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Russia in Syria: Domestic Drivers and Regional Implications

KAS and Maison du Futur publish policy paper on Russia’s role in Syria

Over the past year, Russia has become an increasingly pivotal player in the Syrian war and, by extension, in the broader Middle East. Amidst the noise Russia’s impact in Syria has caused, the underlying drivers of its strategy – domestic, security and ideological – remain too often ignored. As a result, Russian decisions regarding Syria often seemed unpredictable and irrational to observers. However, Hanna Notte argues in her guest contribution, published by KAS and Maison du Futur, Russia’s strategy and fundamental interests in Syria have been remarkably consistent over the past six years. more…

January 31, 2017

Iraqi delegation from Baghdad visits Hamburg and Berlin

KAS hosts high-level dialogue programme on German-Iraqi cooperation

The German-Iraqi relations have since 2014 entered into a new phase. Germany is one of the biggest donor countries of Iraq and is engaged militarily in the fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). Moreover, by co-chairing the task force on stabilisation of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Germany actively contributes to the reconstruction of Iraq. Against this background, the Syria/Iraq Office and the Domestic Programmes Team for the first time invited a delegation of Iraqi government representatives, members of parliament and think tankers to Germany. more…

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

Post-ISIS Syria and Iraq: Envisioning a Stable and Sustainable Regional Order

KAS and EastWest hold workshop on challgenges in the Middle East

The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has suffered substantial territorial and military losses in Syria and Iraq in the course of 2016. However, many of the underlying problems that have led to the advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq have not been solved. From 13 November to 16 November 2016, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the EastWest Institute convened an expert workshop in Cadenabbia, Italy, to discuss ways to tackle the challenges in the region and to stabilise Syria and Iraq in the future. It was attended by experts from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe and the United States. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | December 14, 2016

Programme for Training Syrian Journalists in Amman

KAS and Syria Direct organise training programme for young Syrian Journalists

Access to reliable, well-researched information is crucial to any functioning civil society, even more so in countries plagued by conflicts and war. The work of journalists in this context is as complicated as it is important, and upholding the principles of good journalism while reporting from conflict zones is a major challenge. From September until November 2016, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and its partner Syria Direct held a workshop for 12 Syrian journalists between the ages of 21 and 26 in Amman, Jordan, in order to train them in the fundamentals of independent journalism. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | December 8, 2016

Promoting Freedom of Religion and Belief in Iraq


With its mosaic of more than 18 religious and ethnic minorities, Iraq is unique in the Middle East. However, many of these minorities only enjoy no or only limited own rights, some are restricted in performing their rituals and traditions. In November 2016, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and its partner Masarat conducted a series of workshops in Bagdad, Basra and Sulaymaniyah aiming at drafting a bill on freedom of religion and belief in Iraq. more…

December 1, 2016