About Us

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Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (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 values of the trans-Atlantic community, 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 and we make a contribution, underpinned by our values, to help 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.

The distinctive dignity of human beings and 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.

Through our country offices in the Middle East, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation assists the political, economic, and social development in the region. We want to contribute in a sustainable way to the rooting and the reinforcement of democracy, the rule of law, and civil society, to the development and the consolidation of social market economy structures, to the avoidance of violent conflict, to the consolidation of cooperation within the region and with Europe, as well as to a constructive dialogue between cultures and religions.

The Syria/Iraq Office has been set up in September 2015 and deals with the political and social situation in both countries, questions regarding the stability of neighboring countries, the refugee situation and security implications arising from the Syrian civil war and the expansion of the Islamic State (IS).

The realization of our goals ensues through a mix of different tools, foremost through trainings, education and consultation, as well as through dialogue programs, research and publications. These projects and programs are supported through activities in Germany and Europe.