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Turkey's Foreign Policy in Syria: Towards "Neo-Ottoman Realpolitik"

KAS and al-Nahrain Center publish policy paper on Ankara's role in the conflict

Turkey has been one of the main external actors in the Syrian civil war from the beginning. While Ankara supported a regime-change from 2011 onwards, the country seems to have largely abandoned this goal in the course of 2016 and is now predominantly focused on the conflict with the Syrian Kurds. In his guest contribution for the al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies and the KAS Syria/Iraq office, Tim Manhoff argues that Turkey's policy change signifies a shift from "Neo-Ottoman Adventurism" to "Neo-Ottoman Realpolitik". more…

December 3, 2017

German Stabilization Efforts in the Middle East - A Review

KAS hosts workshop on challenges and opportunities of German policy in the region

After the liberation of Raqqa and Mosul, the Islamic State (IS) is on the verge of a military defeat. However, the challenges in the Middle East, which still hosts around 15 million refugees, in the post-IS phase remain enormous. Against this background, the KAS Syria/Iraq office hosted a high-level workshop in Cadenabbia, Italy, to discuss challenges of opportunities of German stabilization efforts in the region. more…

Event Reports | November 16, 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

Toward Economic Recovery and Food Security in Post-ISIL Iraq

KAS and IRIS publish study about Iraq's future perspectives after the fall of ISIL

In Iraq, the recent war against the Islamic States (ISIL) resulted in massive food insecurity, and profoundly affected the food system’s infrastructure. Sarah Mathieu-Comtoi, in cooperation with the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) of the American University of Sulaymaniyah and the KAS Syria/Iraq Office, addresses current food insecurity in multiple post-ISIL towns in Iraq through the lens of economic recovery. She shows that these factors are mutually essential in Iraq, and that together they form the backbone of long-term post-conflict stability. more…

November 1, 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