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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…

August 26, 2016

Article on the fight against ISIS

Fighting the symptoms

The so-called Islamic State has come under pressure on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. However, resident representative Nils Wörmer and Lucas Lamberty of the Syria/Iraq office argue in the latest edition of KAS International Reports that the terrorist organisation is far from being defeated. more…

August 26, 2016

KAS hosts conference in Erbil

Sinjar: Opportunities for a return of Yazidi refugees

Two years ago, the shocking images of the atrocities committed against the Yazidis by ISIS terrified the world. The liberation of Sinjar has raised hopes for an imminent return. The conference held in Erbil on 22 August 2016 dealt with the obstacles and possibilities for a reintegration of the Yazidis in Sinjar. more…

August 11, 2016
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Nils Wörmer on the war against ISIS

"Russia and the US need to find a solution for Syria this summer"

To defeat ISIS, there is a need for stable and legitimate governments in Syria and Iraq, says resident representative Nils Wörmer on Especially the war in Syria needs to be stopped. Russia and the US are currently in talks on Syria, but due to the upcoming US elections, time is running out.

May 24, 2016

Refugee crisis and humanitarian relief

German MPs visit Kurdistan-Iraq and Lebanon

More than one million refugees have found their way to Germany, posing unprecedented challenges for the Federal Republic. In order to learn about the root causes of migration, the Syria/Iraq office hosted the CDU parliamentarians Karin Maag and Peter Weiß from 16 May to 20 May 2016 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Lebanon. more…