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Political Parties Shape Democracy - Workshops held by Dr Wilhelm Hofmeister

19/20 February 2024 in Apia AND 22/23 February 2024 in Suva, South Pacific

For the first time since the opening of its offices in Canberra, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Australia) has organised standalone workshops on the development of political parties in the Pacific region. Held by Dr Wilhelm Hofmeister, a Fellow and Lecturer of political sciences at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany, the 2-day workshops were titled “Political Parties Shape Democracy” and focussed on the prerequisites for running political parties and political projects.

IALS Symposium


“Climate change and technological developments are presenting challenges to settled principles of property law both personal/moveable and real/immoveable.” Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Australia) had the pleasure to support the International Association for Legal Sciences’ (IALS) Symposium this year. Established in 1950 and operating under the auspices of UNESCO and of the International Science Council, IALS aims to promote the development of legal science throughout the world by using, in particular, the comparative method.

Samoa (post-Cotonou) Partnership Agreement

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Australia) had the pleasure to witness as an observer the Samoa (post-Cotonou) Agreement signing ceremony held on 15 November in Apia. The Agreement serves as an overarching legal framework for the European Union’s (EU) relations with the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) for the next twenty years.

9th KAS Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue


KAS Australia and the Pacific, in cooperation with the KAS offices in Brussels and Berlin, was pleased to be holding its 9th KAS Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue in October this year.

2nd KAS Australia and the Pacific Security Conference

'Zeitenwende' and Beyond

After a successful first iteration in 2022, we held the 2nd KAS Australia Security Conference on German-Indo-Pacific common security concerns on 12 and 13 September. The aim is to continue to grow the conference and establish it as an important platform for multilateral exchange on all matters defence, security and foreign policy. This year, KAS Australia and the Pacific was supported by the National Security College and the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

German Delegation Visit to Australia

As part of our 2nd KAS Australia and the Pacific Security Conference, we were honoured to welcome a German delegation to Australia.

5th PIURN Conference


This year KAS Australia has for the first time supported the Pacific Islands Universities Research Network’s (PIURN) bi-annual conference. The 5th PIURN Annual Conference was held from 4 to 6 July 2023 in the Cook Islands.

9th ICON-S Annual Conference

Islands and Oceans: Public Law in a Plural World

For the first time since its inception, the ICON-S Annual Meeting took place in Oceania. The International Society of Public Law is an international learned society with members from all around the globe.

6th Konrad Adenauer Lecture

‘Security Issues for the Pacific Region’

KAS Australia and the Pacific and the ANU Centre for European Studies were delighted to hold the 6th KAS Lecture in Canberra in June. This year's keynote was kindly delivered by former President of the Republic of Kiribati and advocate for climate action and ocean conservation H.E. Anote Tong, with concluding remarks provided by the German Special Envoy for the Pacific Islands States, H.E. Beate Grzeski.

Pacific Update


The Pacific Update, an annual conference dubbed the premier forum for the discussion of matters of concern to the Pacific region, has taken place again with KAS Australia’s support. Co-organised by the Centre for Development Policy (Devpol) of the Australian National University (ANU) and the School of Economics of the University of the South Pacific (USP), the event was held from 13 to 15 June in the capital of Fiji.

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