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.

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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.

Studying Democratic Values

Students in West Bank and Jordan enjoy lessons on Equality and Tolerance

At the end of May 2008, the first school year in the classroom program on Civic Education, developed in the framework of the EU co-funded project "Civic Education as a Leverage for Peace" and implemented by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and its partners, has almost finished. Between May 19th and May 22nd, 2008, project director Dr. Lars Hänsel and project manager Annika Lübke visited students and teachers in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Jordan. Alessandro Campo from the EC delegation to Jordan, Thomas Birringer, representative of KAS Ramallah, and Gerrit Schlomach from KAS Amman accompanied the project team on part of the visits.

Tackling the shared Challenges of Climate Change

KAS/CSEPS/MFA Workshop on Future of EU/Israel Relations

In the framework of its series of round table workshops on the future of the relations between Israel and the EU, KAS together with its partners, the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society at Ben-Gurion University and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized a working group meeting of leading scientists and officials from Israel and EU on the shared challenges posed by climate change. In the above pdf-file we are documenting the workshop's proceedings and recommendations. The recommendations of this forum will be submitted to the EU-Israel reflection group.

African Refugees - a new Challenge for Israel

KAS/Minerva Human Rights Forum

In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Minerva Center for Human Rights organized this year’s second meeting of the academic forum on human rights issues by inviting Adv. Anat Ben Dor and Adv. Yochi Genessin to discuss the situation of the Refugees from Africa in Israel and the State’s Treatment of asylum seekers. See the above pdf file for a detailed report by Catherine Hirschwitz.

Empowering Immigrant Women

KAS/IWN Workshop

The annual conference of the “Eshet Chayil” project (in Hebrew: Successful Women) took place at Beit Dany in Tel Aviv on March 16, 2008. More than 300 immigrant women representing Caucasian and Bukharian communities from all over Israel attended the event which was organized by the Israel Women’s Network in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Exchange of Experience between chairpersons of Knesset and Bundestag

Program in Germany for Israeli politicians

On invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung a delegation of chairpersons of Knesset committees visited Germany from January, 13-20, 2008. The delegation was headed by Menachem Ben Sasson of the Kadima Party, who chairs the Committee for Constitution, Law, and Justice. The delegation was composed of members of Kadima (David Tal) and of the coalition partners Gil (Itshac Galantee) and Israel Beteinu (Sofa Landver). Moreover, for the first time a member of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, Amnon Cohen, joined a KAS delegation. Cohen is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. The trip aimed at supporting dialogue between the German and the Israeli Parliament, establishing personal contacts between parliamentarians, especially between chairpersons of committees. Thus, the goal was to provide a platform for the exchange of experience concerning the proceedings in the respective Parliaments.

Reality Check for the "Future Vision" Documents

KAS/KAP Conference

One year ago Arab intellectuals and members of several NGOs in Israel met and published a number of documents under the title of "The Future Vision of Palestinian-Arabs in Israel". The documents present a completely new position of Israeli Arabs vis-à-vis the State of Israel. The phrasing aims no longer at the submissive integration into Israel’s Jewish society hoping for equal treatment in return. On the contrary, it challenges the Jewish character of the State of Israel demanding the acknowledgement of the Arab minority as an autonomous entity with a particular culture and separate laws. These documents received divided attention. First, they were discussed in public, before – intentionally or not – public interest faded away. However, KAS and its Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation understood this as a watershed event in the history of the Arab citizens of Israel and possibly for the character of the state. Therefore, we decided to closely follow the repercussions of these documents on a continuing basis.

A Landmark for Freedom and Justice

Symposium on the the Contribution of the Eichmann Trial to International Criminal Law

Hardly any other case tried in an Israeli court has had as far-reaching implications as the 1961 Eichmann trial. This was emphasized during a symposium organized by KAS Jerusalem and its partner, the Minerva Center for Human Rights. International experts and approximately 200 participants discussed how the trial influenced the development of both international criminal law and socio-psychological identities in Israel and the world. The symposium was held to honor Gabriel Bach, the deputy prosecutor in the Eichmann trial, who celebrated his 80th Birthday. Justice Bach has been a close partner of KAS Jerusalem for many years.

Towards an ever closer Partnership

KAS/CSEPS/MFA Workshop on Future of EU/Israel Relations

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs are holding a series of round tables which aim to come up with new ways and models for an ever-closer partnership between Israel and the EU under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). It includes five two-day workshops which focus on the issues of: climate change; higher education; economic relations and industrial cooperation; approximation of legislation, norms and standards and immigration.The first workshop in this series of round tables focused on the subject of economic relations and industrial cooperation. It brought together a group of experts in specific economic fields who reflected together on the next steps in strengthening the Israeli-European relations. The recommendations and policy-oriented papers of this forum will be submitted to the EU-Israel reflection group and thus will contribute to the formal process of further economic integration between the parties.

Looking beyond the Paris Donors’ Conference

KAS/IPCRI Economic Working Group

Prior to the donors' conference in Paris a joint team of Israeli and Palestinian business experts met at the invitation of KAS Jerusalem and its partner IPCRI on Dec. 11, 2008 to analyze and discuss the "Palestinian Reform Development Plan" (PRDP) which was presented to the donor community. A central issue was the question how this positive plan is actually feasable and where to set priorities.

Successful Beginning of the Classroom Program on Civic Education in Jordan

Visit to Jordanian Schools participating in KAS/EU project on Civic Education

Since the beginning of the new school year 2007/2008, five Jordanian schools from Hesban, Amman and Zarqa are applying the Classroom Program on Civic Education, developed in the framework of the EU co-funded project "Utilizing Middle Eastern Civic Education as a Leverage for Peace" which is implemented by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Jerusalem together with its partners in Israel, the Palestinian Autonomous Territories and Jordan.