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Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society Movements in Iraq

Chatham House and KAS hold workshop for Iraqi activists

Since 2015, civil society movements have emerged in all regions of Iraq demanding comprehensive reforms in the realm of politics, rule of law and economy. Against this background, Chatham House and the KAS Syria/Iraq office hosted a closed-door workshop on 22 and 23 May 2017 in Beirut on the challenges, opportunities and future development of these movements. The workshop brought together 25 key civil society activists from all parts of Iraq and provided a platform for exchange of experiences and to coordinate efforts. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | May 30, 2017

Return and reintegration of Yazidi refugees in Sinjar

KAS and WEO host second workshop on opportunities and obstacles

Despite the liberation of Sinjar from ISIS in November 2015, thousands of Yazidi IDPs have yet to return to their home of Sinjar. In order to discuss the obstacles and potential solutions for the return of the Yazidis, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) held a conference entitled “Rule of Law Progress in Sinjar After the Liberation of the City” on 22 May 2017 in Erbil. This conference was a follow-up to a previous KAS and WEO conference on the situation in Sinjar, held in August 2016, and reviewed and addressed the recommendations presented then. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | May 24, 2017

The role of Imams in ethno-sectarian reconciliation

KAS and WEO host second conference on religious tolerance in Iraq

The atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State have revealed the devastating dimensions that religious intolerance can take. Imams play a significant role in furthering peaceful coexistence of different religious groups. Against this background, the Women Empowerment Organisation (WEO) and the KAS Syria/Iraq office held a workshop on “Religious Tolerance and Peace Education for Islamic Imams” on 15 May 2017 in Erbil. The conference is part of a long-term project of WEO and KAS aimed at ethno-sectarian reconciliation in Iraq. A first conference on the topic was held in November 2016. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | May 24, 2017

“The future of a whole region is at stake“

KAS Deputy Secretary General Dr Wahlers spends five days in Iraq

The so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq is under growing pressure after more than eight months of heavy fighting for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Therefore, the question on the future political situation of Iraq once again arises. In order to gain insight into the situation on the ground as well as the complex political, ethnic and religious conflicts within the country, the deputy Secretary General visited central Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for five days. more…

May 17, 2017

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