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50 years of worldwide cooperation

Konrad Adenauer and the Beginnings of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung’s International Activities | Ex Oriente Lux: The Work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Central and Eastern Europe| The Landmarks of Half a Century of Solidarity: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Chile (1962-2012) | KAS in Asia From “Help to Help Themselves” to a Dialogue between Equals | Democratisation Trends in the Maghreb | Africa – A Continent on the Rise

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50 years of worldwide cooperation

  • Editorial

    We will be celebrating "50 Years of Democracy Worldwide" in July this year. This is why the July edition of the International Reports is a littledifferent. We have produced a commemorative issue in which we take the unusual step of reflecting on our own work and achievements. Today we have more than 80 offices around the globe. We work tirelessly to make a lasting contribution to peace, freedom and democracy – a contribution that is always based on creating a partnership of equals.

    by Gerhard Wahlers

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  • Konrad Adenauer and the Beginnings of the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung's International Activities

    The Institute for International Solidarity started its work in 1962. With an eye on Latin America, Konrad Adenauer opened up three new windows of opportunity as a means of making a German contribution to the global challenge: encouraging church social work via the church relief organisations; supporting value-based democratic reformists via the political foundations; and improving the effectiveness of foreign relations by institutionalising an independent development policy.

    by Peter Molt

  • Ex Oriente Lux

    The Work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Central and Eastern Europe

    When the Eastern Bloc collapsed in the 1989, its countries started to open up, providing an opening for our work. The main focus of our activities was the creation of KAS offices in former communist spheres of influence. The launching point for the expansion of our office network in Central and Eastern Europe was our existing office in Vienna. Today we have over 18 offices in these countries of which 15 are full KAS offices and three are liaison offices.

    by Bernhard Vogel

  • The Landmarks of Half a Century of Solidarity

    The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Chile (1962-2012)

    Germany and Chile are shining examples of democracy and socio-economic development on their respective continents. Behind these achievements are the people and the parties, the Christian Democratic parties, and the cooperation between the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and its Chilean counterparts. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung promoted visits and seminars and did everything it could to strengthen relations between Germany and Chile.

    by Mario Fernández Baeza

  • KAS in Asia

    From “Help to Help Themselves” to a Dialogue between Equals

    September 2004. A telephone call comes in from Beijing. The caller is a representative of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China. His question: a draft of China’s new company law is now available. Would it be possible for German experts to conduct a critical review of the draft and to make suggestions for improving it during a workshop organized for this? Would the KAS be able to support this exercise? Requests like this are the result of the trust that has been built over many years of successful cooperation with local partners.

    by Stefan Friedrich

  • Democratisation Trends in the Maghreb

    The political and social upheavals that have been taking place in nearly all the states of the Arab world since December 2011 have different causes that partly go back a long way. The initial assumption that there would be a “domino effect” has gradually given way to the realisation that while parallels exist, there are also many idiosyncrasies between the different countries.

    by Bernd Manuel Weischer, Helmut Reifeld

  • Africa – A Continent on the Rise

    The fact that successes, setbacks, upheavals, booms and busts can all happen at the same time is part and parcel of the complexity that is Africa’s reality. There is not one Africa, but hundreds, perhaps thousands of Africas. Africa is a huge, heterogeneous continent. Despite the many obvious differences, there is one very clear trend: 21st century Africa is now in much better shape than before. The continent has seen many successes of late and many more are in the pipeline.

    by Horst Köhler

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