Launch Events

The East-West: The Art of Dialogue initiative was launched in 2012 at events in London, Washington and New York.

The international events included panel discussions on the key themes of cultural exchange and Orientalism, with a focus on bringing leaders from the East and West to engage in bridge building.

Event Details

In London, Washington and New York, there was a morning symposium from 9.30am to noon - and an evening launch of the initiative at a dinner reception at 7pm.

Each symposium had two panels:

  • Early Globalists? What the Orientalist travelers have to teach us today.
  • Beyond Government Diplomacy: How can we address East West challenges and contribute to bridge building?
London Launch Event 2012
Thursday November 15th 2012.
Dorchester Hotel (for both morning symposium and evening dinner reception)

East-West: The Art of Dialogue Symposium
Moderator: Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster and Journalist

Panel 1

  • Anthony Downey, Director of the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • Hussein Fahmy, Actor and Regional Ambassador of Goodwill to the Special Olympics and former President of the Cairo International Film Festival
  • Wendy Goldsmith, Goldsmith Art Advisory, London and former Christie's International Head of 19th Century European Art
  • Briony Llewellyn, Art Historian and Writer
  • Lord Poltimore, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby's

Panel 2

  • Sir Sherard Cowper Coles, International Business Director focusing on the Middle East and South-East Asia, BAE Systems and former UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan
  • Carina Kamel, Senior Correspondent/Presenter at Al Arabiya TV
  • Sir Graeme Lamb, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and former Commander of the UK Field Army at Land Command
  • Hussein Shobokshi, President, Shobokshi Development & Trading Company

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Click here to read summation by Nik Gowing

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Washington Launch Event 2012
Tuesday November 27th 2012.
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium (for both morning symposium and evening dinner reception)

East-West: The Art of Dialogue Symposium
Moderator: Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D., Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program

Panel 1

  • Dr. Diana Bramham, Specialist for 19th Century Paintings, Christie's
  • Hussein Fahmy, Actor and Regional Ambassador of Goodwill to the Special Olympics and former President of the Cairo International Film Festival
  • James Hastie, Senior Vice President, Head of 19th Century European Art, Christie's

Panel 2

  • Kemal Dervis, Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution
  • Admiral William J. Fallon, Former Commander of US Central Command
  • Hussein Ibish, Senior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine
  • Representative Darrell Issa, US Congress
  • Senator Joseph Lieberman, US Congress

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New York Launch Event 2012
Monday December 3rd 2012.
583 Park Avenue (morning symposium)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (evening dinner reception)

East-West: The Art of Dialogue Symposium
Moderator: Erin Burnett, CNN Anchor

Panel 1

  • Nayan Chanda, Editor YaleGlobal Online, Yale Center for the Study for the Study of Globalization
  • Sanford Climan, President, Entertainment Media Ventures
  • Hussein Fahmy, Actor and Regional Ambassador of Goodwill to the Special Olympics and former President of the Cairo International Film Festival
  • Lord Poltimore, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby's

Panel 2

  • Mazen Darwazah, Senator at the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Senate and Executive Group Vice-Chairman & MENA CEO, Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC
  • Sir Graeme Lamb, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University and former Commander of the UK Field Army at Land Command
  • Brian Sullivan, "Street Signs" Co-Anchor
  • Senator John Sununu, New Hampshire 2003 - 2009
  • James Zogby, President, Arab American Institute

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Click here to read summation by Brian Sullivan

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