News

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…

May 17, 2017

Iraq

“The future of a whole region is at stake“

With the expected military defeat of the Islamic State, questions about the future of Iraq are again on the agenda. In order to gain insight into the situation on the ground, KAS Deputy Secretary General Dr. Gerhard Wahlers visited central Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for five days. more…

April 12, 2017

Future challenges in Iraq

MP Tobias Zech visits Baghdad, Erbil and Sinjar

From 5 to 10 April, KAS hosted CSU-parliamentarian Tobias Zech in Baghdad and in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Zech was one of the first German politicians to visit the almost completely destroyed Yazidi city of Sinjar, which was liberated by Kurdish Peshemerga in late 2015. more…

March 28, 2017

KAS and IFI hold two-day conference

The Future of IS Provinces and Affiliates: Survival or Decline?

On 21 and 22 March, the Syria/Iraq office and the Issam Fares Institute organised a two day conference on the future of the IS provinces and affiliates after a military defeat of the core organization in Syria and Iraq. The conference brought together international experts from 14 countries. more…