July 30, 2018

From Jabhat al-Nusra to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham

In this publication, Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi writes the history and evolution of the group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, beginning from its formation as the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, to Jabhat Fatah al- Sham and, finally, the present form of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham. more…

June 5, 2018

Moscow’s Flexible Alliances in the Middle East - Opportunities and Constraints

Russia has been seeking a more robust relationship with Iraq since the so-called Arab Spring started in 2011, eager to build on the remnants of what was once a strong Soviet-Iraqi alliance during the Cold War. more…

May 17, 2018

Iraq after the Election: Transformation of the Political Landscape

The Election Day on May 12, 2018 came with low voter turnout and surprising results. more…

May 6, 2018

Iraq at a Crossroads: Stabilization or Further Fragmentation?

The upcoming elections on May 12, 2018 will determine whether Iraq will be able to stabilize itself politically and to start an urgent reform process more…

March 29, 2018

Militant Islamism and Jihadism after the End of the ‘Caliphate’

KAS and Issam Fares Institute hold a international conference on the future of the Islamic State, AL Qaeda and their affiliates in Asia, Africa and Europe more…

March 8, 2018

German-Iraqi relations

Decision-makers from Baghdad visit Berlin

From 27 February to 2 March, an Iraqi delegation visited Berlin on invitation of KAS and discussed the future of the German support for the country. Moreover, the talks focused on the looming conflict between Baghdad and Erbil and the upcoming general elections in Iraq. more…

January 31, 2018

High-level workshop in Beirut

Federalism and Decentralisation in Iraq: Challenges and Reforms

On 28 and 29 January, the KAS Syria/Iraq office, the Atlantic Council and the Institute for Regional and International Studies held a workshop in Beirut on federalism and decentralization with high-level representatives of the Iraqi government, Iraqi Members of Parliament and international experts. more…

December 12, 2017

KAS/MdF Research Paper No.2

The Shiite Clergy in Iraq After Sistani - Growing Iranian Influence?

Grand Ayatollah Sistani constitutes a bulwark against the influence of Iran's religious establishment in Iraq. Laura Henselmann describes the competition between Najaf and Qum and argues that the religious influence of Iran will remain limited in the future even after Sistani's death. more…

December 4, 2017

KAS Politische Meinung No. 547

"Zero Hour" in Mosul - Impressions From the "Former Capital of the IS"

On 9 July 2017, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State. The future challenges that remain are gigantic. In the current issue of "Politische Meinung", Nils Wörmer and Lucas Lamberty report on their fact-finding mission to the city in August 2017. more…

October 16, 2017

KAS/Basra University conference

Basra: Opportunities and Obstacles for Sustainable Economic Growth

On 8 and 9 October, the KAS Regional Programme for Energy Security and Climate Change MENA, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Arab Gulf Research Center of the University of Basra held a conference about the opportunities and obstacles for sustainable economic growth in the province. more…