arrangements have membership overlaps and poor implementation record.


Peace and Security: Evaluating the prospects of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) 2016-2020 roadmap:

  • Early warning and conflict prevention mechanism

  • Peace-making, peace support operations, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development

  • Sharing expertise in democratic practices, good governance and respect for human rights; and humanitarian action and disaster management


Institutions: Lessons from the Euro for the African Economic Union and Single Currency:

  • Slow currency integration vs rapid currency integration

  • Minimize raising household and government debt levels, trade imbalances, and structural system problems

  • Ensuring monetary policy flexibility


Smart Diplomacy: Engaging African youth in international affairs:

  •  Pan African programmes for youth leadership

  • Increase youth representation in different institutions

  • Promotion of international affairs at the grassroots level in schools and community centres


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Asia Diplomatic Summit


Asia Diplomatic Summit


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5th September 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

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Asia remains the most dynamic region of the global economy. Growth in the Asia-Pacific economies is expected to slow down slightly to around 5.3 percent during 2016–17. China’s economic transition towards more sustainable growth is critical over the medium term for both China and the global economy. Due to poor infrastructure and geographic susceptibility, most Asian and Pacific economies are more vulnerable to natural disasters and climate change. On the upside, regional and multilateral trade agreements could provide a boost to trade and growth. For instance, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), could benefit many economies in the region. However, it is still on the balance with the new American administration. 

 The fast-growing Asian economies are still struggling to associate growth with equality of opportunities, to broaden access to education and health and promote financial and gender inclusion.

A complex mix of global and regional and national forces has turned the Asia-pacific region into one of the most economically successful regions in the world. The same forces have developed hostile spots in the region that can escalate into full scale conflicts. South and East China Seas are the main spot of hostility that threaten the regional stability of the region. There are different territorial disputes across the region. There is a lack of multi-layered security architecture for the region, compensating for the failure of regional institutions.


Programme 


Peace and Security: Address tensions in the South and East China Seas:

  • China- ASEAN-Japan- USA dialogue on sustainable arrangement in the South and East China Sea
  • Managing Non-Nuclear Proliferation
  • Re-integration of North Korea to the international community 


Prosperity: Meeting the challenges of rapid urbanisation and demographic change:

  •  The role of new development banks in the region’s infrastructure projects
  • balanced economic development to prevent inequality
  • A greater decentralization of power and decision making over resource allocation 

Institutions: Creating a regional trade bloc -- the RCEP vs the TPP

  • The potential of TPP one year after the its launch
  • Road map to Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and TPP to create Free Trade Area in Asia Pacific
  • How can improved Pakistan- India relations drive The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) into world of opportunities?

Technology: The political impact of new technologies and social transformation:

  • Technology and governance in Asia-pacific
  • How technology can be used in education and fight inequalities
  • Technology and merger of cultures in the region
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Civil Society: Towards a more entrepreneurial civil society:

  • Promote participation in civil society and voluntary work at grassroots level 
  • Support civil society initiatives through education, training and funding
  • Civil society and intra-regional engagement between the people of the region

Smart Diplomacy: Digital capabilities and diplomatic dynamism in the region:

  • Tackle the cyber threat to stability in the region
  • Digital diplomacy as a mean of engagement amongst people in the region
  • Cooperation in fighting cyber threat amongst countries of the region