About International Politics Working Group

Established in: 1996

Main aims and tasks:

Sergio Caredda: “AEGEE operates in a political world, we have to face the reality.”

  • Raising awareness of current political issues in the student world
  • Making it completely understandable that “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” (Pericles)
  • Giving members the chance to express their opinions throughout various actions, such as debates, local events, training courses, workshops, simulation games, case studies
  • Dealing with issues like the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the trample of democracy and institutional rights and the role of the European Court
  • Showing to the society the impact of political processes on youngsters
  • Directly promoting peace and stability in Europe
  • Supporting the development of the transborder cooperation
  • Supporting AEGEE Locals in overcoming different political obstacles in their international cooperation

Activities:

  • IPAD – International Politics Awareness Day
  • Local IPWGs
  • Partnership with EnWG for AEGEE4Rio (a Rio+20 initiative)
  • Model European Union (MEU)
  • Online debates

History:

The International Politics Working Group (IPWG) was founded on the 30th of September 1996 by students of the University of Gorizia. The first steps were taken back then by Sergio Caredda, who after bringing the statutes to the Gorizia court, created the basis for the Working Group to develop further. However, the member who gave flesh and bones and brought fresh air and new activities to the IPWG was Frank Burgdörfer. Currently, the IPWG is developing a study project about the Central European Initiative, a co-operation effort in Central-Eastern Europe. On top of that, a political sciences library is being created in Gorizia.

In general, ever since its foundation in 1997, the International Politics Working Group has become a strong pillar for AEGEE activities, by bringing thematic input to different conferences and seminars, as well as by organising conferences on its own. It played an important role in the realisation of AEGEE’s projects, such as Peace Academy and Ten Years of Transition after the end of the Cold War. Ever since then it has been an integral part of AEGEE, implementing many training courses and events bringing into attention important political issues and motivating the youth into an active political idea.

Ever since its foundation, the IPWG changed the lives of many of its members, but most importantly it changed their perspectives.

Flagship Projects:

  • Peace Academy (1999/2000)
  • Borderless Europe (2000/2001)
  • Quo Vadis Europe (2001)
  • Youth & Globalisation (2003)
  • EU&Europe (2004)

Returning to the present, the IPWG is determined to have one loud impact on the world of international politics within AEGEEto focus on significant issues that influence our lives in Europe and world wide, and to bring into question youth and human political rights.