Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

2018 Parliamentary Elections in East Timor

For the second time within the span of a year, the citizens of East Timor have elected a new Parliament. As the parliamentary elections on 22 June 2017 failed to produce a clear majority and a stable government, the President called for a new ballot to be held on 12 May 2018. This was the fifth parliamentary elections since the country gained independence.

EU-Jordan Trade Agreement

Overview and Implementation Status

In February 2016, as the Syria refugee crisis started to peak, the international community held a conference in London to discuss a joint response to the crisis: It heralded a decisive paradigm shift in European development cooperation, away from short-term emergency aid to long-term strengthening of initial host country resilience. A core outcome of the conference was the Jordan Compact — an agreement between Jordan, the European Union, and the World Bank. This study aims to give an overview on Jordan’s economy and to reflect on the progress of the Compact implementation two years on.


Protests and Government Change in the Hashemite Kingdom

The protests in Jordan that began with a nationwide strike on Wednesday, May 30th, were the largest, most sustained in years, and were supported by a broad base of the population. Thousands of people organised on social media using hashtags such as #JordanStrikes. The protests were the immediate reaction to the Amended Income Tax Draft Law that was meant to address the kingdom’s serious debt and fiscal deficit by increasing revenue through taxes. Yet, frustration had long built up in the population as the economy of Jordan has been in decline for years.

The NATO Exercise Saber Strike

Belarus Being a Factor

In the beginning of June NATO was conducting a defense exercise Saber Strike in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with 18,000 soldiers. The exercise sought to strengthen defense in a geographically significant region: a narrow strip of land between NATO members Lithuania and Poland, which is restricted by Russia's Kaliningrad to the west and Belarus to the east. It was announced against the backdrop of many Russian exercises, contrary to Russian practice, the real number of participants did not exceed the announced figures, and it was much smaller than usual maneuvers on the Russian side.

Think Tanks in Belarus

An overview of history and current situation

All over the world think tanks play an important role in the development, implementation and support of states' foreign and security policy. Germany and the EU, but also, for example, Russia, has seen a wave of new foundations and professionalization in the field of think tanks in recent years. This analytical publication takes the stock of the current and historical situation of think tanks in the Republic of Belarus.

Foreign Investor Manual

This investors manual aims to provide basic informations about investments procedures and possibilities in Kosovo. Manual was written by Sytrime Dervisholli, head of Trade Department at Ministry of Trade and Industry Kosovo.

Iraq after the Election: Transformation of the Political Landscape


For the first time after the military defeat of the Islamic State (ISIL), national parliamentary elections were held in Iraq. Around 7,000 candidates, organized on 88 party lists, competed for 329 parliament seats in the election on May 12. When results are official, the new parliament will be appointed to form a new Iraqi government.

Country portrait Jordan: Forms of extremism

From an exporter to a target of Islamist fighters?

While Jordan was not a primary target of Islamist terror in the past, relevant jihadist fighters and thinkers come from Jordan, such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, former al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, who was killed in 2006 by an American air strike in Iraq, or the Palestinian-Jordanian Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, who is considered one of the most influential jihadist ideologues in the world.

Iraq at a Crossroads: Stabilization or Further Fragmentation?


The upcoming elections on May 12, 2018 mark the first national elections in Iraq after the military victory over the Islamic State (ISIL). These elections will determine whether Iraq will be able to stabilize itself politically, to establish a nation-wide security regime and to start an urgent reform process after years of civil war and the fight against ISIL.


Interview in the German-Saudi Business Magazine with Dr Manuel Schubert

As Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Representative to the Gulf States since August 2017, Dr Manuel Schubert was interviewed in the latest German-Saudi Business Magazine’s “New Faces” section. He spoke about how he sees recent developments in the Kingdom and presented current and future projects of KAS.

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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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