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The Significance of Southern Syria - The Elements and Trajectory of a Civil War

KAS and MdF publish Policy Paper on future scenarios in the region

In spite of its geostrategic significance, the south of Syria has received less media and political attention than the rest of the war-torn country. In their policy paper for KAS and Maison du Futur, Frederic Hof and Faysal Itani from the Atlantic Council explain the relevance of the Syrian south for all actors involved. The two authors compare three possible scenarios for the future of the region and argue that an Iranian dominance at the borders to Jordan and Israel could be the most likely outcome of the current conflict. more…

September 7, 2017

KAS supports establishment of independent media in Syria

Syria/Iraq Office and Syria Direct found news platform Syrian Voice

Out of 180 countries, Syria has ranked 177 in the latest World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders. In order to enhance the establishment of a free media landscape in the country, the KAS Syria/Iraq office has supported the NGO Syria Direct in the first half of 2017 in founding the news platform Syrian Voice. The website, which by now has more than 20,000 followers on Facebook, features reporting of ten Syrian journalists from all parts of the country. Since mid-August, KAS and Syria Direct are implementing another project to further citizen journalism in southern Syria. more…

Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty | Event Reports | September 5, 2017

Personal histories of refugees bear witness of Syrian culture and society

KAS and Sharq continue documentation project and launch website

As the Syrian civil war prolongs into its 7th year, ever more Syrians are subject of internal displacement or flee the country for good. Spurred by external interventions, the Syrian conflict has split the country along ethnic and sectarian lines. Against this background, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office supports Sharq for Citizen Development in their continuous effort to record personal histories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey to perpetuate an account of culture and society in pre-war Syria. On 4 July, Sharq and KAS launched a multimedia website detailing some of these stories. more…

Event Reports | August 10, 2017

Path towards long term stability of Nineveh province post-IS

MERI, EWI and KAS hold workshop on reconstruction and reconciliation

Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) on 9 July 2017. With the expected territorial defeat of IS in all of Nineveh, the reconstruction and future political order of the province becomes a pressing issue. Prompt action is needed to ensure stabilisation, reconciliation and the return of IDPs. In May 2017, the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) and the EastWest Institute (EWI), supported by the KAS Syria/Iraq office, invited local stakeholders and international experts to a workshop on the future of Nineveh province to Loosdrecht, Netherlands. more…

Event Reports | August 4, 2017

Report on the future of Iraqi minorities in the liberated territories

IILHR and KAS officially launch report in the European Parliament

With the recent liberation of territory by Iraqi security forces from the so-called Islamic State (IS), the question about the future of the ethno-religious minorities in Iraq is pressing. Against this background, the Institute for International Law and Human Rights (IILHR) with the support of KAS recently published its report “Crossroads: The future of Iraq’s minorities after ISIS” after several months of field research in Baghdad, Erbil and Dohuk. The report was officially launched at a conference in the European Parliament on 6 June that was hosted by MEPs Ana Gomes and Elmar Brok. more…

June 22, 2017