Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

The Afghan-Pakistani Relations

Trapped in their Security Dilemma

Die Konflikte in Afghanistan und Pakistan überlagern sich seit Jahrzehnten und haben eine friedliche Lösung in Afghanistan erschwert. Die Eskalation in Kaschmir kam zu einem denkbar ungünstigen Zeitpunkt; die Friedensgespräche zwischen Taliban und den USA befinden sich in einer möglichen Endphase und stellen die verfassungsmäßige Ordnung, das internationale Engagement in Afghanistan sowie die regionale Sicherheitsarchitektur neu zu Verhandlung.

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Geneva Barometer

Developments in the Geneva-based international organizations between May and July 2019

Over the last few months, diplomats as well as staff members of international organizations in Geneva were kept on the move: in the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the International Labour Organization (ILO), numerous heads of states and governments came to Geneva. In addition, several high ranking meetings and conferences took place, such as the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) and the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Reports on the future of world trade (WTO), on land use and climate change (IPCC, „World Climate Council“) as well as on global refugee trends were looking at the future with concern.

Freihandelsabkommen EU-MERCOSUR - „Südbrücke“ im Atlantik

Lange nichts, und auf einmal schienen es alle eilig zu haben: Zwanzig Jahre nach Verhandlungsstart, pünktlich zum diesjährigen G20-Treffen und wenige Wochen vor dem Ende der „Juncker-Kommission“, erzielten die Verhandlungsführer, drei EU-Kommissare und vier südamerikanische Minister, am 28. Juni den Durchbruch in Brüssel: die Einigung auf ein Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der EU und dem Handelsbündnis MERCOSUR (Zusammenschluss von Argentinien, Brasilien, Paraguay und Uruguay).

Consequences of Climate Change in Vietnam - Between adaptation and combat

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Vietnam is one of the five countries most affected by the effects of climate change. Heavy tropical storms, sea-level rise and changes in precipitation and average temperatures are already putting Vietnam in serious socio-economic difficulties. What are the consequences of this development for the government and the party, and what impulses will they have on the Vietnamese response to climate change-related issues?

“Less(ik) is more“

The 2nd European Games might attract more tourists at lower costs – a European Sports spectacle in a country which itself is in motion

Minsk is just a few days away from a major sporting event that could be a loss-making venture despite moderate total costs. Nevertheless, the city is happy and has the opportunity to parade itself to international guests and the media. This could help further promote a more pragmatic, improved relationship with the West, as relations with Russia remain tense and the host country becomes increasingly affected by a number of economic problems.

Cambodian Identity in Focus

Past, Present and Future

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Crises, controversies, „milestones“

The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) from May 20th to 28th 2019 in Geneva

The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) took place from May 20th to 28th, 2019 in Geneva against the background of diverse developments: on the one hand, positive developments in Universal Health Cov-erage and in fighting against diseases like malaria, on the other hand, the smoldering Ebola crisis in the DR Congo is a matter of concern. In addition, there were a number of controversial debates, among others on the resolution on the transparency of prices for medical and health products. Some (geo) political conflicts cast their shadows on the discussions during the WHA.

Country Profile South Africa

Basic information about the economic, social and political situation in South Africa

Our country profile summarises key data on history, politics, economy and society of the Republic of South Africa. It also presents basic information that will help you in getting an initial overview of the economic, social and political situation in South Africa. Graphical elements illustrate the listed information.

Mid-term Elections in the Philippines

The mega-elections in the Philippines were also a referendum on President Duterte at the mid-term of his Presidency

At the mid-term of President Rodrigo Duterte's six-year Presidency, mega-elections took place in the Philippines with nearly 20,000 positions at the local, regional and national level to be filled. In general, these elections were considered a referendum on the president who is regarded as a controversial figure mainly by the international community. The election of 12 new senators was of primary importance. Rachmat/CC BY- 2.0

Indonesia has voted

President Jokowi wins the election in Indonesia

President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, has won the presidential election clearly with 55.5% of the vote and can now continue to govern the country for another five years. His challenger, ex-General Prabowo Subianto, who came to 44.5% of the vote, does not want to admit his defeat and will appeal against the result at the Constitutional Court for alleged election manipulation. The official election results were announced by the Indonesian Election Commission KPU on the 21th May 2019, one month after the actual Election Day, but one day earlier than the scheduled deadline on 22 May.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a political foundation. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The country reports offer current analyses, exclusive evaluations, background information and forecasts - provided by our international staff.

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