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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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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Lukas Kupfernagel

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Desk Officer in the Department Middle East and North Africa

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

Panorama der Hauptstadt Algeriens
Escaping the Blackbox – oder auch nicht?
Algerien nach den ersten Parlamentswahlen nach Bouteflika
Frauen an der Wahlurne im Iran Reuters / Wana News Agency
Präsidentschaftswahl im Iran 2021
Von Wächterrat, Wahlboykott und Wettbewerbsverzerrung
Damaskus REUTERS / Khaled Al Hariri
One choice in Damascus
The presidency in Syria has already been decided
Präsident Joe Biden Pentagon Fotocollage mit Material von The White House/Adam Schultz und Ziad Fhema / flickr / CC BY 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Biden‘s Libya Policy
US government relies on diplomacy and multilateralism in Libya
Palästinensische Flagge im Wind Kate Nevens / flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0
Neue Hoffnung oder erneute Enttäuschung?
Die Palästinensischen Gebiete und die Biden-Administration
Bildcollage mit Präsident Joe Biden vor der der US-amerikanischen und der jemenitischen Flagge sowie einer Stadtansicht von Sanaa Fotocollage mit Material von The White House/Adam Schultz und Rod Waddington / flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 / creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
"This war has to end"
100 Tage Biden und Perspektiven für eine Konfliktlösung im Jemen
Ein Soldat der US-Streitkräfte im Irak sitzt auf der Treppe eines Militärfahrzeugs eines Konvois. Flickr/DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke, the U.S. Army/CC BY 2.0
Iraq – Between battlefield and anchor of stability
100 Days of Biden administration in Iraq
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?

Media library

KAS & Curious
Interview with Sebastian Sons
n the newest episode of KAS & Curious, our guest is Sebastian Sons, the author of the study "A new “Pivot to the Maghreb” or “more of the same”? The transformative shift of the Gulf...
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Monarchie in Jordanien
Kammerflimmern in Amman
Jordanien feiert zum hundertjährigen Bestehen seine Stabilität und muss sich doch neu justieren.
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KAS & Curious
Interview with Samuel Ramani
Within the framework of KAS & Curious, we interviewed Samuel Ramani, the author of the newest edition of Spotlight on Sudan.
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Konflikt zwischen Israel und der Hamas
Dr. Alexander Brakel im Interview mit Phoenix
Dr. Alexander Brakel, Büroleiter der KAS Israel, spricht im Interview mit Phoenix über die Hintergründe des Konflikts zwischen Israel und der Hamas.
Gewalteskalation in Israel/Palästina
Jordanien und der Nahostkonflikt
In diesem Video erklärt Büroleiter Dr. Ratka die Bedeutung des Hashemitischen Königreichs im Kontext des Nahostkonflikts in historischer, gesellschaftl. und politischer Hinsicht.