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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


“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…