Konstantin Rintelmann

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Political paralysis at the brink of an economic collapse

by Valentina von Finckenstein

The immense challenges for Lebanon grow with its political inability to act
The killing of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani complicates the already stagnating formation of a government in Lebanon that has been pending for months. Hassan Diab is struggling with considerable domestic hurdles, but seems nevertheless determined not to step down. Political leadership is urgently needed: not only to implement economic reforms, but also in view of regional tensions. At the same Lebanon is sliding further into an economic crisis, the sheer scale of which politicians are only now beginning to understand. The failure of the central bank and politicians to mitigate the pervasive uncertainty by clear communication has severely damaged confidence in the currency, banks and financial system.

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Development of the Middle East Gas: Opportunities & Challenges

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung did publish, together with the Director of the Regional Forum for Consultancy and Studies, Brigadier General Khaled Hamadeh, the following report about “Development of the Middle East Gas: Opportunities and Challenges” with the aim of assessing the security situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, identifying the risks facing the gas industry loop from exploration to extraction and exportation, forecasting expected realistic scenarios, and coming up with recommendations that could be valuable for decision makers in the public and in the oil and gas sector. The content of the report was discussed afterwards with a selection of politicians, experts and academics within a joint workshop.
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Erschütterung des libanesischen Machtfundaments

by Malte Gaier, Valentina von Finckenstein, Fatma Khanjar

Wohin steuern die jüngsten Massenproteste den Libanon?
Aus einer spontanen Protestansammlung, wie sie in den letzten Wochen im Libanon verstärkt auftrat, entwickelten sich am Abend des 17.10.2019 innerhalb weniger Stunden die möglicherweise größten Proteste, die das Land in seiner jüngeren Geschichte erlebt hat.

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Call for proposals 2020 - Deadline 15 September, 2019.

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Policy Paper on Cybersecurity in the Middle East and North Africa

The expanding threat landscape of cyber-attacks in the MENA region amounts not only to high economic losses, but endangers critical infrastructure and bears considerable political costs. Effective cybersecurity requires new ways of thinking, ranging from approaching cyber security in a comprehensive way, to grasping its geopolitical potential and building a culture of cyber hygiene for human resources and the general public. This paper combines the key insights from the recent international KAS workshop on MENA cybersecurity with an analysis of MENA's most pressing issues and the essential current developments in cyber conflict.

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Paper: Middle East Energy and Geopolitics

The world is moving towards a decarbonized energy system. Renewable energy is expanding dramatically and so is the demand for natural gas. In light of the growing energy demand worldwide, natural gas as the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon can represent a bridging fuel in the transition to decarbonised energy markets given its environmental advantages and the role of gas in backing up the intermittent renewable power generation. The conference “Middle East Energy & Geopolitics” organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and Maison du Futur discussed future opportunities and challenges of the energy transformation in the region. In this paper, KAS PhD scholar Isabel Weiss covers the key topics discussed during the sessions and includes additional insights to complement the issues revolving around energy security for Europe and geopolitical changes.

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Infographic: Economic perceptions amidst challenges

In December 2018 the Lebanese economy was on the brink of collapse. How did the Lebanese assess the economy of their country and their own financial situation in these times of challenge?

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Informationen zur Lage syrischer Flüchtlinge im Libanon

by Malte Gaier, Hana Nasser

In diesem Jahr befinden sich weltweit knapp 69 Millionen Menschen aufgrund von Bürgerkriegen, Verfolgung, Naturkatastrophen oder Armut auf der Flucht.1 Die größte Flüchtlingskrise seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg wurde durch den syrischen Bürgerkrieg ausgelöst, durch den bis Anfang Januar 2019 über zwölf Millionen Menschen vertrieben wurden,2 von denen 5,6 Millionen Zuflucht in Nachbarländern fanden.3

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Country Report 19-01-14 Government Formation in Lebanon – Key Aspects of Internal Obstacles

Since the elections of last year, Lebanon has been waiting for a new government to be formed. The challenges of the expected new government are numerous. This document reflects the major internal obstacles in the government formation.

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CEDRE Conference: Needed Reforms – From Text to Implementation

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Democratic Renewal Movement published together a policy paper, titled “CEDRE Conference: Needed Reforms – From Text to Implementation”.