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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…

October 27, 2011

Interview on Israeli-Palestinian relations

Dr. Martin Beck gave an interview to "Deutsche Welle" on recent events in Israeli-Palestinian relations (in German). Here's the link more…

October 23, 2011

Dr. Martin Beck held a lecture at a scientific conference organized by the Regional Center on Conflict Prevention in Amman

On October 16th, Dr. Martin Beck held a lecture on "Peace-Building in the Middle East: EU Perspectives in the Light of the Arab Spring" at a scientific conference on "Advancing Justice and Reconciliation for Long-Term Peace Building in the Middle East". The conference which took place on October 16/17th was organised by the Regional Center for Conflict Prevention/Jordan Institute of Diplomacy in Amman. Here's the link to his power point presentation more…

October 23, 2011

Dr. Martin Beck virtually participated at a scientific conference organised by GIGA in Hamburg, Germany

Dr. Martin Beck virtually participated at a sientific conference on "Will a Regional Power Re-Emerge in the Middle East? New Power Constellations after the Arab Revolts" in Hamburg, Germany, on October 13/14th. He gave an introductionary lecture on "The Arab Spring as a Catalyst for the Re-Emergence of a Regional Power in the Middle East?". Here is the link to the audio narration: more…

October 23, 2011
Dr. Martin Beck

Dr. Martin Beck taught a course on Cross-Mediterranean Relations at the Jordanian Institute of Diplomacy

Dr. Martin Beck taught future Jordanian diplomats on cross-mediterranean relations at the Insitute of Diplomacy. The four-day course was held from October 3rd to 6th and covered historical and theoretical aspects of Euro-Arab relations, the relevance of the Israli-Palestinian conflict and the challenges of the Arab Spring.

October 4, 2011

KAS Amman Newsletter Sixth Edition

The sixth 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…