European and International Cooperation

Asia and the Pacific

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung runs 20 offices within the Asia Pacific region today. Next to country projects and activities that foster regional integration, there are four sector programs which operate in the whole Asia Pacific region. Hence the foundation is present in almost every Asian country. In the region the foundation collaborates with local and national partners from politics, the civil society, the business sector, academia and the media.

Northeast Asia

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung runs two offices in China. The office in Beijing was opened in 1996 and primarily deals with the German/European-Chinese relationships. The office furthermore actively supports the dialogue between German, European and Chinese politicians and experts concerning societal questions. The work of the office in Shanghai, which was opened in 2001, focuses on environmental and economic issues. In addition the foundation regularly awards scholarships to young Chinese professionals in order to give them the opportunity to study in Germany or for further education in China.

The office in Seoul / Korea is increasingly concentrating its efforts on the topic of foreign and security policy. With its efforts the office supports the debate about the possibilities for a Northeast-Asian security architecture. Still the office also deals with the inner-Korean division and harmonization and offers advice on the topic.

In Mongolia, where the office is situated in the capital Ulan Bator, the foundation contributes to the process of decentralization and runs many activities – within the capital and especially within the provinces – that aim to strengthen local self-government. As a cross-cutting issues across all the topics the office deals with, the office actively supports the further strengthening of women and their role within politics and civil the society.

The KAS Office in Japan focuses on the exchange on foreign and security policy as well as economic policy. Through conferences and roundtables joint recommendations on how to deal with common challenges such as demographic change, energy transition, and energy security are being formulated.

The regional program Social and Economic Governance Asia, which is located in Tokyo / Japan, contributes to the debate about economic governance models in Asia. In particular the German model of the Social Market Economy is brought into the discussions. With its regional approach, the program particularly tries to foster the exchange and networking of Asian economists and politicians.

South Asia

Since 1960 Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is accompanying India´s political, social and economic change. Our projects are focusing on strategic dialogues on economic and security affairs. This shows the increase in importance that the largest democracy of the world has achieved due to being for example member of the BRICS and the G20. At the same time KAS is supporting the political exchange, which is especially important in the period of elections in 2014. KAS furthermore looks forward to enlarging its rule of law-commitment in India.

Since the 2000s we support the efforts in the context of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to strengthen regional cooperation. In 2008 KAS, in collaboration with regional organizations, has paved the way to the establishment of the Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT)] which led to a close partnership between both organizations. COSATT focuses on academic, non-state and political initiatives to strengthen the weak regional cooperation in South Asia. The main partner of KAS is the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) situated in Katmandu/Nepal.

In South Asia KAS is as well present in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan we support the political reform process with regional and national partners in the decade of transformation (2015-2024). We therefore provide civic political education and help to improve the quality of journalism while cooperating with the Afghan Foreign Ministry in training young diplomats. In Pakistan the main focus are political dialogues with present and future decision makers. A priority is currently given to the civil-military relations. KAS also cooperates with numerous think tanks on foreign and security politics, especially emphasizing nuclear security and regional collaboration. A regular platform is provided for Afghan and Pakistani representatives from politics, civil society and media in order to strengthen the dialogue between the two bordering countries.

Central Asia

KAS is present in the region since the early days after the five Central Asian republics have gained independence. Today the KAS has offices in Kazakhstan and a regional project located in Tashkent/Uzbekistan. In all five countries we have a portfolio consisting of the support of media, human rights and political decentralization. We put a special emphasis on younger generations and future decision makers. KAS also holds cross-border conferences to support the regional cooperation in Central Asia, at the moment especially on the topics of resource and energy security.

Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia the KAS is represented with eight country offices.

Taking into account the political, economic and social challenges in these co untries and the continuous integration process of the ASEAN-Union, the KAS defined its focus and priorities for its work in the region. With its activities KAS supports national parliaments and parties, in order to help them to fulfil their role as a representation of the people.

In this regard KAS supports the formation of program based political parties and the development of a modern party law in the Philippines. After the general elections in 2014 in Indonesia the KAS runs cross-party courses for newly elected female representatives. With this training they will be strengthened in their new role as members of Parliament. In East Timor the KAS cooperates with two center-right-parties.

Within the framework of political education the KAS in Thailand focuses especially on the rural population. With training courses particularly for the younger population KAS aims to provide the fundamental knowledge of participatory democracy. Strategic and security challenges are on the rise in Southeast Asia. In order to intensify the bilateral and regional strategic cooperation KAS in Malaysia expands its European-Malaysian-Security-Dialogue.

In the context of national, regional and global concepts for development the KAS focuses on the principles of an ecological oriented Social Market Economy. In Cambodia the KAS continues the dialogue with governmental departments and political parties on these issues.

In order to strengthen free and independent media coverage the KAS in Vietnam aims to support the professionalization of media by focusing on business and environmental journalism. To promote the rule of law KAS supports the amendment of the Civil and Criminal Code within the framework of the German-Vietnamese-Dialogue on the rule of law.

Since January 2014 the KAS is present in Yangon / Myanmar with a country office. The main focus of the work is the promotion of democratic, constitutional and civil-society structures in context of the upcoming general elections in 2015. Furthermore the KAS supports on decentralization process in order to strengthen the development and competencies of regional governments and parliaments.

Regional Sector Programs

Beyond the country and regional-specific work of KAS there are three sector programs based in Singapore that give important impulses for the region as a whole. These programs are the Regional Policy Dialog Program Asia, The Rule of Law Program, and the Media Program. They all interconnect current decision makers and future leaders on regional platforms. For example the Regional-Program Policy Dialogue carries out the “Konrad Adenauer School For Young Politicians”, to train future decision makers in methods of political education and communication and to provide them with the necessary instruments. Furthermore the Regional-Program supports the “European-Asia Dialog” in different policy areas. The Media Program founded the “Asia News Network”, which groups together all English-speaking daily papers in Asia. The Rule of Law Program carries out activities on constitutional law, human rights, good governance and the independence of the judiciary. An additional sector program on Economic Policy is based in Tokyo / Japan (see above).