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Consequences of the Brexit for the Middle East

KAS and al-Bayan Center host panel discussion in Baghdad

By triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon at the end of March, British Prime Minister Theresa May has officially initiated the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Against this background, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies hosted a panel discussion on 6 April 2017 in Baghdad that dealt with the possible consequences of the Brexit for Europe and for European foreign policy in the Middle East. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | April 19, 2017

Tobias Zech visits Baghdad, Erbil and Sinjar

CSU-parliamentarian learns about the challenges in Iraq

From 5 to 10 April, the KAS Syria/Iraq office hosted CSU-parliamentarian Tobias Zech in Baghdad and in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Besides political talks in Baghdad and Erbil, the programme also included a visit of the city of Sinjar in Northern Iraq. Sinjar was captured by the so-called Islamic State (IS) in 2014 and was liberated in late 2015. Zech was one of the first German politicians to visit the completely destroyed Yezidi city since its liberation. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | April 12, 2017

The Need for Security Sector Reform in Syria

KAS and Omran Center hold experts meeting in Beirut

Syria’s security services under the Assad regime are designed to protect the regime at all costs, and have also violated citizens’ rights and have created a culture of fear in Syria. In light of the continuing war and the perpetration of abuses by the security services, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and its partner, the Omran Center for Strategic Studies, held a closed-door experts meeting in March 2017 in Beirut with various experts aimed at drafting a series of reports and recommendations on reforming Syria’s security sector. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | March 31, 2017

The Future of IS Provinces and Affiliates: Survival or Decline?

KAS and IFI hold conference on threat potential of IS provinces

The ideology of the so-called Islamic State (IS) has, from the outset, included a clear message of territorial expansion and worldwide domination. In 2014 and 2015, IS declared a total of 20 new provinces. However, with the imminent military defeat of the core of IS in Iraq and Syria, the future of the IS branches, provinces and affiliates seems unclear. To discuss these post-IS scenarios, the Syria/Iraq office and the Issam Fares Instituteorganised a two day conference on 21 and 22 March 2017. The conference brought together international experts, academics and researchers from 14 countries. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | March 28, 2017

Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflicts, Towards Durable Solutions


From 8 to 9 March 2017, the KAS Syira/Iraq office and the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), held the annual Sulaimani Forum, entitled “Beyond Daesh: Ending the Cycle of Conflicts, Towards Durable Solutions.” The forum was attended by many high-ranking Iraqi and Kurdish officials, most notably the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who came directly from the Mosul offensive to the forum. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | March 14, 2017