Reimagining Democracy
The Yaron Ezrahi Conference on Democracy



Reimagining Democracy
The Yaron Ezrahi Conference on Democracy
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Syria after the Arab Spring: War, Identity, and Generational Change

You are cordially invite you to attend the third virtual meeting of the KAS/MDC Hiwar Forum for Intra-Regional Dialogue

Syria was often described as the “last bastion of Arab nationalism.” It took an active part in all military confrontations against Israel since 1948 and continues to play a vital rule in the “axis of resistance” that serves as the main link between Iran and Hizballah. How-ever, the Syrian war, which has devastated Syria, has changed Syria’s political dynamics. In our dialogue we will speak with two Syrians who have experienced the Syrian war, the Syrian transition and have found themselves doing their part to create a new dis-course in the region. *This event is being held under the Chatham House Rule.

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Online Conference- Climate Change and National Security: Implications for Israel and the Middle East

The INSS and KAS Israel are pleased to invite you to an online conference on the impact of climate change on the Middle East and the challenges to national security.

The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel (KAS Israel) are pleased to invite you to an online conference on the impact of climate change on the Middle East and the challenges to national security.


Debating Matters to us 2020 Online Tournament

This year, KAS Israel partnered with EcoPeace Middle East, DM2US and the Swedish International Development Agency to build and implement a three-day tournament final focusing on some of the most pressing environmental issues affecting Israel and the region.


COVID-19: Exploration of Potential Systemic Changes to the Global Order

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel would like to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Israel Council on Foreign Relations/ Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-Israel Essay Contest

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel would like to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Israel Council on Foreign Relations/Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs /Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-Israel Essay Contest on "COVID-19: Exploration of Potential Systemic Changes to the Global Order." We received dozens of entries and are proud to co-present the top three with our partners at ICFR: 1st Place: Moshe Kwiat for his essay "Pandemics, Grey Zone Warfare, and (Inter)National Security" 2nd Place: Rachel Gould and M. Kate Gallagher for their essay "We Can Do Better: Opportunities to Adopt a New Economic Paradigm Thanks to the COVID-19 Pandemic" 3rd Place: Natan Chernin (not pictured) for his essay "The Threat of the Bio Lone Wolf on National Security: A Covid-19 Perspective" These three essays will be published in the summer issue of The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. We congratulate the winners and want to thank everyone who took part!

Expert conference

Populism & Policy

Global Populist Trends applied to Common Policy Problems 

On December 9th, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Israel Democracy Institute will host their third workshop on Populism.

Expert conference

Russia in the Middle East

Strategic Implications of Russia’s Involvement in the Middle East

The INSS Russia Program, in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Israel,invites you to an international conference Among the conference topics: Russia in the international arena, Russia in the Middle East, and the relationship with Israel Panels open to the public and closed forums with leading experts from Russia,EU, and Israel More details to follow

Expert conference

The Annual National Security Conference

On November 25-26, 2019 the National Security and Democracy Program at IDI will hold its annual conference in Jerusalem in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung

Study and Information Program

SImon Veil Research Centre and KAS Israel: Study Tour of Poland

The study program will focus on Poland as a member of the European Union, its European integration process and current developments in the Polish society such as euro-skepticism, populism and anti-democratization trends. We will discuss the connection between the distant past of Poland, its role in World War II, the communist past, the westward turn, the rise of the right, its approach toward minorities, the place of the Jews, and its connection with Israel.

Expert conference

Arms Control Conference and Experts Forum

The INSS Arms Control and Regional Security Program, in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, will hold the annual Arms Control Conference and Experts Forum on November 11-12, 2019 at INSS.

Expert conference

Israeli Diplomacy in the Age of Ascendant Authoritarianism

Together with the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (which operates under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress), the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel organizes the conference "Israeli Diplomacy in the Age of Ascendant Authoritarianism" on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute 43 Jabotinsky Street, Jerusalem Conference Hall.

The Legalisation of male circumcision in Germany: Dilemmas and alternatives

Guest lecture by Dr. Ayelet Banai

On 7 January 2013 the KAS office Israel and the Helmut Kohl Institute in the European Forum of the Hebrew University Jerusalem organised a guest lecture by Dr. Ayelet Banai (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University) on the legalisation of male circumcision in Germany. Dr. Banai spoke in her lecture about the complications that explicit legalisation would bring, and explored possible alternatives including unresolved issues.

Israeli Views on the Middle East Conflict

Results of a Dahaf Institute Survey

During a conference co-organised by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and KAS Israel on December 20, 2012, Dr. Mina Tzemach (Director, Dahaf Public Opinion Research Institute) presented the results of a recent Dahaf poll on latest trends in Israeli public opinion with regard to the Middle East conflict.

Conduct of Hostilities and Law Enforcement: A Contradiction in Terms?

The 7th Annual Minerva / ICRC / KAS Conference on International Humanitarian Law

The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, gathered in Jerusalem 24 scholars and practitioners on 4-5 December 2012 to address the complex and increasingly significant topic of the interplay between two distinct legal regimes: the conduct of hostilities regime, derived from International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the law enforcement regime, derived mainly from human rights law.

Arab Politics in Israel and the 19th Knesset Elections

A Conference on November 27, 2012 at Tel Aviv University

On January 22, 2013, Israel will hold elections for the 19th session of the Knesset, the legislative branch of the Israeli government. The elections follow a period of upheaval in the Arab world beginning with the “Arab Spring” of 2011, which witnessed the rise to power of Islamic groups in Egypt and Tunisia, and a period of socio-economic protest in Israel in the summer of 2011.

Green Cities - Where is the incentive?

Civil society commitment in the field of environmental protection

“Green Cities - Where is the incentive?” was the topic for a roundtable discussion jointly organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel and the Union for Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI) on November 12, 2012. The event was part of this year’s Israeli-German Sisters Cities Conference “Partner Cities Embraced in Friendship”. Focusing on sustainable urban development, the discussants particularly turned to the meaning of the civil society at the local level.


In praise of a tried and tested partnership

On October 17, 2012, the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) and KAS Israel organised a debate on “Palestinian-Israeli Joint Initiatives for Peace: Past, Present and Future Perspectives”. In his opening remarks, Michael Mertes, director of the KAS’s Israel Office, paid tribute to the longstanding cooperation between IPCRI and KAS.

The “Berlin Document” by the International Council of Christians and Jews

Its importance for Christians and Jews in the Holy Land

On 6 September 2012, a remarkable and well received conference was held on Christian-Jewish relations, organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel (KAS) in collaboration with the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), the Jerusalem Center for Jewish Christian Relationships (JCJCR) and the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ).

Getting the Young Generation Involved into Politics

Israelis and Germans Share Their Views

A group of young politicians from Thuringia, Germany, met with peers from the Likud party on August 15, 2012. They came together for a seminar hosted by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel, dealing with “Development of party structures and policy development”.

Environmental Policies in Israel and Palestine

Promoting joint consultations

The workshop jointly organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) on August 27, 2012 provided a dialogue on the “Role of incentives and disincentives in creating effective environmental policy and promoting good environmental behavior in the shared environment of Israel and Palestine”. The event aimed to initiate an open exchange between both Israeli and Palestinian representatives from politics, science and civil society as well as to facilitate cross-border cooperation in the medium and long run.

Germany and Germans in Jerusalem

The Rediscovery of a Forgotten Heritage

About 200 people followed the invitation to an exciting and informative event titled “Germany and the Germans in Jerusalem” at the Konrad Adenauer Conference Center in Jerusalem, August 14. The conference was jointly organized by the German Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Israel (KAS), Mishkenot Sha'ananim and the Jerusalem Foundation. It illustrated how much Germans contributed to shaping Palestine as well as the city of Jerusalem and other cities in the Holy Land in the 19th and early 20th century.