Event Reports

ICG publishes KAS-supported study on South 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

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…

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…

June 5, 2018

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.