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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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Many thanks to all of you, who attended yesterday's panel discussion on Russian remembrance culture. The event concluded #IFAIR's "Memory as a Tool for Change: Forgotten Places in Siberia" Impact Group and we'd like to thank each and every one who contributed to the great success of this project đŸ’Ș ! #civilsocietycooperation

For those interested, the final publication of the project can be found here:
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Continuing the #IFAIR #InterviewSeries our PR representative Annekathrin explains how she found her way to our team:

"IFAIR was looking for somebody with a journalistic background to improve their presence in the media. Fortunately, they used the mailing list of my journalism school (Ifp) to distribute the advertisment. At this time I was going to have a baby soon and therefore quit my job as press officer in the parliament of Berlin. When I read the description of the role it seemed perfect: It was a great opportunity for me to get back to international politics after having worked very locally for five years. Beyond, IFAIR offers me the chance not to disappear in the motherhood-bubble.
My main responsibility is to draw attention from journalists to the output of the IFAIR projects. When new ideas pop up and projects are planned, I add my experience in press relations and journalism. I was also in charge of developing the new IFAIR-Newsletter.
The best thing with IFAIR are the members of the team and of the IGs. In every project there are people involved who really know what they are talking about, there is a broad expertise of International Relations. We always have rewarding discussions which broaden my horizon. So there is really an return from the non-profit work for me.
IFAIR is approaching bigger and bigger projects every year and really leads them to success. This generates a lot of motivation for further engagement."

WeÂŽre very glad to have you on board, Annekathrin!
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We're very happy to announce that the Secretary General of the European External Action Service - EEAS Ms Helga Schmid joins #IFAIR's Board of Advisors.

Following her patronage of our EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue last year, we're delighted to welcome her as a new member.
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+++ 5 DAYS LEFT TO APPLY: LACalytics 2018 +++

Are you passionate about regional affairs in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe? Do you want to share your ideas on a pressing issue? This is your chance to apply for #LACalytics2018!

We are looking for students and young professionals from #LAC and #Europe that want to make their voice heard on one of the five main topics:
- Politics
- Economics
- Environment
- Science, Technology and Innovation
- Civil Society and Culture

For further information, check the Call for Applications ( and apply now!

A programme with kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the EU-LAC Foundation.
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Wie wird in Westsibirien, einem der zentralen SchauplĂ€tze des stalinistischen Terrors an Vertreibung, Terror und das Gulag-System erinnert? Woher rĂŒhrt die neue Stalin-Nostalgie und weshalb werden bestimmte Ereignisse von Erinnerungsgemeinschaften verdrĂ€ngt wĂ€hrend andere ins kulturelle GedĂ€chtnis einfließen?
Diese Fragestellungen trieb eine deutsch-russische IFAIR-Delegation dazu an, im Sommer 2017 verschiedene Orte, Museen und Archive in Westsibirien zu besuchen und ZeitzeugengesprĂ€che zu fĂŒhren. Die Ergebnisse der deutsch-russischen Exkursion werden am 07.02.2018 um 18:30 Uhr (MEZ) zusammen mit dem Historiker Jan Claas Behrends vorgestellt und diskutiert. Das Projekt wurde in Kooperation mit der Yugra State University durchgefĂŒhrt und vom AuswĂ€rtiges Amt mitfinanziert.

Den Abschlussbericht des Projekts kann man bereits hier einsehen:

Die Abschlussveranstaltung ist eine Kooperation der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung mit Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR).
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Russlands Erinnerungskultur

February 7, 2018, 6:30pm - February 7, 2018, 7:00pm

Russlands Erinnerungskultur: Im Erinnern gespalten, im Vergessen geeint? Projektvorstellung: Vergessene Orte des „großen Terrors“ in Sibiriens Mit: Dr. Jan C. Behrends (Wissenschaftlich...

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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!

Recent publications

"Memory as a Tool of Change: Forgotten Places in Siberia" (2017)
As the final part of IFAIR's project “Memory as a Tool of Change”, all German and Russian participants contributed to this collected edition with essays on their experiences with commemorative cultures in Russia and Germany.

"EU-LAC Cooperation in the 21st century: Combining efforts in a globalized world" (2016)
This publication features a series of policy papers written jointly by teams of young scholars from the EU and LAC regions as part of IFAIR's first LACalytics project in 2016. 

"Gender Equality: An EU-ASEAN Interregional Perspective on Policy Making" (2016)
This publication features a number of policy papers from scholars and young professionals from the EU and ASEAN regions who participated in IFAIR's 3rd EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue in 2016. 

"Small steps at COP23" (01/2017) by Theresa Lieb
This publication on dietary changes becoming part of climate change negotiations was first features in the January issue of the Diplomatisches Magazin.
"A Paris Agreement for the Oceans" (02/2017) by Johannes Klein
This article on the negotiations of an international treaty on the protection of marine biodiversity and the regulation of the high seas was first featured in the February issue of the Diplomatisches Magazin.

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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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