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13 Jan 2017

Women in Southeast Asia: 5 Young Professionals Share their Expertise in Bali Consultations

Posted by IFAIR in Act.EU & EuropeSouth and East AsiaThink.

What’s the current situation of women in Southeast Asian politics and societies? Five authors of the Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR)’s recent collaborative policy paper on gender equality shared their expertise in the Asia-Pacific Consultation on Gender Equality and the Political Empowerment of Women held on 9-10 December in Bali, Indonesia.


7 Dec 2016

EU-ASEAN Action on Gender Equality: IFAIR Discusses with Experts and Policy-Makers

Posted by IFAIR in Act.EU & EuropeSouth and East AsiaThink.

IFAIR’s group of young European and Southeast Asian experts called for more EU-ASEAN cooperation on promoting gender equality at two events in Brussels in November 2016. After months of intense work on female empowerment and interregional relations, they presented their ideas to the public and discussed with civil-society experts and high-level policy-makers, among them Helga Schmid, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS).


5 Dec 2016

The American Nightmare

Posted by IFAIR in North AmericaThink.

With Donald Trump’s election to US President, Americans seem to have voted for nationalism, isolationism and xenophobia. What kind of policy is to be expected of the narcissistic self-promoter and political novice, whose campaign was dominated by crude insults and polemics rather than content? And what does the election of the rightwing populist mean for Europe?


5 Dec 2016

The Idea of a World Parliament. Democratisation of global politics or perpetuation of the hegemonic order?

Posted by Hanna Pfeifer in Global AffairsLearn.

Cosmopolitan utopian concepts have a long history and are certain to generate widespread fascination. What institution could do more justice to the world citizen than a world parliament? However, this idea seems far-fetched against the backdrop of recent events such as the British vote for the Brexit: if Europeans, whose cultural interconnectedness is frequently invoked these days, withdraw from supranational structures, how could a parliament even be possible a by far more unequal, heterogeneous global society?


7 Nov 2016

(Deutsch) „Georgischer Traum“ gewinnt Parlamentswahlen in Georgien klar

Posted by Mattia Nelles in Uncategorized

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

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Interne News

9 Nov 2016

Ausschreibung: Regionalleiter/-in MENA

Posted by Hanna Pfeifer in Interne NewsMiddle East & North Africa

IFAIR sucht zum 01. Dezember 2016 eine/n eherenamtliche/n Regionalleiter/-in Naher Osten und Nordafrika. Bewerbungen werden bis zum 20.11.2016  erbeten an Die Ausschreibung als PDF findest du hier.

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

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