Publications

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Preserving a History of Diversity in Times of Conflict

KAS and Sharq collect oral histories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

As the concern for the basic needs dominates the life of the millions of Syrian refugees that have left Syria since the beginning of the war, the preservation of identity, traditions and history are often overlooked when survival and finding safety become a priority. A project funded by the KAS Syria/Iraq office and implemented by Sharq for Citizen Development aims to gather, collect, present and thus preserve the stories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The project started in January 2016 and its results will be presented at the beginning of 2017. more…

November 23, 2016

IDP and Refugee Crises in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

OTT AND KAS HOLD A CONFERENCE ON THE APPROACHES TOWARDS THE REFUGEE CRISES

Over the past several years, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has experienced a massive influx of both Syrian refugees and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs). This humanitarian crisis has exacerbated the financial and political problems of the Kurdistan region. In order to discuss the different approaches regarding the refugee and IDP crisis in the KRI, Open Think Tank (OTT) and the KAS Syria/Iraq office held a conference featuring more than a dozen high-ranking policy makers, civil society members, and the media on 17-18 November 2016 in Dohuk. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | November 17, 2016

Inter-Religious Dialogue and Co-existence in the KRI

WEO AND KAS HOLD A CONFERENCE ON COEXISTENCE AND PEACE AMONG MINORITIES

The mosaic of different religious, sectarian and ethnic minorities has always been a characteristic feature of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. However, their coexistence has been threatened by the rise of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its extremist ideology. To discuss ways to reach renewed and improved methods of coexistence in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) and the KAS Syria/Iraq Office held a conference with more than a dozen religious and political leaders for a conference on 3rd November 2016 in Erbil. more…

Event Reports | November 9, 2016

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East after Trump's Election

POLICY PAPER ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ELECTION FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Donald Trump's election as the new US President could fundamentally alter US foreign policy in the Middle East. In a policy paper published in October 2016 by the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and Maison du Futur, Charles Dunne of the Middle East Institute argues that the future policies of President Trump towards the region are still alarmingly unclear, but might have devastating consequences for the countries like Syria and Iraq. more…

November 9, 2016

Challenges and Opportunities for a Post-ISIS Iraq

KAS SUPPORTS ANNUAL MERI FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF IRAQ

With the beginning of the Mosul offensive, the discussion surrounding the future of a post-ISIS Iraq has increased. While much of the debate is centered on the security situation, plans regarding the future governance of Iraq and relations between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government need to be addressed. It is in this vein that the Middle East Research Institute (MERI), with the support of KAS, hosted its annual high-level three-day forum in Erbil titled “The Future of the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities" from 25 to 27 October. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | November 1, 2016