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24 Sep 2016

(Deutsch) Russland nach den Duma-Wahlen

Posted by Mattia Nelles in Eastern Europe & EurasiaThink.

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11 Sep 2016

Why care about the Duma elections this year?

Posted by Mattia Nelles in Eastern Europe & EurasiaThink.

Leonid Bershidsky, a Bloomberg columnist, this July provocatively stated that ‘Russia Has the Most Boring Election of 2016’, especially when compared to the immense spectacle of the U.S. presidential and senate elections. Despite the fact that the upcoming state Duma election is the first election since the 1990s that is taking place during an economic downturn, few aspects point to changes in the composition of the Duma or any major effects for the general Russian political system. Nevertheless, the elections might give insights into the general mood of the population and the Russian political theater.


2 Sep 2016

The new giant among regional organisations

Posted by Derya Bischoff in Eastern Europe & EurasiaGlobal AffairsSouth and East AsiaThink.

On 24 June 2016, the day the EU started to implode, India and Pakistan joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The crossover between the events could indicate a geopolitical upheaval because after the South-East Asian states joined the SCO now represents 40% of the global population and is therefore the world’s largest regional organisation.


18 Aug 2016

LACalytics: Building Bridges – Drawing Borders

Posted by Juliana de Moraes Pinheiro & Katharina Moers in Latin America & CaribbeanThink.

“Any law that the people have not ratified in person is void, is not law at all.“ 

(Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract 1763)


Micro-level case study: Brazilian Inequality and Social Stratification

Cover Page Team 3Building Bridges: Drawing Borders compares the lives of two young women who grew up in neighbouring municipalities in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Urban segregation, dividing the megalopolis into favelas (shanty towns) and gated communities, reflect the social inequality between them. In spite of the introduction of more integrative policies in the past, the underlying problem remains the same: Because of a gap between the rich and poor, the majority of Brazilians miss the opportunity to improve their quality of life in the long run.


2 Aug 2016

Nord Stream II – A Modern Energy Investment?

Posted by Tom Reutemann in Eastern Europe & EurasiaEU & EuropeThink.

At the end of 2011, the friendship between former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin manifested itself in the 1224 kilometre-long Nord Stream I Pipeline, through which natural gas is imported from Russia to the EU. Five years later, Europe is discussing a twin project: Nord Stream II. If the investors Gazprom (50 per cent share), Uniper, OMV, Shell, Wintershall and ENGIE had their way, the project would have been launched yesterday; however, there is still a rocky political path to be travelled from the start of construction until the opening.


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Interne News

20 Oct 2016

Final LACalytics Publication

Posted by Johannes Klein in EU & EuropeInterne NewsLatin America & Caribbean

After almost one year of preparation, selection and reviewal, the LACalytics Team publishes “EU-LAC Cooperation in the 21st Century: Combining efforts in a globalised world“. A total of 46 authors from 23 countries participated in the programme. Their work has been extensively published online over the past months. The twelve best contributions are featured in this publication, which manifests the programme´s interregional approach through its trilingual content.

For these proposals to be noticed and to influence policy making, we cooperate with senior politicians, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives both via the dialogue in this publication as well as during the LACalytics Conference, taking place from the 22nd to the 25th of October 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

It is against this background that we express our gratitude to all individuals and organisations who cooperate with the programme, may it be by distributing our call for application, publishing and sharing the analyses online or by contributing to this publication and the conference. We are especially thanking our cooperation partners, the EU-LAC Foundation and the German Federal Foreign Office, as well as the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Lastly, we kindly invite anyone who finds inspiration in our work to get in touch for future cooperations with LACalytics.

The final LACalytics policy paper can be found here:

 English: bildschirmfoto-2016-10-19-um-19-02-11  Spanish: bildschirmfoto-2016-10-20-um-11-36-24

19 Oct 2016

Concluding LACalytics Conference

Posted by Johannes Klein in Act.EU & EuropeInterne NewsLatin America & Caribbean

IFAIR e.V. cordially invites you to attend the concluding panel debate of its LACalytics Programme on “EU-LAC Cooperation in the 21st Century: Combining Efforts in a Globalised World”.lacalytics-invitation-card

LACalytics runs under the patronage of Dieter Lamlé, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the German Federal Foreign Office, and in cooperation with the EU-LAC Foundation. The project aims at fostering the understanding and cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Since February 2016, 46 young researchers and professionals form the EU and LAC have worked together in bi-regional teams to examine mutual interests and problems in the fields of politics, environment, economy and civil society and to formulate policy recommendations.

The best twelve analyses are published in a printed publication by IFAIR, and their authors are invited to attend the LACalytics Conference and its concluding event. The event takes place on Tuesday, the 25th of October 2016, and is kindly hosted by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in the Hamburg Town Hall. The subsequent reception will provide room for more informal discussions.


Event details 

Date : Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Time : 18.00 – 21.00

Location : Hamburg Town Hall, Kaisersaal, Rathausmarkt 1, 20095 Hamburg



18.00: Doors open

18.15 – 18.45: Introduction

  •  Welcome Address by Theresa Lieb, Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean and Executive Board Member of IFAIR
  • Welcome Address by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Opening Remarks by Wiltrud Kern, Deputy Head for Cono Sur States, Brazil, and Fundamental Issues of LAC in the German Federal Foreign Office

18.45 – 19.45: Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • Topic : EU-LAC Cooperation in the 21st Century: Combining Efforts in a Globalised World
  • Panellists : Danielle Edwards (LACalytics), Claudia Wiese (LACalytics), Dr Mark Heinzel (DIHK), Dr Anna Barrera (EU-LAC Foundation), Presenter : Alexandra Endres (ZEIT ONLINE)

19.45 – 21.00: Reception


!!! Please note that registering for the event via the following link is required : !!!


Please don´t hesitate to contact the LACalytics Team in case you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to Hamburg!


Yours sincerely,

Theresa Lieb, Leonard Fried, Johannes Klein, Joanna Klever & Fabian Scheifele

30 Aug 2016

Ausschreibung: Teilnahme an IFAIR-Symposium zum Thema UN Parlament und globale Demokratie

Posted by Steffen Murau in Interne News

Am 1. Oktober 2016 veranstaltet IFAIRs Impact Group UN Parliament ein Symposium zum Thema „Die Idee eines Weltparlaments: Demokratisierung globaler Politik oder Verstetigung hegemonialer Ordnung?“ in Berlin. Referenten sind hochrangige Persönlichkeit aus Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft. Die Impact Group lädt Doktoranden und MA-Studierende unterschiedlicher Fachbereiche herzlich dazu ein, an dem Symposium teilzunehmen und gerne auch einen ca. 15-minütigen Impulsvortrag zu halten. Bewerbungen bitte bis 10. September 2016 an Die Anzahl der Plätze für Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer ist begrenzt.


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