Publications

KAS and IRIS launch Iraq Leadership Fellows Program

First advocacy training for young Iraqi activists held in Beirut

In cooperation with the Institute for Regional and International Studies from the American University of Sulaymaniyah, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office launched a Leadership Fellows Program for Iraqi actors of media, politics and civil society. Participants of the cohorts receive three trainings a year on leadership skills, democratic participation and political responsibility. The program launched in Beirut on October 24-25 with the first intake of 22 young Iraqis coming from various regions, including Kurdistan-Iraq. more…

Event Reports | November 14, 2017

Promoting Common Ground between Syrian and Lebanese Youth

Ad 4 Peace and KAS hold workshops on democratic and human rights

The war in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis have caused a palpable tension between the refugees and the host communities in most countries affected by the ongoing violence in Syria, including Lebanon. To foster a sense of comradery and common ground between the host community and the refugees in the face of rising unease, the Lebanese NGO Ad 4 Peace – with the support of KAS – provided workshops in September and October for young Lebanese and Syrians on political participation. more…

Event Reports | October 31, 2017

Tackle the problems at their roots – with the help of the UN

High-ranking Iraqi delegation from Baghdad and Erbil visits New York on KAS invitation more…

Magdalena Jetschgo | Event Reports | October 30, 2017

Basra: Opportunities and obstacles for sustainable economic growth

KAS and Basra University hold conference on economic diversification

Basra is the second biggest city in Iraq, holds a majority of Iraqi crude oil reserves and is known as the gate to Iraq due to its maritime ports. At the same time, Basra and the south of Iraq are suffering from low economic growth rates and poverty. On October 8 and 9, the KAS Regional Programme for Energy Security and Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Arab Gulf Research Center of the University of Basra held a conference about the opportunities and obstacles for sustainable economic growth in the province. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | October 16, 2017

China’s Expanding Influence in the Middle East

KAS and IFI hold conference on Beijing's interests, aims and strategies

The last decade has seen an increasing economic and political involvement of the People’s Republic of China in the Middle East. China’s push to the west has become most visible through its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, in which the region plays a pivotal role and that aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa. On 28 September, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Issam Fares Institute (IFI) held a conference in Beirut titled “China’s Expanding Influence in the Middle East – Trade, Energy, Security and Multipolarity” to discuss China’s long-term interests, aims and strategies in the region. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | October 13, 2017