Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa are undergoing a period of profound upheaval, accompanied by political, social and economic crises, increasingly fragile statehood, as well as violent conflicts and escalating regional tensions. The protracted and complex processes of change within the countries and the geopolitical realignment of the regional order are open-ended. Overall, since the "Arab Spring" of 2010/2011, a destabilization of the region and a further erosion of statehood, including modern forms of authoritarian rule, can be observed. The structural causes for the emergence of the protest movements a decade ago – socioeconomic marginalization and a lack of promising prospects for the future, especially among youth – continue to exist and are being discharged again in month-long unrests across the region. In some countries, growing discontent and a lack of opportunities for economic and political participation are also manifesting themselves increasingly in social and ideological polarization and social divisions. The socioeconomic situation is deteriorating in many states. The consequences of these developments also affect Germany and Europe in matters such as security and economy. In addition, other external actors, such as Russia and the People’s Republic of China, are expanding their influence in the region, while the European Union's ability to shape policy in its southern neighborhood is increasingly limited. “Value partners” in the region are therefore particularly relevant for Europe in these times. A glimmer of hope and an important starting point for German political cooperation are above all the democratic and reform-oriented forces that often come from the younger generation, civil society or the private sector. They are increasingly confidently raising their voices to help shape the future order in their countries and the region.


Our work in the region

Extensive transformation processes must be accompanied at as many levels as possible.  The activities of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in the region are aimed at structural changes as well as at strengthening and empowering social actors and institutions that advocate change. This not only contributes to the urgently needed stabilization of the region, but can also advance truly sustainable development. In doing so, KAS is guided by the objectives of German foreign, security and development policy as well as its Christian Democratic mission statement characterized by the values of freedom, justice and solidarity. Following its three core themes (Representative Democracy/ Participation, Innovation and Security), the Foundation creates and maintains unique dialogue platforms and networks, thereby strengthening exchange, confidence-building and understanding within the respective countries, between the various regional actors, as well as between Germany and Europe on the one hand and the Middle East and North Africa on the other.

To this end, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is active with eight country offices in North Africa and the Middle East (Morocco, Tunisia/Algeria, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria/Iraq based in Beirut, and Turkey), a regional program for the Gulf states based in Amman, and three thematic regional programs (on the rule of law, political dialogue, and climate and energy issues).


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Dr. Canan Atilgan

Dr. Canan Atilgan

Head of the Department Middle East and North Africa

canan.atilgan@kas.de +49 30 26996 3928


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Christina Baade

Portrait, aktuell 2019

Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

Christina.Baade@kas.de +49 30 26996-3611 +49 30 26996-3558
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Michael Bauer

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Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

michael.bauer@kas.de +49 30 26996-3849 +49 30 26996-53849
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Simon Engelkes

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Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

simon.engelkes@kas.de +216 70 02 94 60 +216 71 96 23 81
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Ludwig Schulz

Ludwig Schulz

Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

ludwig.schulz@kas.de +49 30 26996 -3602 +49 30 26996 -53602
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Annika Steimann

Annika Steinmann

Secretary / Assistant in the Department Middle East and North Africa

annika.steimann@kas.de +49 30 26996-3959 +49 30 26996-53959

Petra Wachter

Petra Wachter

Desk Officer for Middle East and North Africa, Climate and Energy Resources in the Department International Dialogue Programs

petra.wachter@kas.de +49-(0)30-26996-3857 +49-(0)30-26996-54321

Andrea Poulios

Andrea Poulios

Secretary / Assistant for Middle East and North Africa in the Department International Dialogue Programs

andrea.poulios@kas.de +49 30 26996-3586 +49 30 26996-53586

Publications to the topic

Blick in die Knesset, Israels Parlament Noam Chen / Israeli Ministry of Tourism / flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
Der Wahlkampf in Israel 2021
Wahlen werden erneut rechts entschieden
Flagge Jordanien Ibrahim Owais / flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Jordanien als Partner deutscher Nahostpolitik
Die neue diplomatische Dynamik im Nahen Osten sollte Deutschland gemeinsam mit Jordanien nutzen. Für eine Verstetigung der Partnerschaft bedarf es jedoch demokratischer Fortschritte...
Blick auf das Zentrum von Tripolis, Libyen Ziad Fhema / flickr / CC BY 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Libya's fateful year
Where does Libya stand one year after the Berlin Libya Conference?
Doha, Qatar Kris Krüg / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Ein Ende der Golf-Krise?
Zur Wiederannäherung zwischen Katar und seinen Nachbarn
Blick auf den Manger-Platz in Bethlehem Ben & Gab / flickr / CC BY 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Weihnachten und Corona im Heiligen Land
201216 2 Tunesien Proteste Demonstrationen Arabischer Frühling Tunis Protests Demonstrations Arab Spring Amine GHRABI / flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0
Tunisia and the Arab Spring
Country Report in German available only
Die Proteste sind eine bemerkenswerte Politisierung in einer allgemeinen Atmosphäre der Frustration und Abwendung von der Politik. Konstantin Rintelmann
Die Protestkultur im Libanon
Libanons Sonderweg seit dem Ausbruch des Arabischen Frühlings
10 Jahre Arabischer Frühling (Cover) shamsnn / flickr / CC BY 2.0
10 years of the "Arab Spring" - 10 years of war in Syria
From Public Protests to A Global Proxy War - A Review
amman-jordan-city-travel-architecture-building-urban-cityscape-flag https://www.needpix.com/photo/1899539
Jordaniens Parlamentswahlen in Krisenzeiten
Stagnation des demokratischen Prozesses
Blick durch einen Torbogen der algerischen Stadt Sidi Abdellah Habib Kaki / flickr / Public Domain
Algeria's Cautious Political Opening
Country report in German available only

Media library

Interview Deutschlandfunk
Hintergründe der "Palast-Krise" in Jordanien
Dr. Edmund Ratka, Leiter des Auslandsbüros in Jordanien, über die aktuelle Lage im Interview mit dem Deutschlandfunk, 07.April 2021.
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10 years since the Arab Spring and the Egyptian revolution
Interview with the Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany
Alaa Al-Aswani describes how he experienced this revolution, the state of authoritarian regimes in North Africa and the Middle East, and what role literature plays in politics.
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Gespräch mit dem Ex-Botschafter in Syrien & Tunesien
Deutschlands Nahostpolitik 10 Jahre nach dem Arabischen Frühling
Dr. Andreas Reinecke über die Bedeutung Tunesiens für Deutschland sowie die Handlungsoptionen für die deutsche und europäische Nahost- & Nordafrikapolitik.
Salah Malkawi/UNDP/Flickr/CC 2.0
Wie der Arabische Frühling doch wiederkehren könnte
Trotz Krieg gibt es Hoffnung auf Besserung, berichtet unser Büroleiter in Syrien/Irak,Gregor Jaecke, im Gastbeitrag auf t-online.
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Podcast, Episode 4
„From Beirut to Baghdad – Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ (Episode 4)
Interview with Sam Dagher, journalist and author, on the the Arab Spring in Syria and Iraq and what is left of the demands and hopes of 2011.
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