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People’s representation in the Gulf region


Although tribalism and hereditary monarchies primarily shape the political system in the Gulf States, there are – against widespread assumptions – parliamentary and parliamentary-like systems in all states of the wider Gulf region. Now, as the first systematic venture of its kind, an ambitious research project analyses these representative institutions. more…

Peter Sendrowicz, Philipp Dienstbier | Event Reports | October 6, 2016

Diversifying the Economy by Developing the Individual’s Potential

Workshop on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises’ Effective Use of Social Media

Employees of Oman’s Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development together with successful young entrepreneurs are taking part in a two-day workshop on the effective use of social media. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker, Peter Sendrowicz | Event Reports | June 1, 2016

“A random searchlight, but no beacon” – Media and Conflict in Yemen


In national as well as international conflicts media have great manipulative power. In Yemen, too, the different conflict parties are exploiting newspapers and television channels in their struggle for political influence. Against this background, the Regional Office Gulf States has invited journalists from Yemen, other Arab countries, Europe and the USA to analyse how narratives propagated by local, regional and international media contribute to the escalation of violence within the country. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker, Peter Sendrowicz | Event Reports | May 31, 2016

The role of assemblies in shaping legislative power in Germany and Bahrain

Ever since the inception of the Gulf monarchy, the popular assembly has played an important role in Bahrain’s legislative processes. Against this background, numerous members of the Bahraini Shura Council came together for a joint workshop with the KAS Regional Office Gulf States on February 15-16 to reflect on the role of parliamentary bodies in legislative processes. The members of the upper house exchanged views with two German experts on the role of assemblies in shaping legislative power in Bahrain, Germany and Europe. more…

Peter Sendrowicz, Dr. Gidon Windecker | Event Reports | March 10, 2016

Business for a change: Young Omani entrepreneurs are on the rise

Photo gallery of the KAS Social Entrepreneurship Workshop with young talents in Oman

Oman: a Gulf state commonly associated with gushing oil wells, the ancient Incense Road and Sindbad the Sailor. However, in the light of dwindling oil reserves, the worry-free days might be over soon. The question remains: What comes next? Young entrepreneurs with new ideas are needed. Visiting the students at GUtech University in Muscat, one will be surprised how motivated young Omanis are to take the future into their own hands. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker, Sebastian Pfülb | Event Reports | February 20, 2016