Publications

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5th Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, Berlin and Brussels (Germany and Belgium)

by Katja Theodorakis

Terrorism Realities Old and New: Assessing Continuing and Evolving Challenges
Dedicated to ‘terrorism realities old and new’, the dialogue sought to foster knowledge exchange on continuing and emerging forms of terrorism and violent extremism. A tried and proven format, it brought together policy makers, representatives from relevant government institutions, academic experts and practitioners from Australia, Germany and other European countries for frank discussions in roundtables, an in-depth seminar and bilateral meetings.

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2nd KAS-EUCERS Energy Policy Dialogue: Energy Strategies: Germany, New Zealand & Australia

by Eva Wagner

A Comparative Perspective
KAS Australia‘s 2nd Energy Policy Dialogue was organised this year again in cooperation with the European Centre for Climate and Energy Security (EUCERS). Other cooperation partners included: The German New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (GNZCC) in Auckland; the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA), the New Zealand Business Energy Council (NZBEC) and the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in Wellington; and the German Australian Chamber of Commerce (GACC) as well as Bird & Bird in Sydney.

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Special Report:4th ASPI-KAS Australia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue

by Katja Theodorakis

'Shifting frontiers: addressing post-caliphate terrorism dynamics'
A Special Report detailing the findings of our 4thAustralia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue, published in cooperation with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

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Political Parties in the South Pacific, Honiara Solomon Islands

by Eva Wagner

Creating Inclusive Political Parties in the South Pacific

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IEP SDG 16 in the Pacific - Outcome Document

The Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP) with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung - Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific (KAS Australia) has launched its Research Report on SDG 16 in the Pacific at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva/Fiji in May this year.

PERISCOPE - Occasional Analysis Paper Series

Cyber Security in a Contested Age – Geopolitical Challenges and Opportunities for Australia and Germany

by Katja Theodorakis and Dr. Clint Arizmendi
Our latest analysis paper, the second to be published in the ‘Periscope’ series, deals with the topic of cyber security – the challenges associated with it as well as the opportunities afforded by it. Just like the real-world sighting instrument, ‘Periscope’ is meant to broaden our views, taking in perspectives from different angles. For this end, it brings together insights from Europe/Germany and the Australia/Pacific region in order to augment our understanding of contemporary geopolitical and security issues.
Dean Lewins via AAP

Country Reports

The “Miracle” Election - A Result that Stunned the Nation

by Beatrice Gorawantschy, Katja Theodorakis

Australian Federal Election 2019
Defying the opinion polls of the last weeks that placed Labor clearly ahead of the Liberal Party, the Coalition delivered an unexpected election victory that stunned the nation and even resulted in a majority government. Described as a ‘shock’ or ‘miracle’ victory (after Morrison proclaimed “he believed in miracles” in his election night speech), the result has given way to much reflection, analysis and political soul-searching. This includes the baffling question of how the polls got the results so wrong, and examinations are underway of the manner in which opinion polls are conducted, the technology that drives them, and how results are interpreted – drawing attention to possible blinkers and selection biases that have hindered a more astute understanding.

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SDG16 in the Pacific

The Institute for Economics & Peace in cooperation with the KAS Australia & Pacific office presented its most recent report on SDG16 in the Pacific, 'Strenghtening and legitimising institutions to achieve sustainable development'.

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MP Mark Hauptmann in Wellington, New Zealand

by Eva Wagner

KAS Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific is pleased to have organised various events with MP Mark Hauptmann during his stay in Wellington as a Fellow of the New Zealand Government.
At a Luncheon Discussion held in cooperation with The New Zealand Initiative on current political and economic challenges in Germany and Europe, MP Mark Hauptmann had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the local business community. There was a great interest in the implications of Brexit, the upcoming EU elections, Germany’s electoral system and its rules on social media, the free trade negotiations between Europe and New Zealand as well as the German perspective of China’s new role in the world.

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ASPI-KAS Cybersecurity Fellowship: Exchanging Knowledge and Enhancing Cooperation

Isabel Skierka was the first German expert who came to Australia as part of our newly established ASPI-KAS Cybersecurity Fellowship.
KAS Australia and Pacific and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute have engaged in this new joint initiative in order to enhance cooperation on analysis of current cyber security challenges.
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