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In an increasingly condensed and rapidly changing world, ifa offers research-based knowledge at the interface of culture and foreign policy. In so doing, ifa strives to discuss and document international cultural relations and cultural aspects of global structural change. The aim is to scientifically accompany foreign cultural policy, to develop new concepts of dialogue between science, culture, politics and the media, and to make visible the potentials that think tanks, the politically active, scientists, libraries and interested parties have to offer.
Special emphasis is placed upon:
The International Cultural Relations Research Alliance (ICRRA) network, which is currently being set up, brings together international and scholarly institutions on the initiative of the ifa, which sees itself as a bridge builder between practical cultural work, scholarly reflection, policy advice and the media.
The Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy is given to scientists for outstanding doctoral theses that investigate issues at the interface of culture and foreign policy.
Founded in 2004, the Academic Council on Culture and Foreign Policy (WIKA) organises workshops and colloquia particularly addressing the issues of the theory and practice of international cultural exchange.