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Implications of the US election 2016 for the Middle East

Panel discussion ON scenarios of future US POLICIES in the region

The 2016 US presidential election will have direct consequences for the Middle East and will determine the future US relations with the region. The KAS Syria/Iraq Office and Maison du Futur hosted a conference on 14 October 2016 in Bikfaya to discuss the possible impacts of the controversial US presidential election on Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. The conference brought together experts from various countries in the region and included the presentation of a policy paper published by KAS and Maison du Futur on the implications of the US elections for the Middle East. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | October 16, 2016

Sinjar, Two Years after the Catastrophe


Two years after the massacres committed by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against the Yezidis, the situation in their home region of Sinjar has not improved significantly. more…

Nils Wörmer, Laura Henselmann | Country Reports | October 13, 2016

Rule of law training for staff of Kurdish Prime Minister’s office

KAS and ETTC continue successful workshop series for Kurdish officials

The KAS Syria/Iraq office and the European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC) conducted a rule of law workshop for 15 high-level representatives from the Iraqi-Kurdish Prime Minister’s office from 4 September to 8 September in Erbil. The five-day event was aimed at training the participants in the significance of rule of law as well as cross-cultural communication and negotiation. After the successful completion of the rule of law workshop for Kurdish security forces in the first half of 2016, the workshop signified a second step in the training series for Kurdish officials. more…

Lucas Lamberty, Nils Wörmer | Event Reports | September 23, 2016

KAS and Iraqi al-Nahrain Center in Baghdad deepen partnership

Increased cooperation on research, conferences and publications

The KAS Syria/Iraq office and the prestigious al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies, an Iraqi think tank affiliated with the National Security Council, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their partnership. The MoU includes a commitment to frequent cooperation on research, conferences and publications. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | September 8, 2016

Fighting the Symptoms: Why there is a long way to defeat the so-called IS

Article by the Syria/Iraq office on the fight against the Islamic State

The so-called Islamic State (IS) has come under pressure on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq. However, the offensives for the reconquest of IS strongholds have proven difficult. Instead, IS has been able to establish itself in various countries in the region and the threat of terrorist attacks in Europe remains high. The international community is fighting the symptoms of IS. Meanwhile, the reasons and causes of the rapid rise to power of the terrorist organisation persist. more…

August 26, 2016