Ambassador Kirn Lectures at the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy
The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy, themed â€śA Global Dialogue about Cultural Diplomacy, National Security and Global Risksâ€ť, took place in Washington, DC, June 26th - 28th, 2012, featuring lectures and discussions on international relations and cultural studies provided by a diverse group of renowned speakers from across the world
As one of the keynote symposium speakers, the Ambassador of Slovenia, Roman Kirn, discussed the risk and challenges of a small country in a reshaped global world.
Ambassador Kirn outlined to the attentive audience Sloveniaâ€™s history and its pathway in the process to independence as well as emphasized Sloveniaâ€™s aspirations for the values of Western civilization, democratization, free-market economy, and human rights. He stated that every fragmentation brings a chance for new integrations into entities that enable nationalâ€™s identity and scope of opportunities to grow. Facing global challenges, endeavors of each independent country, especially small ones, should start aiming at efficient domestic governance, good neighbor relations, effective multilateralism and regional cooperation.
Following the lecture, Ambassador Kirn participated in a Q&A session as well as met with Mark C. Donfried, Director& Founder of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), based in Berlin, Germany.