Conference "Reaching out to the Other: Overcoming Intercultural Conflicts"

The Institute of International Relations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic would like to cordially invite you to a conference on the topic: "Reaching out to the Other: Overcoming Intercultural Conflicts" The event took place on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Czernin Palace, Loretánské náměstí 5, 118 00 Prague 1.


Date: 07.11.2018
Time: 09:00
Venue: Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Loretánské nám. 5, Prague 1
In cooperation: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Repulic
Organized by: Jan Daniel

"Reaching out to the Other: Overcoming Intercultural Conflicts"

The program is available here.

The conference discussed the possibility of overcoming of intercultural conflicts, and in particular, it focused on diverse methods of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. It highlighted the importance of dialogue and communication for the transformation, de-escalation and potential resolution of political and armed conflicts. The event provided a platform for representatives of diplomatic delegations and international organizations who are involved in mediation and conflict resolution, as well as academics and NGO experts.

The event was divided into three main parts:

The first panel, Transforming Conflict Through Mediation was dedicated to immediate reaction to conflict. The speakers focused on their experience with mediation and de-escalation of intercultural conflicts or their research on the issue. The panel provided a space for discussion on the role and practices of mediation between conflicting parties and the potential of the conflict transformation.

The second panel offered perspectives on conflict resolution from the point of view of the Islamic world.
The third panel, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding focused on longer-term possibilities of conflict resolution and the building of a productive dialogue between opposing parties. In this panel, the role of education and its importance in long-term peacebuilding and experiences with restoring trust in the post-conflict societies were discussed.

Selected confirmed speakers:

  • Faisal A. bin Muaammar (Secretary General, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, Austria)
  • Susanne Schuler (Director of Training and Consultancy, Senior Consultant & Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, United Kingdom)
  • May Tamimova (Researcher, Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, University of Oxford, Lebanon / United Kingdom)
  • Milos Strugar (Director, Conflux Center; UN Senior Mediation Advisor, Serbia)
  • Gudrun Kramer (Director, Austrian Peace, and Conflict Research Center, Austria)
  • George Emile Irani (Professor, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait)

Working language was English, simultaneous translation to Czech was provided.