Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy"

Within the Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy" experts do research on topics related to Germany’s Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy. Within the research periods of three to six months, they investigate specific topics, develop findings and formulate policy recommendations for future foreign cultural policy strategies. With the scientific foundation of basic themes and areas of foreign cultural and educational policy and the recommendations for practical use the ifa as a center of competence offers a so far unique expert advice to foreign cultural policy actors. Universities, cultural organisations, media and business partners cooperate with the Research Programme for the support of researches, the organisation of conferences and the production of studies and scientific papers.

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Markus Lang: Erinnern an 100 Jahre Weimarer Verfassung

Internationale Rezeptionen / Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Hg.). – Stuttgart , 2016. – 48 S. – (ifa-Edition Kultur und Außenpolitik)

Category: Geschichte, Edition Kultur u. Aussenpolitik  
Main subjects: Germany + Weimar Republic + Constitutions + Anniversaries + Effects / consequences + reception + Historiography + Subjects of research + Global + Exemplary cases + France + Poland + United States + Proposals / initiatives
Aspects: Politics of memory / culture of memory + Foreign cultural policy + Measures + Constitutional law + Constitutional principles + History of law + Relation(s) + Image of Germany + Bilateral international relations

Bert Hoffmann: Wandel und Annäherung

Perspektiven deutsch-kubanischer Beziehungen in Kultur und Bildung / Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Hg.). – Stuttgart , 2016. – 72 S. – (ifa-Edition Kultur und Außenpolitik)

Category: Edition Kultur u. Aussenpolitik  
Main subjects: Cuba + Germany + International cultural relations + Foreign cultural policy + Intercultural relations + Cultural influences + Socio-cultural change + Political change + International education cooperation + University research + Universities + Political reforms + International scientific-technological cooperation + Academic and research cooperation

Robert Lohmann, Daniel Göler, Isabel Vollmer: Zivilgesellschaftliche Akteure in der Außenpolitik

Chancen und Perspektiven von Public Diplomacy / Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Hg.) – Stuttgart, 2016. – 67 S. – (ifa-Edition Kultur und Außenpolitik)

Category: Edition Kultur u. Aussenpolitik  
Main subjects: Germany + Foreign cultural policy + Public diplomacy + Bodies responsible for measures + Status/significance + Civil society + Political actors + Acceptance + Self-image + Obstacles to development + Theory + Practice + Surveys (interrogation) + Exemplary cases + Reform proposals
Aspects: Social group identity + Expectations + Interrelationship between foreign and domestic policy + Definition of tasks + Networks (institutional/social) + Social associations - state relations + Federal Foreign Office (Germany) + Moldova + Democracy promotion + European Union + Young people + Political participation
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[Translate to English:] Foto: ©Rodion Kutsaev via Unsplash

"Cultural exchange forms the lifeline of dialogue between societies"

ifa | About the influence of sanctions on the cultural relations between two countries: An interview with Christian von Soest.

[Translate to English:] Crowd, Standing, Peopl, Hande and Raise; Foto: Edwin Andrade Via Unsplash

German civil society international

ifa | A conversation on the new foreign policy with Robert Lohmann and Daniel Göler.

Guillaume Baviere: Havana (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Cuba opens up: will culture and education be the new motor?

ifa | Interview with Bert Hoffmann,  ifa-Expert for the prospects of German-Cuban cultural and scientific relations

Cedar of the Lebanese flag in a white pigeon – both peace symbols
Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy in Lebanese refugee camps. © ifa/Grassmann

Creating perspectives and space to grow – cultural projects in Lebanese refugee camps

ifa | Interview with Leila Mousa, ifa-Expert for the Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy in refugee camps.