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The Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR) is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to promoting greater involvement of young people in international affairs. Founded in 2010 in Germany, it has grown to become a global network of students and young professionals to make young voices heard in international relations through publications and transnational projects.

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+++ Impressions from #IFAIR's project "Common Remembrance, Future Relations" part II +++

In June, Kyle Khandikian from PINK Armenia visited Eleni Nadin Diker (Bomovu), Öykü Gürpınar (BEKS) and Selim Gezer in Istanbul, Turkey, to further develop their project "Queer Village".

"We gathered in Istanbul during the city's annual LGBTIQ+ pride week for our work shadow visit. Our project aims to connect LGBTIQ+ artists and activists from Armenia and Turkey to queer the Armenia-Turkey dialogue and peace process, so pride week was the perfect opportunity to conduct our shadow visit. We explored the city's diverse past, and tackled difficult subjects like colonialism, racism, and genocide as they relate to queer people and experiences. Our visit culminated in a folk dance workshop we organized together with Istanbul Pride, where we attempted to queer kochari, a dance native to our region. We also wrote our own lyrics to an Armenian folk song, as an attempt to express our emotions, experiences, values as non-normative members of our societies using our shared folk culture. It was a beautiful and productive week. We are very excited to see where our project goes in the future."
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We would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of our #IFAIR followers on FB! Today we reached the unbelievable milestone of 5,000 page likes thanks to Abdossalam Madkhali! We thank him for making the breakthrough click with a 6-month free subscription of the Diplomatic Magazine and an honorary IFAIR membership!

Over the past five years we watched our followers grow from just a few friends and family members — whom were gently coerced — to a real community of IR enthusiasts. We hope to continue to grow the page (and also our brand-new website: and to offer you many more blog articles, events and projects in the near future!

🎈Thank you for your continued support!
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+++ Impressions from #IFAIR's project "Common Remembrance, Future Relations" part II +++

Mira Ballmaier, deputy chairwomen of the German human rights organization Genocide Alert, visited Tami Kinberg, director of the museum Beit Theresienstadt. Besides the life in the ghetto, the museum focusses on art, music and sport as an important part for the inhabitants in order to stand the inhuman conditions. It also holds a remarkable collection of art pieces made in the ghetto. Beit Theresienstadt is therefore a perfect place for the art project Mira and Tami planned during the #IFAIR meeting in Armenia. The project “pARTs of Terezin” wants to encourage young artists from Germany and Israel to preserve the heritage of the last Holocaust survivors.

"During the work shadowing week, we had some appointments to discuss further details of our project. Especially the meeting with Bothaina Halabi was very inspiring. She is an Israeli Druze artist drawing about the Holocaust and has established a unique gallery of paintings. In general, the days in Israel were very productive and we are looking forward to continue our work in Berlin."
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Common Remembrance, Future Relations

The Impact Group „Common Remembrance, Future Relations” aims to contribute to intercultural understanding and cooperation between Armenia, France, Germany, Israel and Turkey. The kick-off meeting will take place in Yerevan, Armenia, from 24 – 28 May 2017.

EU-ASEAN Perspectives

The Impact Group EU-ASEAN Perspectives succesfully hosted the concluding conference of the 3rd EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue in November 2016 in Brussels. Young experts from South East Asia and the EU presented a policy paper on gender equality to political stakeholders and the civil society.


The Impact Group LACalytics has successfully completed its first project cycle with a concluding conference in Hamburg in October 2016. Young authors from Latin America and the EU presented their policy paper with 20 co-authored articles to political stakeholders and the civil society.

Foreign Policy Talks

The Impact Group Foreign Policy Talks is currently planning the next event in spring 2017. Stay updated here for more information!


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The Diplomatic Magazine is the journal of the diplomatic community in Germany, which publishes articles of IFAIR’s Think Tank every month.

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