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Anti-Semitic alliances

Postmodern criticism of Israel and hatred of Jews in new contexts as a challenge for political education work

Greta Thunberg's reaction to the Hamas massacre of Israeli civilians has shocked and surprised some observers in Germany. There was talk of the "fall of the climate icon". In fact, the statements made by Thunberg and many of her fellow campaigners in the global climate protection movement are shocking - but they are not surprising. For years, campaigners against climate change have also been positioning themselves on the side of pro-Palestinian activists. They are part of a long line of progressive, left-wing, activist and other movements that integrate pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel[1] and anti-Semitic positions and narratives into their fight for an actual or supposedly better world. Anti-racism groups, activism from the spectrum of queer feminism, postcolonial theorists, identitarian conspiracy thinkers and Islamists pursue very different and sometimes diametrically opposed goals. However, many of them are united by their criticism of Israel and some by their hatred of Jews. This is an enormous challenge for the global fight against anti-Semitism. In the wake of postmodern theoretical approaches, chains of argumentation and forms of activism, anti-Semitic narratives and myths penetrate seemingly unsuspicious social and political contexts. This often happens unnoticed and without reflection. Although the core of anti-Semitism remains the perception of Jews expressed as hatred, it is changing its form and context. The tried and tested instruments for combating anti-Semitism that have been established in Germany for decades - such as discussions with contemporary witnesses, trips to memorial sites or remembrance work - must therefore be supplemented by additional methods and instruments. This text offers a classification of anti-Semitic forms and approaches in the context of postmodern forms of theory formation and activism, shows the individual anti-Semitic bridging narratives of these activisms and formulates considerations for dealing with these new forms and contexts of anti-Semitism.


Russia in the Middle East

Strategies and Interests

Hamas' terrorist attack on Israel and the resurgence of a hot Middle East conflict in October 2023 is attracting the attention not only of regional actors but also of the global community. Russia's reaction in particular is being watched with great interest. Russia, as the legal successor state of the Soviet Union, has a deep-rooted history of engagement in the Middle East. In addition to current Russian reactions to the Middle East conflict, this report is dedicated to the historical role of the Soviet Union and Russia in the region and highlights Russian interests in the Middle East.

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation in figures 2023

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We present interesting facts about the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in the current issue of the publication " Die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Zahlen 2023 ". Are you interested in the current thematic focuses and research content of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung? Would you like to know more about our recent publications and events? We give you an insight into the number of scholarship holders we support and the digitisation of our archive material or an overview of the KAS Fellows of past years. We show you our KAS Awards and a selection of our podcasts. Read more about our magazines and the development of our social media channels.


Neuer Vorstand der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Wahl bei der Mitgliederversammlung am 1. Dezember 2023

Die Mitgliederversammlung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hat am 1. Dezember 2023 den Vorstand der Stiftung gewählt und Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert in seinem Amt als Vorsitzender der Stiftung bestätigt. Hermann Gröhe MdB wurde ebenfalls in seinem Amt als stellvertretender Vorsitzende bestätigt wie auch Dr. Christoph Brand im Amt des Schatzmeisters. Neu gewählt wurden die stellvertretenden Vorsitzenden Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott, Professorin für Politik und Wirtschaft Japans an der FU Berlin, und Dr. Tamara Zieschang, Ministerin für Inneres und Sport des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt.

CCS and Climate Neutrality

Developing a Pathway for Germany

The goal of climate neutrality by 2045 poses enormous challenges for the German industry. Despite all efforts, there will be greenhouse gas emissions even after 2045 that are unavoidable or hard to abate. In order to ensure climate neutrality and competitiveness, carbon capture and storage (CCS) will be necessary. The publication identifies the challenges of CCS in Germany and develops policy recommendations to overcome these challenges.

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo before the election

The Democratic Republic of Congo with its 100 million inhabitants votes in December - an opportunity and a challenge

On 20 December 2023, the people of Africa's second largest country, which has been ravaged by crises, mismanagement and war, will be called upon to take part in a mega-event: they will simultaneously elect the President of the Republic, the 500 members of the National Assembly, the representatives of the 26 provincial parliaments and, for the first time, the members of the municipal councils (city councils). President Félix Tshisekedi, the country's former beacon of hope, is standing for re-election. The presidential candidates all come from the well-known political class. However, the opposition candidates are primarily criticising the current government and the election process. Political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are rarely guided by traditional ideological or democratic principles; they are often linked to tangible economic interests. In the past, there have been repeated cases of unrest after elections - in a country the size of Western Europe.

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Facing difficult dilemmas

Rishi Sunak and the Tories ahead of the 2024 elections

In the polls, the opposition Labour Party is far ahead of the ruling Conservatives. With the appointment of David Cameron as Foreign Secretary, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is under immense pressure, has certainly pulled off a coup. This risky move hints at the outlines of the strategy the British Conservatives will take into the 2024 election year.

Piloting the Climate Club in the Steel Sector

Focus on the Quick Wins, Create a Safe Space for Dialogue

The Paris Agreement represents the collective ambitions of its signatory countries to limit the global average temperature to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. Given the limitations of a multilateral format focusing on overarching climate change mitigation goals, recent discussions have focused on establishing plurilateral alliances. This paper sheds light on the potential of a sectoral alliance for steel and develops policy recommendations for piloting a climate club in the steel sector.

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Ameniens ambitionierte Ziele für eine (bildungs-)inklusive Gesellschaft 2025

Inklusion weltweit – Aktueller Stand aus Armenien

Armenien ist eines von drei Ländern im Südkaukasus und ein Nachfolgestaat der Sowjetunion. Es unternimmt seit Jahren sehr positive Bemühungen im Bereich der Bildungsinklusion, ist aber noch entfernt davon, eine inklusive Gesellschaft zu sein. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Büro der Menschenrechtsbeauftragten der Republik Armenien, erstellte die Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung im Südkaukasus im letzten Jahr eine Studie zu den Hürden für Menschen mit Behinderungen in Armenien.

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"BRICS Plus" - Brief analysis Asia and the Pacific

Unsurprisingly, there is no single answer to the question of whether the BRICS are perceived as an anti-Western alliance that applies equally to all Asian countries. Two of the five BRICS countries, China and India, are located in Asia. Together, these two geopolitical heavyweights account for almost a third of the world's population. A third BRICS country, Russia, is predominantly located in Asia, at least in terms of area. China's enormous political and economic weight and Russia's search for new forms of international networking and recognition do not yet make BRICS an Asian event. However, the countries in the immediate neighbourhood are already economically and politically dependent on both superpowers and are massively affected by their ambitions and interests.

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