Publications

The Shiite Clergy in Iraq After Sistani - Growing Iranian Influence?

KAS and MDF publish research paper on Iran's religious Influence in Iraq

In times of increasing competition for regional power between Iran and Saudi Arabia, it is relevant to determine each party's sphere of influence in the Middle East. In her research paper for KAS and Maison du Futur, Laura Henselmann thoroughly analyzes the ideological and political influence, Iran has on Iraq, a country that offers a preferred playground for Iran with its proximity and majority Shiite population. However, Iran seems to overrate its religious significance. Hence, the paper clearly highlights the limitations of Iran's influence over the Iraqi Shiite religious establishment. more…

December 12, 2017

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