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Secret Negotiations in Nuclear Diplomacy. Who Decides about Success and Failure of an Agreement with Iran?
by Stefan Maetz, posted Sunday, 30.03.2014
On November 24, 2013, an interim agreement of Iran and the P5+1 was reached, granting a relief of sanctions for Iran in return for concessions regarding Uranium enrichment and nuclear technology. Negotiations continue for a final agreement. Not long afterwards, it became public that the U.S. had held secret negotiations with Iran before the official talks which laid the groundwork for the successful interim agreement. However, an Iranian offer for an agreement to the U.S. in 2003, also conveyed via a secret back-channel, was rejected without being given further consideration. Read more…

Interview with the Lebanese Ambassador to Germany, S.E. Dr. Mustapha Adib-Abdul-Wahed
by Beate Baldow, posted Saturday, 29.o3.2014
Compared to other Arab countries, the Lebanon enjoys extensive democratic and constitutional achievements. However, the domestic situation is not stable, not only because of sectarianism but especially due to the incidences in Syria, which traditionally has strong ties with the Lebanon. Concerns are being voiced that the Lebanon could be dragged into the war of its neighbour. In the meantime the „Land of Cedars“, which has a population of only four million, is accommodating one million registered refugees. Read more…

The EU as a Source of Inspiration
by Imke Pente, posted Thursday, 06.03.2014
What role does the European Union take on in ASEAN’s integration process? This question was at the core of IFAIR’s online workshop “EU-ASEAN Perspectives”, which brought together 12 young researchers and professionals from Europe and Southeast Asia. The participants found that while ASEAN does look at EU policies for inspiration, it does not strive to copy-and-paste the European experience. Read more…

The Civil State (dawla madanīya) – A New Political Term?
by Amer Katbeh, posted Monday, 24.02.2014
In the aftermath of the Egyptian uprising in 2011, observers of Egyptian politics will notice immediately the remarkable use of the term ‘dawla madanīya’ (Civil State) by both ordinary citizens and politicians, by the so-called secular parties as well as by some political parties with Islamic reference. But what do they mean by ‘dawla madanīya’ (Civil State)? Is the ‘dawla madanīya’ a new political term? What is the difference between the civil and the secular state? Why and how is this term used? Read more…


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Dr. Gambke, MdB, joins IFAIR advisory board
posted Sunday, 23.03.2014
IFAIR is proud to announce that the member of the German parliament and head of EU-ASEAN parliamentary exchange group, Dr. Thomas Gambke, has joined the advisory board. Read more…

New Impact Group: “Talk around the world”
posted Thursday, 06.03.2014
IFAIR has started its first Impact Group in Hamburg at Bucerius Law School. Meet interesting young people as well as speakers and guests and discuss current affairs in international relations. All IFAIR-members are free to join and/or help organize the frequently held meetings. Read more…

German foreign-policy making – IFAIR meets parliament
posted Thursday, 27.02.2014
To conclude the work of the Impact Group “EU-ASEAN Perspectives”, IFAIR had arranged a background discussion with Dr Thomas Gambke, Member of Parliament for the Green Party and chairman of the ASEAN Parliamentary Friendship Group. Read more…

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