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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.

Online-Seminar

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.

Online-Seminar

The European Union as a political actor in the Philippines

First Session of the series: Democratic trends in ASEAN

Online-Seminar

“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.

Online-Seminar

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.

Seminar

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.

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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).

Online-Seminar

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.

Online-Seminar

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?

A comprehensive versus a principled approach

opportunities and risks for EU humanitarian assistance

The expert roundtable aimed to promote a discussion among European policy-makers and representatives of the humanitarian community on the establishment of an EU ‘Comprehensive Approach’ (CA). This report summarizes the four main topics discussed during the expert roundtable: the rationale behind the establishment of an EU Comprehensive Approach, the independent status of DG ECHO within the European institutional framework, the possible challenges and opportunities of an EU ‘Comprehensive Approach,’ and the relationship between the principled approach and the human rights based approach.

Post-Wall Europe needs to become “Europe for all”

State of Europe with Herman Van Rompuy

24 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy expressed in Berlin his concerns over the challenges Europe is facing today. In front of 600 invited people at the Allianz Forum in Berlin, Van Rompuy warned against growing populism on the European continent and the rising of distrust. “Populism and nationalism cannot provide the answer to the challenges of our time”.

Supporting political parties for democracy – food for thought for European actors

Event report of the ENoP lunch time roundtable discussion

Stakeholders from DG DEVCO of the European Commission, the European Partnership for Democracy and the European Network of Political Foundations (ENoP) met in Brussels in order to launch ENoP's first policy paper. The event was organized by ENoP together with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and other members of the working group “Democracy” of ENoP.

EU-Japan cooperation at the nexus of security and development

The expert roundtable organized jointly by the country office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Tokyo and the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels featured a speech by Prof. Dr. Andreas Berkofsky (European Japan Advanced Research Network) on his recent research on EU-Japan cooperation in the presence of representatives from the Embassy of Japan to the European Union as well as the European External Action Service.

Azerbaijani delegation of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament visited Brussels

DEMOCRACY STARTS WITH YOU!

15 young representatives of the South Caucasus Youth Parliament visited Brussels from 18 to 23 February 2013 in the context of a study tour which has been organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Foundations Multinational Development Policy Dialogue.The overall objective of this visit was to raise awareness among the students aged be-tween 15 and 18, of the functioning of the EU institutions, in particular the European Parliament, and other international organizations.

Populism as global phenomenon in todays' politics

Expert Conference “Populism within Europe and beyond its borders”

Populism is a complex phenomenon with practical relevance, which not only in Europe has become firmly established. This clear evaluation was the result of an expert conference organized by the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Brussels, which took place on 15 and 16 December 2012.

Art Exhibition: “Tell me the story about your shoes“

The life of Women in Palestine

The vernissage of the exhibition took place on January 23rd and was organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ulrika Eller-Rüter and Dr. Lydia Thorn-Wickert. The event was an opportunity gain an insight view into the lives of Palestinian women.

Ensuring food security in times of climate change and politically fragile environments

Event Report

Indian Chief Economists’ Visit to Brussels and Luxemburg

THE EURO CRISIS AND EU-INDIA RELATIONS

Event report

Having a Closer Look at Israeli-EU Relations

A Study Trip to Brussels with Young Israeli Diplomats

What about Europe's role in international politics? What lessons can the European Union draw from the financial and economic crisis? And what is the current state of Israeli-European relations? Those questions were discussed during a five-day study tour to Brussels for a number of young Israeli diplomats from various ministries, the city of Tel Aviv-Jaffo, as well as members from the Polish and the Dutch Embassy, respectively, in late March.

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