ICG publishes KAS-supported study on South Syria


In July 2017, Russia as the most important backer of the Syrian Assad-regime, the United States and Jordan agreed on establishing a de-escalation” in Southern Syria in the Daraa and Quneitra governorates. The ceasefire agreement that has protected south-western Syria for nearly a year is in danger of collapse. Having retaken the last opposition enclaves in greater Damascus and outside Homs, Syrian regime forces are turning south. A military confrontation could have grave implications for the area and lead to a dangerous regional escalation. more…

Event Reports | August 7, 2018

Lebanon and the Return of the Displaced Syrians

Problematics and Scenarios Towards a State Approach

With Lebanon being the country that took in the most Syrian refugees per capita since 2011, this paper discusses the arrangements for the return of the displaced Syrians, defining the roles and responsibilities of Lebanon and the international community, and hoping to contribute to framing general national policies on the subject. In this joint publication of the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Issam Fares Institute, the author, Ziad El-Sayegh, explores Lebanon’s concerns with the preparation of a voluntary, dignified and safe return. more…

August 1, 2018

From Jabhat al-Nusra to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham

KAS and Nahrain Center publish paper on the evolution and approach of HTS

In this joint publication of the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi writes on the history and evolution of the group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, beginning from its formation as the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, to Jabhat Fatah al- Sham and, finally, the present form of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham. Based on testimonies from high-ranking operatives, the article discusses the complex relationship of Jabhat al-Nusra, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham to al-Qaeda during the transformation and rebranding process. more…

June 29, 2018

Reintegration and Deradicalization of ISIL Victims

KAS and Yahad in Unum Support Traumatized Yazidis in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Sinjar region in the north of Iraq was one of the main theaters of the atrocities committed bythe Islamic State (ISIL). It was there that ISIL committed genocide against the country’s Yezidi population after occupying the territory around the Sinjar Mountains in August 2014. While most residents have left the region, many internally displaced have been returning home since the Peshmerga freed it a year later. more…

Event Reports | June 28, 2018

Alternative Governance - The Involvement of Non-State Actors

KAS and Maison du Futur publish paper on Iraqi Reconstruction Process

With the Islamic State (ISIL) militarily defeated, Baghdad is now pushing for international assistance, including foreign investments and loans for its reconstruction process. Isadora Gotts, guest researcher at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Syria/Iraq Office, explores in this paper, published with Maison du Futur, the main obstacles to Iraq’s recovery and argues that a successful reconstruction process must take into account all actors that wield considerable influence on the national and local level, which in Iraq’s case include a variety of Non-State Armed Groups. more…

June 28, 2018