ifa blog

Interviews, essays, reports – in the ifa blog, the diverse topics of the ifa are vividly presented in various formats.

Upgrade to the Metaverse?

For the ifa Research Programme "Culture and Foreign Policy" Manouchehr Shamsrizi explores the potential of video games and so-called metaverses for Germany's foreign cultural and ...

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Butterflies in the Brain

Making traditional Ukrainian hair wreaths is an art that is no longer very common today. Olena Afanasenko talks about preserving the cultural heritage of her homeland in an interview ...

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White lies and the voids of­ history

Both Namibia and South Africa look back on a violent colonial past, but the history books only tell of individual "heroes". Can historical fiction give the victims a voice?

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People demonstrating at a Black Lives Matter protest, their signs saying "No justice, no peace".

"Where do we stand now?"

Discrimination, hate crime, equality: Where was progress seen over the past years and what more needs to be done?

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Give back childhood

For a long time, the Kurdish areas in the border region of Syria, Iraq and Turkey have been the target of attacks from different directions - after pushing back ISIS, Turkey in ...

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"Anybody is a potential refugee"

Largely unnoticed by the debate on refugees in Western European countries, Uganda in East Africa has become an important country of asylum, receiving over 1.5 million refugees. Irene ...

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Where it’s not just the earth which quakes

Crime, natural disasters, assassinations of presidents: Haiti is in a never-ending political crisis. What is Germany undertaking to support this country politically? Jens Kraus-Massé ...

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Sablettes beach in Algiers. The pace of illegal migration has intensified, despite prison terms of six months for those arrested by the coastguard. Photograph: Zineb Bettayeb

'I live on crumbs': why older Algerians risk the small boats to Spain

Nouara is 65 but ready to join thousands of others who burn their ID and pay traffickers for a chance of a new life in Europe.

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Illustration: A magnet in the colours of the European Union is attracting five different people.

Time to restore trust

At this time of great anxiety and geopolitical disorder, three unprecedented challenges knock on our doors: climate change, demography and migration, and the digital era. These all ...

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