Country Reports

Short political reports of the KAS offices abroad

Who are Lebanon`s First-time Voters?

Results of a countrywide voter profile survey on the attitudes and opinions of the Lebanese Youth towards the upcoming elections

Vietnam Quarterly Macroeconomic Report

Quarter 1 - 2018

The domestic economy in Q1 witnessed an unusually high growth rate of 7.38% (yoy), the highest in 10 years. The agriculture, forestry, fishery, and service sectors improved sharply compared to previous years. The industry and construction sector also grew at a high rate of 9.7%. The manufacturing continued to be the driving force for the whole economy. Meanwhile, the mining industry has gained positive growth after two years of decline. The number of new jobs and newly established firms in Q1 did not increase sharply like the growth of the economy compared to the previous year.

China in Tansania

Auf dem gesamten afrikanischen Kontinent wächst der Einfluss der Volksrepublik China kontinuierlich. Diese Entwicklung ist nicht neu, aber das zunehmend selbstbewusste Auftreten des Landes als aufstrebende Weltmacht offenbart die vielschichtigen Beziehungen Chinas zu den Ländern in Afrika deutlicher als das früher der Fall war. Das gilt auch für Tansania, eines der Länder, in denen das Engagement Chinas in Afrika sehr früh begonnen hat.

A bitter-sweet victory

The BJP may have dominated the elections for the Parliament´s upper house, but there is displeasure in its coalition

The elections at the end of March 2018 for the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament, constitute a continuing success for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). By winning 28 of the 59 available seats, the party exceeded early expectations. In contrast, the Indian National Congress (INC) continued to lose influence. Nevertheless, the BJP also suffered a setback when one of its member regional parties of its national coalition pulled out.

Iraq at a Crossroads: Reconfiguring the Role of the United Nations

This paper was inspired by a study visit of a high-ranking Iraqi delegation from Baghdad and Erbil to the United Nations and other institutions in New York in October 2017. This visit entitled “The future role of the United Nations in Iraq” was organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s New York office in cooperation with the foundation’s Syria/Iraq Office. The author of this publication, Ali Al-Mawlawi, was part of this delegation. Ali is Head of Research at the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies in Baghdad (

KAS NY interviews MP Peter Beyer

Dr. Stefan Friedrich, Director of the KAS New York office interviews Peter Beyer, Member of the German Bundestag and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Oil shale in Estonia: Fossil fuel policy in a pioneering country

Um unabhängig von ausländischer Energie zu sein setzt Estland weiter auf Ölschiefer – trotz der Nebeneffekte

Over the past years Estonia has established a reputation as a pioneer of digital technology beyond the borders of the EU and left its socialist economic system behind. However, with one industry economics and politics have remained loyal to the old system which leaves a lasting imprint on Estonia.

Catalyzing the SDG's through Expanded Domestic Resource Mobilization

Members of the African Policy Circle Oladiran Bello, Executive Director of Good Governance Africa and Salina Sanou, Head of Policy and Advocacy at ACORD Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development publish a paper on "Catalyzing the SDGs through Expanded Domestic Resource Mobilization ". Their research was conducted subsequent to a dialogue programme entitled "The African Policy Circle goes UN: Empowering local influencers through dialogue on the 2030 Agenda" organized by the KAS New York office.

Saudi-German Economic and Cultural Relations

Current state, challenges and opportunities from a German perspective

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Republic of Germany have kept and enjoyed excellent economic bilateral relations for decades. German companies have been present at every step in the development process of Saudi Arabia’s economy. Saudi Arabia, in turn, has provided Germany with oil and derivatives. Today, Saudi Arabia is Germany’s second most important trading partner in the region, while Germany is the third largest importer to Saudi Arabia.

Myanmar – new breeding ground for terrorist networks?

The “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army” (ARSA) in Focus

On 1st February 2018, a previously unknown man threw an incendiary device onto the Rangoon property where Myanmar’s de facto prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi resides. Even though security officials took the incident seriously while at the same time not wanting to overstate it, the increasing threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia has hardly been noticed elsewhere, especially in Europe. There is good reason Myanmar should be the focus of interest in such discussions.

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