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Personal histories of refugees bear witness of Syrian culture and society

KAS and Sharq continue documentation project and launch website

As the Syrian civil war prolongs into its 7th year, ever more Syrians are subject of internal displacement or flee the country for good. Spurred by external interventions, the Syrian conflict has split the country along ethnic and sectarian lines. Against this background, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office supports Sharq for Citizen Development in their continuous effort to record personal histories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey to perpetuate an account of culture and society in pre-war Syria. On 4 July, Sharq and KAS launched a multimedia website detailing some of these stories. more…

Event Reports | August 10, 2017

Path towards long term stability of Nineveh province post-IS

MERI, EWI and KAS hold workshop on reconstruction and reconciliation

Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) on 9 July 2017. With the expected territorial defeat of IS in all of Nineveh, the reconstruction and future political order of the province becomes a pressing issue. Prompt action is needed to ensure stabilisation, reconciliation and the return of IDPs. In May 2017, the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) and the EastWest Institute (EWI), supported by the KAS Syria/Iraq office, invited local stakeholders and international experts to a workshop on the future of Nineveh province to Loosdrecht, Netherlands. more…

Event Reports | August 4, 2017

Report on the future of Iraqi minorities in the liberated territories

IILHR and KAS officially launch report in the European Parliament

With the recent liberation of territory by Iraqi security forces from the so-called Islamic State (IS), the question about the future of the ethno-religious minorities in Iraq is pressing. Against this background, the Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR) with the support of KAS recently published its report “Crossroads: The future of Iraq’s minorities after ISIS” after several months of field research in Baghdad, Erbil and Dohuk. The report was officially launched at a conference in the European Parliament on 6 June that was hosted by MEPs Ana Gomes and Elmar Brok. more…

June 22, 2017

The Future Role of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq

KAS and Maison du Futur publish policy paper on the Shia militias in Iraq

The Shia militias of Iraq, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, have now been institutionalized as a permanent security force under the Iraqi state, and with upcoming elections, these militias are positioned to emerge as key political influencers. In her guest contribution published by KAS and Maison du Futur, Kari Frentzel examines the formation and composition of these militias and their ties to the Iraqi state, and argues that the Hashd will remain an autonomous actor that will exacerbate political tensions and increase Iranian influence in Iraqi politics in the post-ISIS period. more…

June 16, 2017

Report of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq

KAS-supported expert group recommends long-term US engagement in Iraq

With the prospect of a military defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, there is a need for a strategy for the stabilisation of Iraq in the future. Over the last year, the Task Force on the Future of Iraq, an expert group founded by the Atlantic Council with the support of KAS to advise the US administration, has developed policy recommendations for the future US policy in Iraq. In its report, the task force advocates a long-term approach in Iraq with a focus on good governance and continued support for Iraqi security forces. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | June 10, 2017