Events - Multinational Development Policy Dialogue Brussels
Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union
Today, 1st July 2020, Germany takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the next six months.
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.
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?
Inter-Libyan Dialogue: efficiency and outcomes
Future Dialogue on Libya #1
This event is part of an online seminar series entitled “Future Dialogue on Libya: Insights on the Libyan crisis and ways forward”. This online event will allow for a constructive conversation on what these efforts on Libya entail, what motivation the foreign key actors have to get involved in the mediation, how Libyan stakeholders react to the prospect of the latest inter-Libyan talks and what are its chances of success. It is a joint initiative by KAS MDPD and KAS Regional Programme Political Dialogue South Mediterranean.
EU-China economic relations
in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its tremendous impact on economies around the world, this webinar is to bring together Chinese and European experts to discuss macroeconomic and crisis policy measures taken during the pandemic, both in the EU and China, as well as cooperation potential between both sides to boost the recovery of their own and global economy considering the current geopolitical intergovernmental relations and developments (e.g. EU-China and US-China relations, trade and investment issues etc.).
Ways out of the European-Cambodian Relations Crisis
Discussing solutions for the strained European-Cambodian relations
The roundtable will gather a selected group of experts from Cambodia and the EU in order to discuss the recent EBA withdrawal, future outlooks for Cambodia’s EBA status, how Europe’s relations with Cambodia can be improved through possible trust building activities and what impact the current relations will have on the ASEM meeting in May 2021 hosted by Cambodia. It is our aim to discuss and develop constructive and forward-looking approaches to improve and strengthen the relation between Cambodia and the EU.
Towards a more comprehensive EU Approach to engage with political parties
Expert discussion under Chatham House rule
Political parties are key instruments in achieving power in a representative democracy. This is the main reason why governments and political elites in all countries are highly sensitive to the cooperation of foreign actors with political parties. Through political party cooperation programs, the EU and European stakeholders develop trusting and supportive relationships with future political leaders, irrespective of the ruling government and any potential political changes.
Supporting Participative Democracy at the Local Level: Experiences from Ukraine and Moldova
The European Association for Local Democracy in cooperation with K onrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and theKettering Foundation
Local authorities are facing challenges to deliver sustainable solutions for their communities in a differentiated society and complex environment aggravated by on-going global pandemic. Enhancing participative democracy is thus a key to jointly develop efficient tools and instruments. Through this project ALDA together with Local Democracy Agencies, local authorities and civil society increased capacities and enhanced knowledge on participative approaches to jointly develop sustainable solutions in the selected cities and communities in Ukraine and Moldova.
Co-ordination and trust-building in the Sahel-Region - a partnership in the making
SAHEL Security Digital Dialogue Series: Seminar #1
Following repeated calls for better coordination and cooperation by G5 Sahel member state representatives, analysts and civil society organisations and the creation of a Sahel Coalition by French President Macron, European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Sahel Ángel Losada recently stated that coordination 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 coordination? 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?
EU's Connectivity Strategy with Japan
Norms and Standards towards Sustainability
The European Union has committed itself to cooperating with like-minded partners to promote a holistic and sustainable approach to connectivity – in fiscal, economic, social and environmental terms. Boosting connectivity across continents on the one hand requires vast investments. This financing need becomes particularly salient for the EU’s Strategy when put into perspective with competing connectivity schemes, such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative. On the other hand, connectivity is about setting norms and standards. As the world is getting ever more interconnected, governments have to set the legal and technical terms for future transport, energy, digital and people-to-people connectivity. In the future, political influence will to a large degree depend on an international actor’s ability to define and promote these standards. As the world’s biggest single market and transparent rule-making multilateral body, it is imperative for the EU to gain a leading role in this dimension of the global connectivity arena. In this session of the Indo-Pacific Roundtable Series, we pose the following questions: Where do we see the importance of norms and standards at work in specific connectivity projects? To what extent is the EU’s Connectivity Strategy centred on the promotion of norms and standards? In September 2019, the EU launched its “Partnership on Sustainable Connectivity and Quality Infrastructure” with Japan. What advantages does this partnership bring and which other schemes could the EU Strategy cooperate with? Is the promise of being part of a global community of shared norms and standards an attractive “selling point” for the EU’s Connectivity Strategy? If not, what would need to change about the Strategy and its communication? Can the EU hold true on its promise of being a driving force in the setting of norms and standards for future connectivity?