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Alternative Governance - The Involvement of Non-State Actors

KAS and Maison du Futur publish paper on Iraqi Reconstruction Process

With the Islamic State (ISIL) militarily defeated, Baghdad is now pushing for international assistance, including foreign investments and loans for its reconstruction process. Isadora Gotts, guest researcher at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Syria/Iraq Office, explores in this paper, published with Maison du Futur, the main obstacles to Iraq’s recovery and argues that a successful reconstruction process must take into account all actors that wield considerable influence on the national and local level, which in Iraq’s case include a variety of Non-State Armed Groups. more…

June 28, 2018

KAS and WRO Support Reconciliation in Ninawah

Workshops on Conflict Resolution and Mediator Trainings in Bashiqa

Ninawah region in Iraq has always been ethnically, culturally and religiously diverse. However, the region has suffered severely from the occupation of ISIL in 2014. Diverse communities have been torn apart, with the build-up of significant mistrust leading to more ethnic and religious conflicts. In this context, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office, together with the Women Rehabilitation Organisation (WRO), launched a ten-month program in Bashiqa, Ninawah province, which aims to enhance awareness, enforce community participation and stimulate peaceful co-existence in the region. more…

Event Reports | June 28, 2018

Iraq Leadership Fellows: Class of 2017/2018 Completes Training

KAS and IRIS hold final Advocacy Training for young Iraqi leaders

Given the complicated social and political landscape in Iraq – especially considering the divide between Iraqi-Kurdistan and Central Iraq – it is essential to thoroughly train the future generation of Iraqi leaders. This includes gaining the ability of working together along the lines of different ethnic and religious affiliations. In cooperation with the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the American University of Sulaymaniyah, and the GPD Charitable Trust, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office held the third and final training of the Iraq Leadership Fellows Program (ILF). more…

Event Reports | June 28, 2018

Dialogue for Kurdish and Shia Decision-Makers in Iraq

KAS and MERI create multi-ethnic platform in Najaf

The Kurdish referendum for independence of September 2017 increased tensions between the Kurdish and Shiite populations of Iraq. As peace in Iraq depends on the ability of the country’s different social groups to cooperate, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized a two-day exchange between political and religious leaders of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and the Shiite religious center of Najaf. On February 28 and March 01, 2018, a Kurdish delegation travelled to Najaf to establish a dialogue to prevent future conflict. more…

Event Reports | June 5, 2018

Moscow’s Flexible Alliances in the Middle East - Opportunities and Constraints

KAS and Al Bayan Center publish paper on Russia's Relations with post-Saddam Iraq

Russia has been seeking a more robust relationship with Iraq since the so-called Arab Spring started in 2011, eager to build on the remnants of what was once a strong Soviet-Iraqi alliance during the Cold War. The Kremlin’s appetite for courting Iraq has been driven by security considerations, shrewd economic interest, as well as the desire to seek status in the wider region. Hanna Notte - an expert on Russia and the Middle East - analyzes the successes and obstacles to a Russian-Iraqi relationship in her latest publication with KAS and the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies. more…

June 5, 2018