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Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation Open Day 2021

„Politics and trust“

The work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation: focusing on participation, representation, security, and innovation.


Joint Working Group: International & EU Water Diplomacy – In Focus: The Euphrates-Tigris River Basin

Third Iteration of the Exclusive Joint Working Group (JWG) Series

Set against the backdrop of transboundary water resource politics, the Henry L. Stimson Center and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) upcoming Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting—third iteration in a series—aims to incorporate diverse perspectives and maximize opportunities for greater understanding of the past, present and future of hydrodiplomacy in the Euphrates-Tigris (E-T) river basin. The JWG will assess the successes and failures of transboundary cooperation initiatives and existing institutional mechanisms in the E-T, reflect upon the positions of Turkey, Iraq and Syria in regional hydrodiplomacy, and address how growing water scarcity and power asymmetries may compromise future water cooperation ambitions in the region. The discussion will also invite a strategic reflection of EU water diplomacy and its engagement in the E-T. The JWG participants will together engender an insight into key areas where the EU can play a pivotal role in enabling an effective and cohesive system of transboundary water resource governance in the region.


The European Union as a political actor in the Philippines

First Session of the series: Democratic trends in ASEAN


“No peace under the Shea tree – Climate change and conflicts in the Sahel: Debunking the myths”

Launch of KAS-Policy Report

On 4 March 2021, the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of KAS and Delina Goxho, Independent Security Policy Analyst, launched a new report on “Climate change and conflicts in the Sahel: Debunking the myths”, assembling policy makers, experts and a wider policy-community in a public webinar. The report argues that the relationship between climate change and conflicts (the climate/conflict nexus) in the Sahel is not as straightforward as it is being claimed within policy circles. Climate-induced resource scarcity does not seem to be the determining factor behind rising insecurity in the Sahel. It is incapable, unwilling or predatory state institutions instead that contribute to regional conflicts.


Joint Working Group on International and EU Water Diplomacy - In Focus: Central Asia

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) & the EastWest Institute (EWI): second iteration of the exclusive Joint Working Group (JWG) series

On January 27, 2021 the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the EastWest Institute (EWI) held the second iteration of their exclusive Joint Working Group (JWG) series—launched last year—on EU’s water diplomacy with respect to the three most water-stressed regions in the world: the Himalayas, Central Asia, and the Euphrates-Tigris. The second convening of the JWG was devoted to Central Asia, a region known for its broad and capacious transboundary river systems shared by the upstream countries, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, and the downstream countries, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan.


Third Atelier of the Sahel Security Dialogue Series

Does Ownership Mean Ownership for All?

In order to unpick the different interpretations of ownership, we wish to gather a small number of stakeholders from MINUSMA, the G5 Joint Force, EUTM, the EEAS and the French, German and British governments to discuss what challenges they see with the EUSR vision and how to bridge differences, in order to make security interventions in the region more effective. Building partner capacity is not just a technical endeavour, but it has a significant political component: how do Sahelian states and regional organisations account for such political component? Should external intervening forces behave differently with regard to ownership and participate more or less in political decision-making? In this third and final atelier of our Sahel Security Dialogue Series we will be delving deeper into questions of ownership and political legitimacy and explore some of the concerns from both a Sahelian and European angle. This event is jointly organised by the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of KAS Brussels and Delina Goxho, Independent Security Analyst.


The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Reshaped Geopolitics and the Role of the EU

The recent developments in and around Nagorno-Karabakh represent a challenge to the security architecture of Europe as a whole. While it may be tempting for the EU to dismiss the newly redrawn borders in the South Caucasus as a matter of little importance, the map of Europe has been changed by force in a matter of weeks. As with such changes previously, the consequences of that may be felt for years to come. This event is jointly organised by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the Multinational Policy Development Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Brussels.

Expert talk

The External Dimension of the European Green Deal

Prospects for Cooperation with (Re)Emerging Powers

The European Green Deal is the main roadmap of the EU Commission for energy transition and for tackling climate change. First and foremost, it defines internal plans and strategies for the EU that will also have global effects. For promoting the global public good, the EU will need partners to jointly work with. The Green Deal Diplomacy is in place since the end of 2019. What has changed in EU external action since the Green Deal was adopted? How is the EU perceived in matters of climate policy by its external partners since its adoption? A joint understanding of actions towards the common good will require the EU to exchange ideas and policy plans with critical partners. This is all the more necessary as COVID-19 is currently changing dynamics for any planning and for global partnerships. Based on brief input papers, the workshop will discuss with participants from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Russia: (a) Understandings of key requirements necessary for "green leadership" globally, (b) Partners’ perspectives on "greening" (including plans for re-building after the COVID-19 pandemic and what is known/planned already), and (c) Where are potential joint interests or disagreements with regard to partner countries and the EU's Green Deal? Which role should the EU have? The event will be a preparatory workshop that is aspiring to feed into a conference in 2021. It is organised by the ‘Managing Global Governance’ (MGG) programme of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in cooperation with the Finnish Institute for International Affairs (FIIA) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS).


Joint Working Group on International and EU Water Diplomacy - In Focus: the Himalayan Region

KAS & EWI - Joint Working Group series on the EU’s water diplomacy with respect to 3 key water-stressed regions: the Himalayas, Central Asia, and the Euphrates-Tigris.


Mitigating harm through collaboration – Protection of civilians in the Sahel

SAHEL Security Dialogue Series: Seminar #2

Following repeated calls for more effective protection of civilians by UN mission MINUSMA, and a number of organisations working in and on the region, European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Sahel Ángel Losada recently stated that human rights will be amongst the top EU priorities for the region. As the EU prepares to release its renewed Sahel Strategy, we intend to unpack some of the priorities identified by the EUSR and discuss them with counterparts in the region. What has worked so far in terms of respect for human rights? What is left to tackle? How can cooperation amongst very different actors be made more efficient in order to address some of the most pressing security threats in the Sahel?

Land Degradation, Climate Change and Migration

Challenges for the EU and Africa

This report gives a summary of the debate about the nexus land degradation, climate change and migration in the European and West African context, held in the European Parliament among high-ranking officials from international institutions and the European Commission. Amongst others, Mrs. Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, H.E. Mr. Hemou, Ambassador of ECOWAS to the EU, and Mr. Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG ENV, gave insights into the current policy field and upcoming challenges.

European Development Days 2016

Turning commitments into actions?

The report presents the highlights of the European Development Days 2016.

EU-Latin America Relations

Charting a course for the future

This conference report summarizes the main issues discussed by the participants of the conference EU-Latin America Relations, which was held in Brussels on 4 June 2015.

On the Right Path to paris?

Can Green Growth Be a New Narrative to Unblock a Climate Deal?

This publication synthetizes and reflects on the discussions conducted at the expert roundtable 'On the Right Path to Paris?', which took place in London in October 2014. It offers a perspective on the concept of 'green growth' and explores its potential as the foundation of a narrative that might change the global climate landscape ahead and beyond Paris 2015.

Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation

Strategy paper

This strategy paper summarizes the recommendations agreed by the participants of the workshop "Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation", organized by the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, g7+ and ILO on 30-31 March 2015 in Brussels. The participants from more than twenty countries agreed on eight recommendations to be taken into consideration by fragile states in their policies for job creation.

Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation

This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the conference "Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation". It approaches the link between employment and the consolidation of peace in the aftermath of conflicts and points out key-issues that must be taken into consideration by fragile states in the development of strategies for job creation.


A factor of instability or an opportunity for cooperation?

This publication summarizes the discussions held at the workshop “Water: a factor of instability or an opportunity for cooperation?”. The event aimed to provide a platform for dialogue and lessons learnt on a wide variety of challenges associated with transboundary water management, water diplomacy, and regional and multilateral cooperation on water governance. The event was attended by policy-makers, practitioners and experts.

What to expect from Lima? Regaining momentum on the road to Paris?

The event assessed the expectations of the negotiation parties regarding the outcomes of the COP-20 with key stakeholders in the global climate negotiations.

ISAF Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and the Emerging Security Challenges for Neighboring Central Asian States

Amid NATO’s decision to complete the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in December 2014 the central Asian region faces a period of apprehension. In this context, the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organised on 27th November 2013 the expert dinner roundtable 'ISAF Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and the Emerging Security Challenges for Neighbouring Central Asian States'. H.E. Ambassador Patricia Flor, European Union Special Representative for Central Asia, was the key-note speaker. This report summarizes the main discussion topics in the event.

China's foreign policy under Xi Jinping

In its 16th edition, the Informal Roundtable on China discussed the perspectives and perceptions from Europe and Chinese neighboring countries about China’s foreign policy under Xi Jinping. The present report summarizes the key issues discussed in the event: the priorities of the Chinese foreign policy under Xi Jinping; the bilateral relationship with the European Union; and the perceptions from neighboring countries.

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