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'Shrinking space for civil society: the EU response'

European Parliament | 'The global clampdown on civil society has deepened and accelerated in recent years. Over a hundred governments have introduced restrictive laws limiting the operations of civil society organisations (CSOs),' states a study pulished by the European Parliament this year. The study presents EU mechanisms against this phenomena and offers some strategic guidelines.

Is there an of switch for asymmetrical power constellations? Photo: Sylvain Naudin (CC BY-SA 2.0), via Flickr

ifa Edition Culture and Foreign Policy

Can Asymmetrical Cooperation be Legitimised?

ifa | Is there a chance of balanced power constellations between the global north and the global south? How can uneven cooperations be justified? This research will investigate whether asymmetric cooperation may nonetheless be legitimised if it leads to effective problem-solving and/or generates emancipatory effects. This tension will be examined on the basis of a critical and reflexive analysis of the DAAD project "Tunisia in transition", involving collaboration between German and Tunisian universities.

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Special Press Review

Culture Shock Trump?

How U.S. Policies Influence the Arts, Culture and Science

ifa | Within just a few days of taking office, President Donald Trump has begun to change the political scenery of the U.S., decree by decree. His policies affect the arts, culture and science: Universities are to suffer financial cutbacks; the immigration ban for individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries threatens to damage the international exchange in the arts, culture and science. Still, Trump's executive orders do not go unchallenged: Museums and universities refuse to accept this growing isolation without a fight. Our special press review 'Culture Shock Trump?' provides an overview of current developments in the U.S., exploring their consequences for the arts, sports, the media and science.

Havana, Cuba © Albia Consul

German-Cuban cultural and educational relations

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

ifa | The death of Fidel Castro has put Cuba in the public eye. It was preceded by the resumption of diplomatic relations with the USA and Barack Obama's visit in March 2016. Tourism continues to rise steadily and foreign holidaymakers are bringing the foreign exchange into the country that is such a welcome source of income for many Cubans. To many observers, it appears to be inexorable that the country will open up. Cuban intellectuals and artists are hoping for more freedom as well as a more intensive exchange with foreign countries. Foreign cultural and educational policies play an essential role here.
Interview with Professor Bert Hoffmann, an expert from the ifa's research programme

HIGH LINE – Post-Fossil Fuel infrastructures, New York; public park, First section opened in 2009; Team: James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro; © Iwan Baan

Post-Oil City: Urban Systems 

From Community Gardens to Vertical Farming

City planners the world over are discussing urban agriculture. According to experts 60% of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2030. Even today, 70% of the world’s CO² emissions are due to cities, to a large part originating from transportation and the supply of food. In order to achieve sustainability, transit distances must be reduced and food networks at the local and regional levels must be activated.
By Carolin Mees

ACUPUNCTURE – The Radial-Concentric City, Curitiba; Projects began in 1965; Team: Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano de Curitiba (IPPUC), Jaime Lerner; Express bus system, 1974 © Jaime Lerner

Post-Oil-City: Urban Transit

Learning from Curitiba

The Successes and Failures of an Early Instance of Urban Acupuncture.
By Stefan Gruber

new olds. Workshop with Laura Bernhardt and Daniel Juric in Nanjing; photo: Lao XU (Hongwei XU), © ifa

Workshop in Nanjing

Lotus Root and Sauerkraut

The streets in China are full of the smell of food. Whether boiled, steamed, fried, or baked, street vendors are cooking everywhere. What makes Chinese street food special? How is it prepared? What do the vendors use to cook it? And how is it different from German food?
By Laura Bernhardt and Daniel Juric

Rüdiger Stehn: Egypt 1999 (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

Taha Hussein and the democratisation of education in Egypt

The sea of knowledge

Qantara.de | The Egyptian author Taha Hussein warned as long ago as the 1930s that the future of Egypt depended on reforming its education system. His book "The Future of Culture in Egypt" is a plea for an enlightened, democratic and Mediterranean Egypt.
By Andreas Pflitsch

Gigi Ibrahim: Tahrir (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr

Post-Arabellion reform deadlock

The logic of power

Qantara.de| The Arab world is locked into a huge cycle of violence. At the same time, reformers are isolated - both within the regimes and outside them. Those who advocate violence, on the other hand, sense momentum and are growing in number. And they are convinced that the future will be a violent one.
An essay by the Kuwaiti political scientist Shafeeq Ghabra

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Arab Uprising

The Two Futures of the Arab World

Yalebooksblog | Five years since the Arab uprisings, a political, cultural and social battle is still raging across the Middle East. Tarek Osman, the author of Islamism, explores‎ the challenges facing the Arab world, and reflects on the conflicting factors that will shape its future.
By Tarek Osman

Catalogue of the ifa-Library

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