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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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July 18th, 2:36 pm

Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR)

Our friends from the Singapore International Foundation have launched the third volume of the "Insights from the Inside" series, in which 50 voices from business, politics, academia and civil society reflect on the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. It features IFAIR's Kilian Spandler, who has written a short contribution on the importance of transnational dialogue and how our EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue (#EUAP) for students and young professionals from Europe and Southeast Asia fosters an appreciation for diversity and mutual learning between the two regions.

You can read the full publication here:

Meanwhile, the EUAP Impact Group is working in full force on the fourth edition of the Dialogue. Stay up to date on our website:

#InsightsfromtheInsideAnd we’ve just launched the latest edition of “Singapore: Insights from the Inside” -- a collection of 50 engaging stories that explore ASEAN's colourful diversity!

Thank you Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and our #FriendsofSG community for joining us this evening at our book launch, to commemorate Singapore’s chairmanship of ASEAN this year.

Head to for a read on what our 50 changemakers have to say -- and stay tuned for more. ;)

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Mariam Kurshudyan from #Armenia 🇦🇲️ and Yair Rubin from #Israel 🇮🇱️participated in #IFAIR's Impact Group "Common Remembrance, Future Relations". They embarked on an insightful joint project to explore the life stories of second-generation Holocaust and Armenien Genocide survivors.
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We are proud that #IFAIR sent a delegation to this year's European Youth Event. Organized by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the event brought together more than 8000 young Europeans and decision-makers to discuss about challenges auch as equality, security, trade and technology and the future of the European Union - EU 🇪🇺.

More info on the outcome of the #EYE2018 will soon follow.
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Make your voice heard ➡ for the Europe 🇪🇺 you envision.

The #EuropeanYouthEvent is well underway in the European Parliament in Strasbourg and #IFAIR's delegation has had a great first day debating their visions on a truly European stage. #EYE2018 #YoungVoices #WhoIfNotUs
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Anne is next in our #IFAIR #InterviewSeries, reflecting on her first few months as a regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean:

"I learned about IFAIR in a Facebook group and was right away thrilled by its commitment to improving the young generation’s impact on foreign policymaking. Due to my personal fascination for Latin America and the Caribbean, I applied for the position as regional director and was very pleased when I was invited to join the IFAIR team in July 2017.
To me, being part of IFAIR implies getting to know inspiring people and having a great opportunity to actively shape international affairs. The team is always open for new ideas and I am particularly impressed by the productive and encouraging atmosphere.
Next to my role as regional director I am also the project coordinator for LACalytics. We are currently organising the second edition of LACalytics – #LACalytics2018 – for which we received over 260 applications from more than 40 countries all over Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean – an amazing response that testifies the importance of EU-LAC relations for the young generation. The selected participants have been matched with a partner from the respective other region and are currently writing their articles.
I am really excited to see the outcome of the LACalytics programme and its impact during the final conference in autumn 2018. See you there!"
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Anti-Corruption Walks

The Impact Group „Anti-Corruption Walks Ukraine” develops anti-corruption themed city walks in Ukraine as tools for civic education and a contribution to the public discourse on corruption. Aim of the project is to spread knowledge on corruption and anti-corruption mechanisms to a broader audience.

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 2018. 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. 


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Friedrich Ebert Foundation

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Konrad Adenauer Foundation

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Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is a non-profit foundation associated with the German Green Party.

Hanns Seidl Foundation

The Hanns Seidl Foundation is a non-profit foundation associated with the German Christian Social Union (CSU).

Diplomatisches Magazin

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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