On December 19, 2018, Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg from InterKulturForum GmbH together with Mr. Alexander Avramenko, deputy director of the Russian House for Science and Culture in Berlin, visited Zerbst / Anhalt, the hometown of the Princess Sophie Auguste Friederike of Anhalt-Zerbst. This princess is better known today as Empress Catherine II (also called the Great) of Russia, born 1729. The purpose of our visit to Zerbst was to discuss the preparation of Catherine the Great's 290th birthday celebrations, which will begin in Zerbst at the beginning of June. As a contribution to this, we are planning a seminar with lectures and discussions on the shared cultural and historical heritage of Germany and Russia by the German princesses, who became Russian Empresses. For this purpose, there were visits to see the local conditions and discussions with the mayor of Zerbst - Mr Andreas Dittmann, Mrs. Antje Rohm, head of the mayors office and responsible for press contacts, culture and tourism, as well as the director of the museum "Catherine the Great" in Zerbst - Mr. Wladimir Teslenko.
On December 6, 2018, in the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Bratislava, an event of the "International Diplomatic Forum" on "The role of public diplomacy in the discourse of modern international relations" took place. The event was organized with the support of the Russian Embassy in Slovakia and the International Public Foundation "Russian Peace Foundation". The Expert Group of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs consisted of: Vice-Rector for Research Prof. Dr. Oleg Ivanov, Director of the Center for Public Diplomacy, Dialogue of World Cultures and Religions - Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg (Project Leader), and Associate Research Fellow, Visiting Professor Dr. Rolf Clauberg (Switzerland). The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, non-governmental organizations and foundations. The lively discussion treated issues of relations between Russia, the EU and the US, international security issues and "lessons from the past" in the context of the 20th century world wars. The Slovak side suggested a number of topical issues for the next meeting in Bratislava in 2019.
On November 6 there was an event of the "Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Aussenpolitik(SGA-ASPE)" (Swiss Assoziation on Foreign Policy)
"Brexit - ordered or chaotic" in the University of Zurich. The event was organized together with the Institute of Europe of the University.
The event started with presentations by
Jonathan Djanogly - Tory Member of UK Parliament,
Haig Simonian - journalist and author,
Gerald Hosp - NZZ editor and author,
Christa Markwalder - CH-National Counsilor and president SGA-ASPE. The event concluded with a panel discussion of the speakers
moderated by Markus Mugglin (SGA-ASPE). The speakers reported about the present status of the negotiations with the European Union
and their expectations about the final outcome. The bad information of the british electorate about the consequences of an exit from
the European Union was criticized, but Jonathan Djanogly said that he expects the same outcome if there would be a new referendum now.
Dr. Rolf Clauberg, member of SGA-ASPE, attended the event accompanied by his wife Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg.
From October 23 to 25, the Russian-German Cultural and Business Forum took place at the Expo Center in Novosibirsk, Russia.
Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg was invited to the panel discussion on Public Diplomacy, where she reported on the development
of her humanitarian project "International Diplomatic Forum".
Dr. Rolf Clauberg was invited to the general panel discussion, together with Eduard Prinz von Anhalt, a relative of the Russian Empress
Catherine the Great, and Vladimir Teslenko, the founder of the museum "Zarin Katherina die Grosse" in Anhalt-Zerbst. Catherine the Great
was born as Princess Sophie Auguste Friederike of Anhalt-Zerbst. Dr. Rolf Clauberg participated both as president of InterKulturForum GmbH
and as Visiting Professor of the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow. The panel discussed economic, cultural and scientific relations
between Russia and Germany as well as the possibilities of improving these relations. Reports about the forum in German appeared e.g. in the
Organization of the Germans of Russia in Novosibirsk. Reports about the general panel discussion in Russian at
the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow
and the Russian magazine Российская Газета.
On September 10, 2018, Yves Rossier, the Swiss ambassador to Russia, gave a reception with the presentation of a series of books on
Frédéric-César de la Harpe, the Swiss teacher of the Russian Emperor Alexander I.
Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg were invited to this event.
As part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the great Russian writer, publicist and playwright Ivan Turgenev, the Diplomatic
Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held "Turgenev Events" in the German city of Baden-Baden and the Swiss city of
Zurich from 10 to 13 July 2018. The main theme was - «Russia and Europe in the work of Ivan Turgenev». Turgenev (born November 9,
1818 at Orjol / Russia, died on September 18, 1883 in Bougival near Paris) lived from 1863 to 1870 in Baden-Baden and is considered
one of the most influential writers of Russian realism. He is not only seen as a Russian but also as a European writer. He also
participated in the First International Congress of Writers in Paris in 1878 (Congrès littéraire international de Paris 1878) and
was friends with many European writers, including Gustave Flaubert, Émile Zola, Victor Hugo, Guy de Maupassant, Alphonse Daudet,
Prosper Mérimée , Paul Heise and Theodor Storm. The collection of his stories had an even greater influence on the development of
literature than his novels.
The events included a "Literary Salon" with lectures in the fireplace room of the Hotel Atlantic in Baden-Baden, a handover of books from or about Turgenev within the city-library of Baden-Baden, and another event with lectures at the Hotel St. Gotthard in Zurich. Both at the Hotel Atlantic in Baden-Baden as well as in the hotel St. Gotthard in Zurich, the movie "The Noble Nest" after the novel by Turgenev was shown to the participants (russian with german subtitles).
The events were financially supported by the Honorary Consulate of Russia in Lausanne, the Russian Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo, the Foundation Russian World and the International Public Fund "Russian Peace Fund". InterKulturForum GmbH has within the scope of its goal to promote international cultural exchange, organizationally and logistically supported these events and related preparations.
On June 15, the "Swiss Society for Foreign Policy SGA-ASPE" celebrated its 50th anniversary. The festive event took place in the town hall of Bern. Dr. Gret Haller, the president of SGA-ASPE, opened the event. After this there followed a greeting speech by Christoph Neuhaus, President of the Canton of Bern, a film about 50 years of SGA-ASPE, a speech by Dr. Heinz Fischer, the former Federal President of the Republic of Austria, a message of welcome from Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis, the head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Other speeches were given by Michael Matthiessen, the Ambassador of the European Union and Dr. Martin Meyer, President of the Swiss Institute for Foreign Studies. Finally, there was the handover of the presidency of Dr. Gret Haller to National Councilor Christa Markwalder. Previously, on the same day during the General Assembly of the SGA-ASPE, Christa Markwalder had been elected as the new president of SGA-ASPE. As a member of the SGA-ASPE, Dr. Rolf Clauberg participated both in the General Assembly and in the following ceremony. He was accompanied by his wife Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg.
For June 14, 2018, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation his Excellency Sergei Garminin and his wife Elena Garmonina had invited to a reception at the Bellevue Palace Hotel in Bern. Purpose was the celebration of the Russian National Holiday from June 12 and the opening game of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Present were members of the Diplomatic Corps and other invited guests.
On June 12 2018 the German "Gesellschaft für Aussenpolitik" (Foreign Affairs Assoziation) celebrated her 70-year anniversity under
the patronage of the Bavarian Prime Minister. The ceremony took place in the large auditorium of the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU)
Dr. Horst Mahr, since many years the chairman of the assoziation, opened the event. Afterwards there were speeches by
Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Martin Wirsing, Vicepresident of the LMU,
Georg Eisenreich, MdL and Bavarian Minister of State for Digital, Media, and Europe,
as well as by Niels Annen, MdB and Minister of State at the Foreign Office.
Between the speeches played the mountain music corps of the Bundeswehr.
Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg and Dr. Rolf Clauberg had been invited to this event.
On April 27 2018 the fourth annual international conference on the transformation of international relations in the 21st century took place in the Diplomatic Academy Moscow: "Requirements and perspectives". Scientists, diplomats, and aspirants from various countries participated in this conference. Within the scope of the conferene also took place the "International Diplomatic Forum" with the topic: "The role of Public Diplomacy in the development of international dialogue in times of crisis. Questions of 'historical memory' and intercultural communication."
InterKulturForum is an official partner of the Diplomatic Academy Moscow in the organization of the humanitarian project "International Diplomatic Seminar" in the area of public diplomacy. This year the events were dedicated to the historical date of the 100 years anniversary of the Russian Revolution. At the 21st April 2017 in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich russian and swiss experts discussed current assessments of the russian revolution of 1917 by historians, political scientists, and diplomats. Presenters included Vice-rector Prof. Dr. Oleg Ivanov from the Diplomatic Academy, Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg, Prof. Dr. Boris Guseletov of the Europe-Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Anatoly Blinov representative of the foundation "Russian World", and Prof. Dr. Alexandre Lambert of the Geneva School of Diplomatics. The discussions showed a very strong interest in the topic and partly very different assessments of the revolution of 1917.
On April 27 and 28 2017 the third annual international conference on the transformation of international relations in the 21st century took place in the Diplomatic Academy Moscow: "Requirements and perspectives". This event was conducted with the support of the InterKulturForum GmbH and the foundation for public diplomacy of A. Gorchakov. Scientists, diplomats, and aspirants from various countries participated in this conference. The conference contained 4 panel discussions and 8 round table discussions. One of the round table discussions was organized together with the Youth-parliament of the Russian state duma on the topic "Public Diplomacy and international parliamentarism: crisis management". The participants discussed the current tendencies in the evolution of international relations. They considered this a very productive and interesting conference and plan to continue the dialog.
On September 25 2017 there was a conference within the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow with support from the Swiss Embassy in Moscow. The topic was the russian revolution from 1917. After the opening of the conference by Prof. Dr. Evgeny Bazhanov president of the Diplomatic Academy as well as the reading of a welcome message from the russian foreign minister Sergey Lavros, and a welcoming speech by the swiss embassador Yves Rossier, russian and swiss scientists reported and discussed their judgment of the factors leading to the revolution and the international impact of the revolution of 1917. Dr. Andreas Spillmann, the director of the Swiss National Museum provided an overview of the museum and Ms. Pascale Meyer, the curator of the museum, reported on the exhibition about the russian revolution of 1917 within the Swiss National Museum. Experts reported about their judgement of the February and the October revolution. It was observed that even after 100 years there is no unique judgement about this revolution. Contributions were from Prof. Dr. Natalia Maslakova-Clauberg the leader of the center for Public Diplomacy and World Cultures of the Diplomatic Academy, Prof. Dr. Boris Guseletov from the Europe-Institute of the Russian Scientific Academy, Anatoly Blinov representative of the Foundation Russian World, Prof. Dr. Victor Ischenko the deputy director of the Institute of General History of the Russian Scientific Academy, and Dr. Rolf Clauberg the representative of InterKulturForum GmbH.
On 1. November 2017 the Handwerk- und Gewerbeverein (HGV) (craft and trade association Thalwil hold its annual apero for local companies in the Schützenhalle in Thalwil. For the first time InterKulturForum GmbH participated in this event. After the opening of the event by Gemeindepräsident Märk Fankhauser and the president of the HGV Marc Hofstetter, there was a podiums discussion about the basics of the company landscape in Thalwil.