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Challenges to the Socioeconomic Development and Stability in Iraq

Workshop on political economy and soecioeconomic development in Iraq

In recent years, Iraq has faced severe challenges on its path to political and economic consolidation. Most prominently, the Islamic State has devastated large parts of the country and drawn Iraq into a war that has resulted in millions of refugees, displaced persons and destroyed economies. On March 7th and 8th, 2018 the KAS Syria/Iraq office, the Atlantic Council and Al-Nahrain Center held a workshop in Baghdad to discuss the political economy and socioeconomic development in Iraq. more…

Event Reports | March 8, 2018

Decision-makers from Baghdad visit Berlin

Iraqi delegation discusses the future of German engagement in Iraq

In December 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi officially declared the military defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq. Nevertheless, the organization continues to threaten the stability of the country with terror attacks. The mandate of the German army training mission in Erbil will expire in late April 2018. From 27 February to 2 March, an Iraqi delegation visited Berlin on invitation of KAS and discussed the future of the German support for the country. Moreover, the talks focused on the looming conflict between Baghdad and Erbil and the upcoming general elections in Iraq. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | March 8, 2018

KAS and IRIS Hold Second Iraq Leadership Fellows’ Training

Second advocacy training for young Iraqi leaders held in Sulaymaniyah

In cooperation with the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the American University of Sulaymaniyah, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office held the second training of the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program for actors of media, politics and civil society from various regions of Iraq, including Kurdistan. Participants of the 2017-2018 cohort received their first advocacy training in Beirut in October 2017. The second training was conducted between March 5 and March 7 in Sulaymaniyah, and centered on advanced advocacy tools, strategy formulation, as well as on mobilization narratives. more…

Event Reports | March 7, 2018

A New Demographic Reality: The Ethno-Sectarian Reshuffle in Syria


Seven years into the civil war, Syria has changed dramatically: Cities and economies lay in ruins, over five million people fled the country and more than six million Syrians are internally displaced. Moreover, various actors are seeking to reshuffle Syrian demography according to their own strategic goals and create dependencies on the ground that provide them with influence over the country. On 20 February 2018, KAS in cooperation with Maison du Futur organized a conference in Beirut in order to shed light on this new demographic reality and to discuss its potential impact on Syria. more…

Event Reports | February 27, 2018

Community Reporting and Independent Media in Syria

Syria Direct and KAS conduct country wide trainings for citizen journalists

While Syria has experienced an unprecedented extent of violence over the course of the last years, the civil war has also spurred the establishment of citizen journalists all over the country. These journalists report independently and critically about developments on the ground in their communities. In order to support the nascent independent media landscape in Syria, KAS and Syria Direct in 2017 provided trainings for citizen journalists in Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, the South and the predominantly Kurdish areas in the North. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | January 31, 2018