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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…

October 16, 2016

Future of US policy in the Middle East


The 2016 US presidential election will have direct consequences for the Middle East. The KAS Syria/Iraq Office and Maison du Futur hosted a panel discussion on 14 October 2016 to discuss scenarios of future US policies in Lebanon, Syrian and Iraq and their possible impact on these countries. more…

October 13, 2016

Report on the fate of the Yezidis

Sinjar two years after the catastrophe

Two years after the massacres committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against the Yezidis, the situation in their home region of Sinjar has not improved significantly. Several factors prevent a return of the Yezidis to Sinjar, argue resident representative Nils Wörmer and Laura Henselmann. more…

September 26, 2016

Rule of law in Kurdistan-Iraq

Training for staff of the Kurdish Prime Minister's office

After the successful completion of three workshops for Kurdish security forces in the first half of 2016, KAS and ETTC have continued their capacity building in the KRI. In early September, 15 high-level representatives of the Iraqi-Kurdish Prime Minister’s office underwent a rule of law training in Erbil. more…

September 8, 2016

New KAS partner in Iraq

KAS and the al-Nahrain Center in Baghdad sign MoU

The KAS Syria/Iraq office and the prestigious al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, an Iraqi Think Tank affiliated with the National Security Council, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their partnership. The MoU includes frequent cooperation on research, conferences and publications. more…