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May 17, 2017


“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…

March 14, 2017

KAS and IRIS hold high-level conference

Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflicts, Towards Durable Solutions

From 8 to 9 March 2017, the KAS Syira/Iraq office and the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) held the annual Sulaimani Forum, entitled “Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflicts, Towards Durable Solutions”. The inaugural address was given by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. more…

March 13, 2017

Future challenges in Iraq

Roderich Kiesewetter visits Kurdistan Region of Iraq

From 2 to 4 March, KAS hosted CDU Member of Parliament Roderich Kiesewetter in Northern Iraq. The visit focused on the security and political challenges in Iraq after the territorial defeat of the so-called Islamic State and the future of the German military support for the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. more…

February 2, 2017

KAS/MdF Policy Paper 8

Russia's Strategy in the Syrian Civil War

In her guest contribution, published by KAS and Maison du Futur, Hanna Notte argues that, contrary to popular beliefs, Russia’s strategy and fundamental interests in Syria have been remarkably consistent and rational over the past six years. more…

January 31, 2017

Future of German-Iraqi relations

Iraqi delegation from Baghdad visits Hamburg and Berlin

Since 2014, Germany is actively engaged in Iraq. Against this background, the Syria/Iraq Office and the Domestic Programmes Team for the first time invited a delegation of Iraqi government representatives, members of parliament and think tankers to Germany for a high-level dialogue programme. more…

November 17, 2016

OTT/KAS conference

The IDP and Refugee Crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

On 17-18 November 2016, OTT and KAS held a conference on the approaches of policy makers, civil society representatives and media towards the IDP and refugee crisis in the KRI. The situation of the refugees and IDPs in the region, as well as possible solutions were discussed. more…

November 9, 2016

MdF/KAS Policy Paper

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East after Trump's Election

Donald Trump’s election could fundamentally alter U.S. foreign policy. With regard to the Middle East, Charles Dunne argues in his guest contribution paper that Trump’s future policies are still alarmingly unclear, but might have devastating consequences for Syria and Iraq. more…

November 1, 2016

annual meri forum

Challenges and Opportunities for a Post-ISIS Iraq

The Middle East Research Institute (MERI) with the support from KAS hosted its annual high-level forum in Erbil from 25 to 27 October 2016. The conference dealt with the economic and political situation in Iraq and perspectives for the time after the defeat of the so-called Islamic State. more…