Event Reports

Straddling Between Society and State in the Middle East

KAS AND THE BROOKINGS DOHA CENTER HOLD A WORKSHOP ON NON-STATE ACTORS AND THE SEARCH FOR EQUILIBRIUM IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

On October 8th and 9th, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Brookings Doha Center organized a workshop in order to better understand the evolvement of non-state actors, learn how competing power dynamics impact life on the ground, and discuss how both politics and civil society can cope with the resulting challenges to security and social cohesion in the Middle East. Taking place under Chatham-House rules, the workshop was attended by officials and civil society representatives from various Middle Eastern countries and researchers from regional, European and American think tanks. more…

October 12, 2018

Minority Representation in the KRI

OPEN THINK TANK AND KAS HOLD CONFERENCE IN ERBIL ON POLITICAL REPRESENTATION

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is home not only to Kurds but also to various ethnic and religious minorities. To date, eleven seats are reserved to Assyrian-Chaldeans, Turkmens and Armenians out of the 111 seats constituting the Kurdistan Parliament. Other minorities are not included in this quota system. With the upcoming regional elections in the KRI, Yazidis and other minorities pushed for a better representation in the parliament. To discuss this, Open Think Tank (OTT) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office held a conference in Erbil on August 16, 2018. more…

Laure-Maïssa Fargelat, Jessy Daccache | August 24, 2018

ICG publishes KAS-supported study on South Syria

PAPER AIMS AT CONTRIBUTING TO PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT IN SOUTHERN SYRIA

In July 2017, Russia as the most important backer of the Syrian Assad-regime, the United States and Jordan agreed on establishing a de-escalation” in Southern Syria in the Daraa and Quneitra governorates. The ceasefire agreement that has protected south-western Syria for nearly a year is in danger of collapse. Having retaken the last opposition enclaves in greater Damascus and outside Homs, Syrian regime forces are turning south. A military confrontation could have grave implications for the area and lead to a dangerous regional escalation. more…

August 7, 2018

Reintegration and Deradicalization of ISIL Victims

KAS and Yahad in Unum Support Traumatized Yazidis in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Sinjar region in the north of Iraq was one of the main theaters of the atrocities committed bythe Islamic State (ISIL). It was there that ISIL committed genocide against the country’s Yezidi population after occupying the territory around the Sinjar Mountains in August 2014. While most residents have left the region, many internally displaced have been returning home since the Peshmerga freed it a year later. 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…

June 28, 2018


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