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Virtual Diplomacy Conference  U. S. Institute of Peace

Conference Announcement

                          VIRTUAL DIPLOMACY

               The Global Communications Revolution
               And International Conflict Management

                        April 1 and 2, 1997

                        Omni Shoreham Hotel
                      2500 Calvert Street NW
                         Washington, D.C.


You are invited to attend an international conference to explore how
information and communication technologies are affecting the sovereignty of
nations and shaping global affairs. "Virtual Diplomacy" will catalyze original
thinking and encourage new partnerships and alliances for improving the means
of preventing, ameliorating, resolving and settling international conflict. By
attending this conference, you will have an opportunity to engage in critical
discussion with:

- senior diplomats and respected scholars such as George Shultz (former
Secretary of State); Jean-Marie Guehenno (Director of France's Office of
Budget and former representative to the European Union); Thomas Pickering
(former ambassador to Russia and nominee for Undersecretary of State for
Political Affairs); Chester Crocker (former Asst. Secretary of State for
African Affairs); and Francis Fukuyama (author of "The End of History" and

- national security professionals including Lt. Gen. Anthony Zinni, Deputy
Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Marine
Corps; Adm. William Owens (Science Applications International Corp.); and
Anita Jones (Director of Defense Research and Engineering)

- business, financial, and international development leaders such as Katharine
Graham (Chairman of the Executive Committee, The Washington Post); Walter
Wriston (former chairman and CEO of Citicorp), Ismail Serageldin (Vice
President for Environmental Sustainable Development, World Bank), and Paul
Strassman (President, Information Economics Press)

- media luminaries including David Gergen (U.S. News and World Report);
Lawrence Grossman (former president of NBC and PBS), and Ralph Begleiter,
(CNN correspondent)

- pioneers in science and technology, including Nobel Laureate Arno Penzias
(Lucent Technologies); Robert Kahn (President, Corporation for National
Research Initiatives); Jack Dangermond, (President, Environmental Sciences
Research Institute); Mark Weiser (Chief Technologist, Xerox PARC), and John
Gage, (Director, Science Office, Sun Microsystems)

- and people, like you, who are using new tools to change the world including
Veran Matic, Editor, Radio B92, Belgrade; Sharon Rusu, ReliefWeb; Kevin
Klose,designate for director of International Broadcasting, USIA, former
president Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ; Ted Okada, Food for the Hungry;
Steve Cisler, Apple Computer, Inc., and Hans Zimmerman, United Nations
Department of Humanitarian Affairs.

Policy makers, implementors, funders, opinion makers, scholars and
enterpreneurs will shape the future of the planet. "Virtual Diplomacy" will
provide a forum for you to interact with key international players to explore
how new information technologies can help to resolve international conflicts.

"Virtual Diplomacy" is the first major public international conference to
explore the critical impact of the information technology revolution on
international affairs. The conference will showcase practical applications of
these technologies to international conflict resolution and will address
critical management issues associated with this transformation.

Case studies in conflict prevention, management and resolution will highlight
the critical role information technologies have played in helping to resolve
conflict in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Organizations
including Chadwyck-Healey, Open Source Solutions, Institute of World Affairs,
Iridium, SAIC, Infostructure International, Sandia National Laboratories and
Telediplomacy will be exhibiting their projects.

Conference registration ranges from $75 for students to $150 for on-site
registration, (special luncheon and banquet events are extra). There is a
substantial discount for early registration, details are at the bottom of this



7:30am Onsite Registration Opens

9:00am Welcome and Introductions

Richard Solomon, President, United States Institute of Peace:"The Global
Information Revolution and International Conflict Management"

"The Topology of Sovereignty"

Jean-Marie Guehenno, author of "The End of the Nation-State" and Director of
International Affairs and Chief Counselor, Office of Budget, Republic of

10:00am  Old Borders, New Frontiers: Interdependence, Integration and

Moderator:  Francis Fukuyama, George Mason University, author, "The End of
History" and "Trust"

Panelists:  Arno Penzias, Nobel Laureate, Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies

William A. Owens, Science Applications International Corporation,

Ismail Serageldin, Vice President for Environmental Sustainable Development,
World Bank

Noon  Lunch (Special Event)

Walter Wriston, former CEO of Citibank and author of "The Twilight of
Sovereignty: How the Information Revolution is Transforming the World" will
discuss how ready access to information has become a capital asset in global
competition for markets and political power.

2:00pm Charting the Terrain: Tools for Decision-Makers and Practitioners

Moderator:  Anita Jones, Director, Defense Research and Engineering, Pentagon

Panelists: Robert Kahn, President, Corporation for National Research

Mark Weiser, Chief Technologist, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center

Jack Dangermond, President, Environmental Systems Research Institute

4:30pm Parallel Sessions

Barriers to Networking and Information Sharing
Hans Zimmermann, Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications, U.N.
Department of Humanitarian Affairs / International Telecommunications Union

Building Alliances, Shaping Communities
Steve Cisler, Advanced Technology Group, Apple Computer Inc.

Harnessing Data for Decision Making
John Gage, Director, Office of Science, Sun Microsystems

7:00pm  Banquet (Special Event)

George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State

Introduced by Katharine Graham, The Washington Post


9:00am  Introduction

Chester Crocker, Georgetown University: "Virtual Diplomacy in Practice:
Networks, Communities, and Decision-Making in International Conflict

Setting Agendas and Building Political Will: Mass Media's Impact on
International Affairs

Part I
Moderator:   David Gergen, U.S. News & World Report

Panelists: Ralph Begleiter, Cable News Network

Tom Donilon, former Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and Chief of
Staff, State Department, Clinton Administration

Margaret Tutwiler, former spokeswoman for the Department of State, Bush
Administration; and Direct Impact Communications

Lt. Gen. Anthony Zinni, Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff,
U.S. Central Command, U.S. Marine Corps (invited)

Part II:  Dialogue
David Gergen, U.S. News & World Report

Lawrence Grossman, Former President of PBS and NBC News, author of "The
Electronic Republic: Reshaping Democracy in the Information Age"

Noon  Lunch (Special Event)

"America's Stake in the Global Information Infrastructure,"

Albert Gore, Jr., Vice President of the United States of America (invited)

2:00pm  Case Studies (Parallel Sessions)

Preventive Diplomacy: Great Lakes Region of Africa, 1996

Conflict Management: Chiapas, Balkans, Burma, Liberia

Reconciliation Media: Belarus, Balkans, Middle East

4:00pm Meeting the Challenge of Virtual Diplomacy: What Does It Cost, and Who

Moderator:  Gordon Adams, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Panelists: Esther Dyson, President, EDventure Holdings and Chair, Electronic
Frontier Foundation (invited)

Thomas Pickering, The Eurasia Foundation, former U.S. Ambassador
to Russia and current nominee, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs

Paul Strassmann, President, Information Economics Press


You can register for this conference by selecting the following form, and
printing only the selection, and mail it (along with payment) to the
Institute. A cleaner form is available through the web at:

Virtual Diplomacy Registration Form
Please type/print clearly or attach a business in the designated space:






Tel                   Fax               Email


What are your areas of special interest (geographic and/or subject)?

CONFERENCE FEES (Circle those that apply)
Register by March 1:  $100.00
      after March 1:  $150.00

Student rate          $75.00

SPECIAL EVENT FEES (Lunches and Banquet)
Lunch, April 1:    $40.00
Banquet, April 1:  $75.00
Lunch, April 2:    $40.00

TOTAL ENCLOSED: $________________



-We must receive payment with this form, otherwise you will need to register

-Personal, travelers or bank checks, money orders, or U.S. government purchase
orders should be made payable to:

              Endowment of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

-Payment via credit cards cannot be accepted.

-Payment must be received with registration form.

-Conference and event fees are not subject to discounts of any kind.

-Refunds will be made only if your written request is postmarked by March 1,
1996.  Requests postmarked after this date will not be granted.

Please mail your registration form and check to:
   Finance Office
   United States Institute of Peace
   1550 M Street NW, Suite 700
   Washington, DC 20005-1708


Special hotel rates for conference attendees at:

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Call: 1 (800) THE-OMNI
Fax: (202) 265-5333

Single Occupancy:  $124/night;  Double Occupancy:  $146/night, plus local

PLEASE NOTE:  Room rates are subject to change.  Rooms are limited, so make
your hotel reservations as early as possible.  To receive the special room
rate, you must mention Virtual Diplomacy when you make your hotel reservation.
 Hotel reservations must be made by March 1, 1997.  After this date, the hotel
special rate is subject to room availability.

FOR FURTHER Information

Telephone: 202.429.3832


The latest information about the conference, case studies, papers, and
exhibitors may be found at:

About the United States Institute of Peace

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal
institution created by Congress to promote research, education, and training
on the nonviolent management and resolution of international conflicts.

Margarita S. Studemeister
U.S. Institute of Peace


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