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February 12, 2012

Dr. Martin Beck on a possible Israeli military strike against Iran

On Februar 10th, Dr. Martin Beck gave an interview with the German newspaper "Südwestpresse" on the danger of an Israeli military strike against Iran. more…

February 9, 2012
MB lecture

Lecture at the German Jordanian University

On February 8th, Dr. Martin Beck gave a speech on German Political Culture to students of the German Jordanian University who will go soon for one year to different German universities.

January 22, 2012
Entering a Grey Area - Publication

Entering a Grey Area: Lebanon’s Economic Challenges in the Arab Spring

Historically, Lebanon has benefited economically from regional turmoil and international financial crises. Its uniquely strong banking sector and human capital have contributed to this success. Yet the Arab uprisings have had a conversely negative effect on Lebanon’s economy. The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and KAS Amman have published the report from a closed-roundtable discussion held in Beirut, June 2011, which aimed to identify the reasons why and project the future of its economy.

January 22, 2012
Arab Uprisings - Publication

Arab Uprisings and Challenges of Change

The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and KAS Amman have published the findings of a joint roundtable discussion in Beirut, June 2011.The Arab Spring has had minimal direct impact on Lebanon. Thus, identifying the reason why Lebanon’s situation is unique was the topic of discussion. Iran and Syria’s influence on the internal politics were also brought into question, as events transpiring in each respective country could dramatically change the political climate in Lebanon without precedent.

January 10, 2012

Thus, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung works in Amman

On the 21st of December, 2011, Mr. Emad Nusair from Scoopat interviewed Dr. Martin Beck and Nida’a Al-Shraideh to discuss the activities of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Amman. The following interview was conducted to provide better insight into this highly active political foundation. more…

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…