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Beyond Rhetoric?

Sharaka hosts lecture series on EU foreign policy

The EU funded Sharaka project held its second series of lectures in Kuwait, the UAE and Bahrain from 15 to 17 April 2013. This time, the lecture aimed at providing information about the EU, its institutions and policies in the Mediterranean. Dr Nathalie Tocci, deputy director of the Italian research centre Istituto Affairi Internazionali (IAI), dealt with EU foreign policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the aftermath of the transformations. At each stop, her lecture was followed by remarks of a local counterpart before the discussion was opened for the audience. more…

Rahma Janetzke | Event Reports | April 25, 2013

“What do they think about us?”

Sharaka Workshop on Enhancing Understanding and Cooperation in Media and Higher Education

The workshop “Dialogue on Opportunities for Enhancing Understanding and Cooperation in Media and Communications in Higher Education and Scientific Research in EU–GCC relations” took place 26 March 2013 in Muscat, Oman. After the presentation of two research papers, the attendants participated in a feedback session. The following focus groups discussed ways to strengthen the cooperation in Higher Education as well as in Media and Communication. The workshop was attended by diplomats and policy-makers from both the GCC and the EU along with scientists from various research institutions. more…

Rahma Janetzke | Event Reports | April 7, 2013

State Secretary Dr Ralf Brauksiepe visits Muscat for high-level Talks

Meetings with Ministry of Manpower and Omani MPs strengthen German-Omani friendship

Dr Ralf Brauksiepe, Parliamentary Secretary to the German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, visited the Omani capital last weekend. Main focus of the visit was put on labour market policy issues. After a meeting at the Ministry of Manpower, a lecture and a discussion session with members of the State and Shura Council were held. An exchange with Omani civil society representatives contributed to enhancing German-Omani relations. more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker | Event Reports | March 14, 2013

Awards for civic engagement in the Gulf Region

KAS partner TAWASUL bestows 4th Civil Society Leaders Awards

In the presence of high-ranking representatives of the civil society as well as the public and private sectors, the fourth annual ceremony of the Civil Society Leaders Awards took place on 11 December, 2012. The event was organised by the renowned, independent Omani Think Tank Tawasul, in cooperation with the KAS Regional Programme Gulf States. more…

Rahma Janetzke | Event Reports | December 17, 2012

Young Omani Journalists explore Germany’s Political and Media System

Twelve talented young journalists from the Sultanate of Oman have visited Berlin in early October to attend a Study and Dialogue Programme in the German capital. The goal of the seminar was to foster the participants' journalistic skills and to offer them an insight into Germany's political system and media landscape. The programme was organised by the KAS Team for Interior Programmes and the Regional Programme Gulf States in cooperation with KAS Journalist Academy (JONA). more…

Dr. Gidon Windecker | Event Reports | October 18, 2012