International Reports and Communication

The International Reports and Communication department in the European and International Cooperation division is responsible for the International Reports (Ai) of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), a journal on international issues, foreign policy and development cooperation published four times a year. In addition to the printed edition, the Ai also offer an information platform on the international work of our over 100 Foundation offices on the website www.auslandsinformationen.de.

Freedom of the press and freedom of opinion are fundamental prerequisites for the functioning of a democracy and thus a focal point of our work abroad, which finds expression in the form of international media programmes at our offices in Johannesburg, Singapore and Sofia. The International Reports and Communication department is responsible for the coordination of these activities, as well as for the annual F.A.Z.-KAS debate organised jointly with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, the aim of which is to give greater weight to important discussions on foreign policy issues in Germany.

The department is also the point of contact for our Foundation offices and consults and supports them in the areas of social media strategies and multimedia formats.

The current issue


Power and Resources – Energy, Climate, Raw Materials, and the War in Ukraine

The Russian attack on Ukraine has changed many things – not least our view of how we use resources. Previously, this view was characterised by our attempts to reconcile economic efficiency and ecological sustainability, but now this has been supplemented by something that, objectively speaking, has always been important but largely absent from public debate in Germany: power.

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Power and Resources – Energy, Climate, Raw Materials, and the War in Ukraine

  • Editorial

    A federal minister from the Green Party travelling to the Gulf States to arrange the delivery of larger quantities of fossil fuels for consumption in Germany – for many, this is emblematic of how the parameters have shifted in spring 2022, including on energy policy. The Russian attack on Ukraine has changed many things – not least our view of how we use resources. Previously, this view was characterised by our attempts to reconcile economic efficiency and ecological sustainability, but now this has been supplemented by something that, objectively speaking, has always been important but largely absent from public debate in Germany: power.

    by Gerhard Wahlers

  • Out of Siberia, into the Desert?

    The Middle East and North Africa as Building Blocks of Europe’s Energy Transition

    Russia’s war on Ukraine is increasing the pressure on Europe to wind down its dependence on Russian energy supplies. For this reason, politicians are turning their attention to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region that has historically been home to large quantities of fossil fuels. This seems to be a reasonable step in light of the region’s energy reserves, but it requires closer scrutiny. The MENA region, particularly the Arab Gulf states, is at the dawn of a new era of renewable energies. Instead of creating new dependencies, Europe should pursue a strategy of broad diversification of its energy sources, along with the establishment and expansion of energy innovation partnerships.

    by Simon Engelkes, Ludwig Schulz

  • New Energy Partnerships and a Boost for Decarbonisation?

    The War in Ukraine and Its Repercussions for Energy Policy in Asia

    The Russian attack on Ukraine has led to turbulence on the Asian energy markets. The consequences are manifold: on the one hand, the rise in the price of fossil fuels may well provide decarbonisation with new momentum in many Asian countries. On the other hand, states such as India and especially China might try to cheaply purchase Russian energy resources, which are being increasingly shunned in the West. Thus Moscow, subject as it is to sanctions, has new opportunities for energy cooperation – but risks becoming increasingly dependent.

    by Christian Hübner

  • Enhancing Energy Security in Southeast Europe

    Can Romania Be Part of the Solution?

    Romania’s relative energy independence could transform it into a regional provider of energy security supporting EU efforts to decouple from Russian energy. This requires commitment and will, however. For now, most infrastructure continues to be obsolete, polluting, and ill-adapted to the massive post-Communist shift in demand, threatening even the country’s own energy security. Critical vulnerabilities are precisely those where Russian dominance must be swiftly curtailed: gas and, indirectly, electricity.

    by Otilia Nutu

  • Between Environmental Protection and Security of Supply

    Europe’s Common Agricultural Policy and the Ukraine War

    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) represents an important funding instrument for supporting farmers and ensuring food security in Europe. For several years, it has born increased responsibility for transforming the agricultural sector in the interests of environmental and climate protection. However, the war in Ukraine acts as a game changer focusing the CAP on security of supply once again.

    by André Algermißen

  • Environmental and Climate Policy in Africa

    Regional Cohesion and National Challenges

    The African Union’s Agenda 2063 sets out the aspiration of African countries to focus on sustainable development. The continent has gained influence at inter­national climate negotiations. However, many countries face enormous challenges when it comes to the implemen­tation of national environmental and climate targets, which cannot be explained by a lack of financial resources or technical expertise alone. Rather, good governance is a prerequisite for effectively protecting the environment and combating climate change.

    by Anja Berretta

  • Can Climate Change Be Fought in International Human Rights Courts?

    The Potential and Limitations of the Law with Regard to Climate Change Issues

    The environment and climate change are increasingly posing key challenges for the courts. Their judgements can send out important signals. However, not least in the inter­national context, it is clear that these institutions wield varying degrees of influence – and it is difficult to implement their verdicts.

    by Hartmut Rank, Franziska Rinke

Other Topics

  • How Sustainable Are Shock Moments?

    Lessons from the War in Ukraine

    The 180-degree turn of German foreign and security policy – at least in terms of rhetoric – only became possible after Russia’s open invasion of Ukraine. While some politicians, even from the ranks of the federal government, are already slipping back into old comfortable patterns of thinking now that the first wave of horror has passed, the rest of us should ask: what must be done to better prepare ourselves for future conflicts?

    by Frank Priess

  • Powerless against Digital Hate

    African Societies and Social Networks

    Social media open up unprecedented communication oppor­tunities in Africa. At the same time, they exacerbate conflicts, such as the one in Ethiopia. Facebook, just ahead of TikTok as the most important social network on the continent, is inadequately performing its moderating and supervising duties. In the same way, most states do not protect their citizens from digital attacks or surveillance. The negligence of these governments, which have a greater interest in surveillance than in protecting their own people, is turning the continent into a huge test lab for companies in Palo Alto and Shanghai. Technologically, Europe has little to oppose these trends with.

    by Christoph Plate

Management

Management

Benjamin Gaul

Benjamin Gaul

Head of the Department International Reports and Communication

benjamin.gaul@kas.de +49 30 26996 3584

Team

Team member

Dr. Sören Soika

Dr

Editor-in-Chief International Reports (Ai)

soeren.soika@kas.de +49 30 26996 3388
Team member

Louisa Heuss

Louisa Heuss (2020)

Desk Officer for Communication and Marketing

louisa.heuss@kas.de +49 30 26996 3916 +49 30 26996 53916
Team member

Katharina Naumann

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Desk Officer for International Media Programmes

katharina.naumann@kas.de +49 30 26996 3437 +65 6227 8343
Team member

Fabian Wagener

Fabian Wagener

Desk Officer for Multimedia

fabian.wagener@kas.de +49 30-26996-3943
Contact

Maxi-Laura Krüger

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Secretary / Assistant

Maxi-Laura.Krueger@kas.de +49 30 26996-3384 +49 30 26996-53384

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