About Us

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Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). As co-founder of the CDU and the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) united Christian-social, conservative and liberal traditions. His name is synonymous with the democratic reconstruction of Germany, the firm alignment of foreign policy with the trans-Atlantic community of values, the vision of a unified Europe and an orientation towards the social market economy. His intellectual heritage continues to serve both as our aim as well as our obligation today.

In our European and international cooperation efforts we work for people to be able to live self-determined lives in freedom and dignity. We make a contribution underpinned by values to helping Germany meet its growing responsibilities throughout the world.

We encourage people to lend a hand in shaping the future along these lines. With more than 70 offices abroad and projects in over 120 countries, we make a unique contribution to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and a social market economy. To foster peace and freedom we encourage a continuous dialog at the national and international levels as well as the exchange between cultures and religions.

Human beings in their distinctive dignity and with their rights and responsibilities are at the heart of our work. We are guided by the conviction that human beings are the starting point in the effort to bring about social justice and democratic freedom while promoting sustainable economic activity. By bringing people together who embrace their responsibilities in society, we develop active networks in the political and economic spheres as well as in society itself. The guidance we provide on the basis of our political know-how and knowledge helps to shape the globalization process along more socially equitable, ecologically sustainable and economically efficient lines.

We cooperate with governmental institutions, political parties, civil society organizations and handpicked elites, building strong partnerships along the way. In particular we seek to intensify political cooperation in the area of development cooperation at the national and international levels on the foundations of our objectives and values. Together with our partners we make a contribution to the creation of an international order that enables every country to develop in freedom and under its own responsibility.

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung has been engaged in Korea since 1978 as one of the first political foundations. The main focus and taken measures were orientated on the democratic needs of the country and have been adjusted to changing political and societal environment.

The current priorities of  KAS Korea aim for the following: Strengthening the inter-Korean peace and reconciliation process, the Consolidation of democracy, rule of law and the role of civil society, as well as the discussion of the concept of social and ecological  market economy as a possible model for Korea in the era of globalization.

In cooperation with Korean think tanks, governmental and nongovernmental institutions we inform, consult and organise events and research projects. The transfer and exchange of German and European experience and ideas is supported, whenever suitable and necessary.

Strengthening the Peace and Reconciliation Process

  • Seminars, Workshops and research projects on current and future peaceful relations between North- and South Korea
  • Integration of North Korean defectors into South Korean society
  • Initialization of a North-East Asian dialogue on foreign and security policy

Consolidation of Democracy. Rule of Law, and Role of Civil Society

  • Strengthening of democracy and role of civil society
  • Consolidation of Rule of Law, Constitution
  • Establishing party democracy, future political leaders workshops

Social and Ecological Market Economy

  • Seminars, workshops and research projects on the concept of a social and ecological market economy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility