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The Power of Culture and Peace — A Conversation With the Former French Prime Minister Dominque De Villepin (For HEC Paris & Yale Alumni)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Co-hosted by HEC, Yale Club of Beijing and Yale Center Beijing.

Time and Location

Wednesday, 04/18/2018

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Please submit a question you wish to pose during the event at registration. Pre-selection of participants will be conducted. Successful registrants will be notified before April 17.
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Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

If you look up the word "Culture" in Wikipedia, it says: a "culture" is the set of customs, traditions, and values of a society or community, such as an ethnic group or nation. Culture is the set of knowledge acquired over time. In this sense, multiculturalism values the peaceful coexistence and mutual respect among different cultures inhabiting the same planet. Culture is the source of a nation's self-confidence and inspiration, and can be a bridge across national boundaries. How can the power of culture help build peace around the world? We are honored to invite the Former Minister of France Dominique de Villepin to share his views on "The Power of Culture and Peace". Alumni from HEC Paris and Yale will have the privilege to join Mr. de Villepin in an intimate discussion on the topic.


The language of the event will be English.

The Speaker

Dominique de Villepin
Former Prime Minister of France

Dominique de Villepin held the positions of Minister of Foreign Affairs (2002-2004), Minister of Interior (2004-2005) and Prime Minister (2005-2007) of the French Republic. He had before served as a diplomat from 1980 to 1994, at the Direction of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1980-1984 and then as Deputy Director 1992-1993) at the Embassy in Washington (First Secretary, 1984-1989), at the Embassy in New Delhi (First Counsellor, 1989-1992) and as Chief of staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1994).

He also served as Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, during the first mandate of President Jacques Chirac (1995-2002). In 2002-2003, as Minister of Jacques Chirac he opposed the unilateral military intervention of the US in Iraq in a famous speech at the UN. He is also the author of numerous books and wrote in particular essays concerning history, international relation, politics or poetry. His company Villepin International has been giving advice to companies globally on international strategy since 2008.

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