Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.


Rule of Law Dialogue Series

Session 1: The Regulation of Big Tech Companies in the Digital Era


Foreign and Security Policy Outlook:

China’s Great Game? Regional Connectivity, Power Asymmetries and Security Integration

KAS Australia and the Pacific will host a dinner discussion for board members of the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and security experts in Canberra.


Political Leadership for a New Era: What will Germany’s Next Chapter Look like?

A conversation with the CDU’s international secretary Bertil Wenger on the political challenges of the post-Merkel era

As current chancellor Angela Merkel is set to retire at the federal election in September 2021, the next German government and its chancellor will inherit very complex policy challenges, domestically but especially in the foreign policy arena. KAS’ Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific will organise a virtual roundtable with the CDU’s international secretary Bertil Wenger and representatives of the Australian Liberal Party and New Zealand National Party, on the leadership and policy challenges of the Covid-19 era and Germany’s next chapter.


The Indo-Pacific: Geostrategic Challenges and Opportunities for Australia and Germany

Senator The Honourable Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence, Australia and The Honourable Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Minister of Defence, Germany in Conversation

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Konrad- Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Program Australia and the Pacific invite you to their upcoming discussion on THE INDO-PACIFIC: GEOSTRATEGIC CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIA AND GERMANY


Energy Policy Dialogue 2020 /2

The Hydrogen Economy: Prospects for a German-Australian Collaboration

In this forum, senior German and Australian representatives from industry, policy and research will map out opportunities for collaboration on hydrogen R&D, investment and trade, and discuss how to overcome barriers.


Konrad Adenauer Lecture 2020


The COVID-19 crisis is making clear how many of today's global challenges cannot be contained within national borders and require sustained cooperation amongst trusted partners and in international fora. For Australia, taking a more active role in shaping a free and open Indo-Pacific extends beyond its immediate geographical neighbourhood and rests on increased engagement with like-minded nations to set norms and standards. Similarly, the EU (as well as NATO) is reorienting its outlook to adapt to the major strategic realignment underway and is looking to build stronger ties with value partners. This requires a rethink of what successful international engagement means and what cooperative networks around the shared goal of an open Indo-Pacific could look like.


3rd European-Australian Cybersecurity Dialogue - Session 3

‘Cybersecurity in Crisis Times - A Way Forward for Europe and Australia’

The annual KAS Australia-Europe 1.5 track Cybersecurity Dialogue, this year already in its third iteration, aims to bring together policy makers, experts and practitioners from Europe and Australia to share insights and experiences. Usually, this is achieved through a combination of roundtables, an in-depth seminar and meetings at various institutions and ministries, as well as the respective federal, state and EU Parliaments – alternating between Canberra/Sydney and Berlin/Brussels as locations. This year’s dialogue will take place in a virtual format where speakers' short input statements will be followed by an interactive discussion amongst all invited experts.


6th ASPI-KAS Australia-Europe Counter Terrorism Dialogue 2020 - Session 2

“The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Extremism Dynamics: Towards National Resilience”

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Program Australia and the Pacific in cooperation with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) are holding their annual Australia-Europe Counter Terrorism Dialogue in virtual form this year – through two separate discussions on the 18th of August and 1st of September 2020


3rd Europe-Australia 1.5 track Cybersecurity Dialogue - Session 2

Cybersecurity in Crisis Times - A Way Forward for Europe and Australia

A Virtual Discussion Series in Three Parts The annual KAS Australia-Europe 1.5 track Cybersecurity Dialogue, this year already in its third iteration, aims to bring together senior government representatives, policy makers, academic experts, practitioners and members of the diplomatic corps to share their views, develop better understandings and explore how cooperation could be strengthened. Usually, this is achieved through a combination of roundtables, an in-depth seminar and meetings at various relevant institutions and ministries, as well as the respective federal, state and EU Parliaments – alternating between Canberra/Sydney and Berlin/Brussels as locations.

"Europe is - its critics notwithstanding - a success story"

Prof. Lammert opens Konrad Adenauer Lecture Series

On November 28, 2017 KAS' Regional Programme Asia and the Pacific had the honour of welcoming Prof. Norbert Lammert as the keynote speaker on the topic "Germany and Europe in a New Era of Global Challenges". The following quotation by Konrad Adenauer constituted the core message of his lecture: "European unity used to be the dream of a few. It became the hope of many. Today it is a prerequisite for all."

Policy Session at the APRC Perth "Geopolitics in the Asia Pacific: Opportunities, Challenges and Perspectives”

KAS Australia and Pacific was privileged to be hosting an important geostrategic panel discussion at the APCR in Perth. It brought together the Foreign Ministers of Australia and Singapore, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP and the Hon. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, political editor David Speers from Sky News as well as a select group of international security experts.

Political Dialogue Programme with German MPs Hauptmann and Klein

Politial talks and roundtable discussions in Australia

On invitation of KAS Australia and Pacific, MP Mark Hauptmann and MP Volkmar Klein participated in a series of political talks, expert exchanges and roundtable discussions centred on the topics of Digitalisation, Economic Policy, Industry 4.0, Start-Ups, Energy and Cybersecurity in Sydney and Perth.

Pacific Regional Dialogue on Political Parties


Based on this question, a regional workshop on political parties in the South Pacific region took place in Fiji from the 19th to the 20th of September in cooperation with the UNDP.

Europa auf dem Weg zur Sicherheitsunion

Wie die EU Terror bekämpft – und was sie von Australien lernen könnte

Vor einem Jahr schlug EU-Kommissionspräsident Jean-Claude Juncker vor, „ein Europa zu schaffen, das schützt, stärkt und verteidigt“. Gerade die terroristische Bedrohung könne auf europäischer Ebene teilweise besser bekämpft werden. Ein paar der wichtigsten Ziele sind: Rückkehrer stoppen, Radikalisierung verhindern, Terroristen bestrafen. Australiens Vorgehensweise liefert in diesem Zusammenhang interessante Anknüpfungspunkte.


"Transforming the New Threat Landscape"

From the 4th until the 8th of September, the 3rd "AUSTRALIA-EUROPE COUNTER-TERRORISM DIALOGUE" took place in Berlin and Brussels. In cooperation with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), KAS' Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific brought a high-level delegation of CT policy-makers and experts from Australia to have the opportunity for a fruitful exchange of knowledge and experience about current developments, effective counter-strategies and new collaborative activities.

Information and dialogue programme in Nadi and Suva

As part of KAS portfolio in the region, the KAS Regional Programme Australia and the Pacific undertook a project scoping trip to Nadi and Suva.


Wellington and Auckland, June 7-9 2017

Upon invitation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, MP Volkmar Klein, Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Australia and New Zealand, visited New Zealand for a three-day parliamentary exchange and political party dialogue programme which also included roundtable discussions with leaders from the business community and foreign/security policy experts.

Wirtschaftliche und politische Herausforderungen für Australien und Deutschland

Auf Einladung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung unter Schirmherrschaft des Bundestagsabgeordneten Volkmar Klein traf am Freitag eine hochrangige australische Unternehmerdelegation der Deutsch-Australischen AHK auf Politiker und Vertreter von Ministerien, um in einem Fachgespräch über die aktuellen politischen und wirtschaftlichen Herausforderungen für beide Länder zu diskutieren.


Upon invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and under the patronage of German MP Volkmar Klein, a high-ranking delegation of Australian business leaders from the German-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry met with German politicians and representatives of various ministries. The aim of this expert exchange was to discuss the current political and economic challenges faced by both countries.

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