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…

October 13, 2017

KAS/IFI conference in Beirut

China's Expanding Influence in the Middle East

The last decade has seen an increasing economic and political involvement of the People’s Republic of China in the Middle East. On 28 September, KAS and the Issam Fares Institute held a conference on China’s long-term interests, aims and strategies in the region. more…

September 19, 2017

KAS/al-Nahrain conference in Baghdad

The Fight Against the Islamic State in Iraq After Mosul

The presence of IS cells in the liberated areas indicates already today that the organization will continue to destabilize Iraq as an insurgency group. Resulting challenges for the Iraqi state and society were discussed during a conference of KAS and the al-Nahrain Center on 13 September in Baghdad. more…

September 15, 2017

OTT/KAS conference in Erbil

Civil rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Kurdistan-Iraq

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is home to a large number of different ethnic and religious minorities. On 30 August 2017, Open Think Tank (OTT) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Syria/Iraq Office held a high-level conference in Erbil to discuss the application of the rights of these minorities. more…

September 8, 2017

KAS/MdF Policy Paper 13

The Significance of Southern Syria - The Elements and Trajectory of a Civil War

In their policy paper for KAS and Maison du Futur, Frederic Hof and Faysal Itani from the Atlantic Council explain the relevance of the Syrian south and argue that an Iranian dominance at the borders to Jordan and Israel could be the most likely outcome of the current conflict. more…

September 6, 2017

News Platform Syrian Voice

KAS supports establishment of independent media in Syria

In order to enhance the establishment of free media in Syria, KAS supported the NGO Syria Direct in the first half of 2017 in founding the news platform Syrian Voice. The website, which has more than 20,000 followers, features daily reporting of ten Syrian journalists from all parts of the country. more…

August 10, 2017

Reconstruction and Reconciliation

Path towards long term stability of Nineveh province post-IS

After the liberation of Mosul, the future of Nineveh province has become a pressing issue. Against this background, MERI, EWI and KAS in Maz 2017 invited local stakeholders and international experts to a workshop in Loosdrecht, the Netherlands. more…

June 10, 2017

Atlantic Council/KAS cooperation

Report of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq

The Task Force on the Future of Iraq was founded in 2016 by the Atlantic Council with the support of KAS to advice the US government on its future Iraq policy. In its final report, the task force advocates a long-term US engagement in Iraq with a focus on good governance and security sector reform. more…