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.see more
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In 2018, IFAIR sent for the first time a delegation of students and young professionals to the European Youth Event (EYE). The EYE brings together young Europeans, aged between 16 and 30, with European decision-makers and politicians in order to discuss European matters and issues.
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.
The Impact Group Foreign Policy Talks is currently planning the next event in spring 2018. Stay updated here for more information!
"Strengthening EU-LAC Cooperation: Sharing Experiences for Present and Future Developments" (2018)
This is the final publication of LACalytics 2018 and consists of policy articles related to Politics, Economics, Environment, Civil Society & Culture as well as Science, Technology and Innovation in EU-LAC relations.
"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.
What others Say About us
"Today, we need assertive United Nations more than ever. Therefore, I am delighted that IFAIR together with UNPA is now organising a Model UN Parliament!"Sigmar Gabriel, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany
"I am delighted to be a patron of IFAIR’s 3rd EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue, which presents an impressive analysis on how the EU and ASEAN can enhance cooperation!”Helga Schmid, Secretary-General of the European External Action Service
"At an extraordinary convention, I discussed with IFAIR on how to give globalisation a democratic foundation. When young people around the world gather in this spirit, they can make the difference!"Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Head of the German Protestant Church
"IFAIR connects theory and practice in International Relations, which I find very exciting. I am very happy to be an advisory board member of the initiative which I have accompanied since 2010."Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel, Jean Monnet Chair at the Free University of Berlin
“We all stand to gain if young people such as our LACalytics participants rethink relations between Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe with fresh eyes and creative ideas."Ambassador Dieter Lamlé, Regional Representative for Latin America and the Caribbean at the German Federal Foreign Office
"I praise the motivation and stamina of the organisers from IFAIR who have selflessly worked on the LACalytics project and managed to bring it to a very successful conclusion!"Paola Amadei, Executive Director of the EU-LAC Foundation
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Friedrich Ebert Foundation
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Konrad Adenauer Foundation
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Heinrich Böll Foundation
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Hanns Seidl Foundation
The Hanns Seidl Foundation is a non-profit foundation associated with the German Christian Social Union (CSU).
The Diplomatic Magazine is the journal of the diplomatic community in Germany, which publishes articles of IFAIR’s Think Tank every month.