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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

Federalism and Decentralisation in Iraq: Challenges and Reforms

KAS, Atlantic Council and IRIS hold a high-level workshop in Beirut

For years, the imbalanced federal system of Iraq has inhibited the efficient and effective governance of the country. After the military defeat of the Islamic State and in light of the Kurdish independence referendum, Iraqi federalism is in need of reform to ensure the future stability of Iraq. On 28 and 29 January, the KAS Syria/Iraq office, the Atlantic Council and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) in Sulaymaniyah held a workshop in Beirut on federalism with high-level representatives of the Iraqi government, Iraqi Members of Parliament and international experts. more…

Event Reports | January 31, 2018

Iraq at a Crossroads – Political Consolidation or Further Disintegration?

KAS and MEIRSS hold a panel discussion on the upcoming Iraqi elections

On December 9, 2017, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the military victory over the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq. However, the political fragmentation of the country as well as the conflict between the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government are still adding to the instability of the country. On January 29, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS) held a panel discussion in Beirut on the political situation in Iraq and the upcoming elections in May 2018. more…

Event Reports | January 31, 2018