Publications

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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

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