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January 10, 2012

Corporate Governance for Family Business

In recent decades, the focus of international bodies such as the IMF and World Bank has increased towards policies of corporate governance. On November 21, 2011,Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Amman, in cooperation with Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, organized a discussion forum entitled Corporate Governance for Family Business.Working also in the framework of social market economy, the aim of the conference was to propose ideas which could be implemented in the laws that affect businesses in Jordan. more…

January 2, 2012

Political Systems and the Role of Parliaments in the Emerging Arab Democracies

The onset of the Arab Spring compelled societies in the Middle East to demand their rights for meaningful democracy. Establishing a democracy requires political institutions that are able and willing to fully represent the interests and demands of the people. In light of these developments, KAS Amman and Al-Quds Center jointly organized a regional conference on Oct. 1-2, 2011 to discuss the role political bodies in these states play in achieving democracy and preventing the return of autocracy. more…

December 22, 2011

KAS Amman Newsletter

The seventh edition of our quarterly newsletter is now available. Please subscribe for free by kindly sending us an email at, subject: “Newsletter”. Please click here for the newsletter more…

December 19, 2011

Publications of Dr. Martin Beck

Dr. Martin Beck published two articles (in German) in a "Machtquelle Erdöl", co-edited by Matthias Basedau and Robert Kappel: "Machtquelle Erdöl. Ein theoriegeleitetes Analyseraster" [Oil as a Source of Power. A theoretically-guided analytical framework] and "Der Ölboom in Iran und seine Auswirkungen" [The Oil Boom in Iran and its Effects]. For more information see: more…

December 18, 2011

Women Empowerment through Research

KAS, the Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) and the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW)/ Lebanese American University (LAU) jointly organized a roundtable discussion on gender from November 16th - 18th 2011, entitled “Women Empowerment through Research”. The roundtable was successful in terms of opening new channels of communication between the network of scholars and civil society activists working on women and gender-related issues. more…

December 14, 2011

“The Generals’ Forum: Israel – Jordan Relations within a Regional Context”

On November 25th – 26th, Nidaa Al-Shraideh, gave a welcome speech in the joint event of KAS Jerusalem, the Amman Center for Peace and Development and the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue entitled “The Generals’ Forum: Israel – Jordan Relations within a Regional Context”. Scholars, practitioners and military representatives met in Aqaba to discuss the regional implications of the Arab spring as well as the Arab-Israeli Peace Initiative and cross-border cooperation.

December 5, 2011

Syria and the Arab Spring

While Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans have overthrown their autocratic rulers, the issue of the political survival of Bashar al-Assad, whose regime represents one of the most repressive in the region, remains unsettled. This situation raises the question of how Assad could hold on to power in spite of overt political resistance that lasted over several months. What are similarities, but also differences between the case of Syria and other states of the Arab spring? more…

November 19, 2011

The Media and its Role in Monitoring the Municipal Elections

On October 22nd, KAS Amman in cooperation with First Media Company held a roundtable discussion that brought experts together to discuss "The Media and its Role in Monitoring Municipal Elections". Panelist tackled questions of competency of municipalities, transparency and integrity in municipal elections and the power of media in fostering positive change in the administration of elections as well as in the public perception of elections. more…

November 14, 2011

Empowering Local Governments in Jordan:Enhancing Political and Developmental Relations between Local Governments and Local Communities

Since municipalities, respectively, local governments form the centre of developmental and investment activities in its community, KAS Amman and the Vision Center for Strategic and Development Studies organized a workshop on October 26th, 2011 in Jerash. The workshop aimed at empowering local governments and municipalities in Jordan and strengthening their relations with civil society organizations and the private sector in order to make their work most efficient. more…

November 14, 2011

Lecture of Dr. Martin Beck at Birzeit University, Palestine

On November 3rd, 2011, Dr. Martin Beck gave a lecture at Birzeit University, Palestine, on "Past and Future Problems of Cross-Mediterranean Relations: A European Perspective". The event was co-organized by KAS Ramallah that also wrote a report which is available at: Please click here for the Power Point Presentation: more…