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The Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (CISS) is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to promoting greater involvement of young people in international affairs. Founded in 2010 in Germany, it has grown to become a global network of students and young professionals to make young voices heard in international relations through publications and transnational projects.

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Future of the International Monetary System

The Impact Group Future of the International Monetary System wants to raise awareness about those structures of the international monetary system and make knowledge available to a broader population. We want to bridge the gap between academic research and the process by which public opinion is formed and democratic positions are adopted.

Diplomacy and Democracy

The Impact Group Diplomacy and Democracy aims at discussing the relationship between diplomacy, transparency and democracy. The project intends to motivate young people interested in international politics to think about questions outside their curriculum as they need to be part of the discussions surrounding the concept of global democracy.


The Impact Group LACalytics brings together young people from the EU and Latin America to discuss current issues and publish co-authored articles in bi-regional tandems. We offer a platform for students and young professionals to exchange views and knowledge about politics, economics, social life as well as international relations in both regions.

Foreign Policy Talks

The Impact Group Foreign Policy Talks brings together students and young professionals with decision makers and experts of today to discuss current foreign policy issues. We offer the opportunity to get first-hand accounts on foreign policy making and to receive information about working in international relations.

Recent publications

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"Strengthening EU-LAC Cooperation: Sharing Experiences for Present and Future Developments" (2018)
This is the final publication of LACalytics 2018 and consists of policy articles related to Politics, Economics, Environment, Civil Society & Culture as well as Science, Technology and Innovation in EU-LAC relations.

"Memory as a Tool of Change: Forgotten Places in Siberia" (2017)
As the final part of CISS's project “Memory as a Tool of Change”, all German and Russian participants contributed to this collected edition with essays on their experiences with commemorative cultures in Russia and Germany.

"EU-LAC Cooperation in the 21st century: Combining efforts in a globalized world" (2016)
This publication features a series of policy papers written jointly by teams of young scholars from the EU and LAC regions as part of CISS's first LACalytics project in 2016. 

"Gender Equality: An EU-ASEAN Interregional Perspective on Policy Making" (2016)
This publication features a number of policy papers from scholars and young professionals from the EU and ASEAN regions who participated in CISS's 3rd EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue in 2016. 


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Diplomatisches Magazin

The Diplomatic Magazine is the journal of the diplomatic community in Germany, which publishes articles of CISS’s Think Tank every month.