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 Foundation 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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Topic pages of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

We are significantly involved in the following KAS-wide thematic pages. Here you will regularly find various contributions (including publications and events) from our department.



Dr. Canan Atilgan

Dr. Canan Atilgan

Head of the Department Middle East and North Africa

canan.atilgan@kas.de +49 30 26996-3201


Team member

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
Team member

Simon Engelkes

Simon  Engelkes bild

Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

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

Lukas Kupfernagel

Lukas Kupfernagel bild

Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

lukas.kupfernagel@kas.de +49 30 26996-3849 +49 30 26996-53849
Team member

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

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

Publications to the topic

40 Jahre KAS Israel
40 Jahre vertrauensvolle Zusammenarbeit und starke Partnerschaft
Das Auslandsbüro Israel der KAS feiert Geburtstag
The Agony of Choice – Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2020’s KAS
The Agony of Choice
Political Participation in the Middle East and North Africa in the 2020's
Lokalwahlen im Westjordanland (Symbolbild) Kremlin.ru / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0
Lokalwahlen im Westjordanland
Im Westjordanland fanden am 26. März 2022 Lokalwahlen in den größten Städten und Gemeinden statt
Der jorandische König Abdullah II. hält eine Rede vor dem europäischen Parlament 2020. Bildquelle: CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2020– Source: EP European Union 2020– Source: EP/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Jordaniens Einfluss auf den Nahost-Konflikt
Jordanien-Experte Dr. Edmund Ratka zum Besuch des jordanischen Königs Abdullah II. in Deutschland
Checkpoint Ramallah Flickr / Agnóstico Fotográfico / CC by 2.0
Ein Sicherheitsapparat ohne Gewaltmonopol
Die Palästinensische Autonomiebehörde (PA) steht in enger Sicherheitskooperation mit dem israelischen Militär.
Parlamentswahlen im Irak - Wahlurne Shutterstock / Sadik Gulec
Crisis of legitimacy or glimmer of hope?
Iraq ahead of the parliamentary elections on October 10th, 2021
Ümit Özdağ
Neue nationalistische Partei in der Türkei
Zafer Partisi – Partei des Sieges?
Naftali Bennett und Jair Lapid Reuters / Ronen Zvulun
Israel: Zwei Monate zwischen Kompromiss und Krise
Die Regierung Bennett-Lapid: „Koalition des Wandels“ oder politisches Kurzzeitexperiment?
Beirut ein Jahr nach der Explosion REUTERS/Imad Creidi
Erstarrte Ermittlungen – alles eine Frage der Immunität?
Die gewaltige Explosion des 4. August 2020, das Parlament und der Untersuchungsrichter – und ein Rechtsstaat, der nicht vorankommt.
Panorama der Hauptstadt Algeriens
Escaping the Blackbox – oder auch nicht?
Algerien nach den ersten Parlamentswahlen nach Bouteflika

Media library

A Closer Look: The New Tunisian Draft Constitution
A Closer Look: The New Tunisian Draft Constitution
On the 25th July 2022 Tunisia will be voting on a new draft constitution. What can we expect? We asked the experts: Prof. Salsabil Klibi, Saïd Bernabia and Dr. Malte Gaier.
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MD Talks II
La Régionalisation avancée pour une intégration régionale, gage de réussite pour le NMD
La régionalisation est plus qu'un moyen de décentralisation et de proximité. C'est une mise en valeur de la diversité des collectivités territoriales.
Podcast, Episode 6
„A Seat at the Table - Women in Iraq and Academia with Hadeel Abdulhameed“ (Episode 6)
In this episode, we discuss culture, gender studies, the Tishreen Movement and the impact created by her scholary network, IWAN.
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La Digitalisation, Levier stratégique du Nouveau Modèle de Développement
“La digitalisation est bien plus qu’un moyen de dématérialisation, mais un outil qui joue en faveur des principes de la transparence, l’ouverture et la redevabilité”
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Le Maroc, une terre de coexistence: Hommage à André Azoulay
Steffen Krueger ehrt André Azoulay im Rahmen des von KAS Marokko organisierten Ftour Talk unter dem Thema "Marokko, Land der Koexistenz".