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.






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.
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Stabilising the war economy of Libya

Policy recommendations for EU action

Finding sustainable solutions to stabilise the war economy of Libya requires a holistic approach. Key economic issues are linked to political processes and the highly complex security architecture in the country. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has increased its efforts to support economic reforms. In its policy recommendations for the European Union, a KAS task force similarly called for a broader and more coherent EU-approach in Libya. This briefing seeks to debate policy recommendations for the European Union to support Libya in stabilising its economy.


Strengthening Multilateralism – Challenges and Strategies

Opening of the KAS Multilateral Dialogue office in Geneva

For decades, the rules-based international order has provided a strong basis for prosperity and global conflict resolution. It also helped to shape widely accepted norms and increased living standards across economies, countries and peoples. While the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement continue the trend towards a joint global agenda, unilateral action, protectionism and populistic movements undermining the political consensus on global burden sharing are on the rise. It was thus very timely for Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel to stress at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the spirit of multilateralism which rebuilt Europe and formed the international institutions in the aftermath of the Second World War is under serious threat. Germany is deeply rooted in the rules-based international order and has an interest in fostering multilateralism and strengthening multilateral institutions. Moreover, challenges in an interconnected world have grown more complex and demand new approaches on sustaining peace and stability, sustainable development and economic growth. The imperative of the universal protection of human rights puts another important layer of responsibility on the international community. In this context, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) will organize a discussion event on “Strengthening Multilateralism – Challenges and Strategies” to foster the exchange on the global agenda between representatives from multilateral institutions, civil society and think tanks in order to develop new avenues of cooperation and strategies for common action. The keynote speech will be held by Hermann Gröhe, Deputy Chairman of CDU/CSU-Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairman of KAS, and former Federal Minister. The event will also celebrate the opening of the KAS Multilateral Dialogue office in Geneva and mark the beginning of KAS activities at the center of multilateral diplomacy and global policy.

Study and Information Program



Within the framework of the proposed dialogue program, experts from both, private and public sector, science and civil society from the MENA region will learn about current developments and perspectives in the field of Sustainable Finance in Germany and at European level. The main objective is to discuss the political framework for Sustainable Finance and to highlight how appropriate investments in the countries of the region can be facilitated. In addition, possible cooperation opportunities between the participants and German/European stakeholders will be identified.

Expert conference

Sustainable peace in Africa: Empowering civil society in conflict prevention and mediation

This conference will gather civil society activists and policy makers from Africa, Europe and the United States in order to discuss how to build sustainable peace in some of Africa’s vulnerable societies and what is needed to support local efforts on mediation and conflict prevention more effectively. By looking at best practices of civil society empowerment in Nigeria, Mali, Kenia, Tanzania and Uganda, the conference will discuss how local approaches to conflict prevention can promote peaceful and inclusive societies and what more is needed to create a comprehensive approach among the local, national and international actors involved.


The Digitalization of Energy Systems: Experiences from Europe and Asia

International Workshop

In the workshop, Dr Frank Umbach will present the findings of his KAS-funded study on "Energy Security in a Digitalized World and its Geostrategic Implications". Local and international experts and representatives from politics, business and civil society will discuss the following issues: •Global Energy Megatrends: from Scarcity to Abundance? •Rising New Cyber Security Threats: Protecting Critical Energy Infrastructure •Digitalisation and Decarbonisation: Coping with Disruptive Developments

Expert talk


The InsuResilience Initiative in the Context of Climate Migration

On 20.11.2018, the MNED together with Brot für die Welt are organizing a breakfast debate on the InsuResilience initiative in the context of migration. Representatives of BMZ, BfdW and the European Commission will exchange on current challenges.


The Islamic Republic at 40: Has the Revolution Run its Course?

hosted by Ramona Nicole Mănescu, Member of the European Parliament

As Iran commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the West looks at the country with concern. While the regime’s stability remains uncertain under financial and political constraints, Iran’s regional policy displays an aggressive expansionism that contributes to further inflaming an incendiary Middle East. The European Union’s continued course of engagement following the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the Joint and Comprehensive Plan of Action has borne fruit in keeping Iran within the provisions of the nuclear agreement. But neither EU nor U.S. approaches have provided any workable solutions to contain Iran’s aggressive regional ambitions, as shown by its missile program, its threats against Israel, its support to Hizbullah, the Houthis and other proxy militia, and its increasing entrenchment in Syria. The panel will review the linkages between Iran’s domestic dynamics and regional ambitions, and outline possible ways forward for the EU and the United States.


What Is Turkey up to in the Middle East?

Turkey, a regional actor and a mid-size power, tries to project influence in the Middle East through religious and cultural affinities, and increasingly, through the use of military power and proxies. While Turkey is part of the Astana Process together with Russia and Iran, its end goal in Syria is in conflict with that of Russia and Iran. Conflicting strategies of the United States and Turkey are contributing to the ongoing escalation of tension between the two allies. Despite disagreements, Turkey and the European Union have managed to sustain their cooperation on refugees and on counterterrorism. What is Turkey's role in Syria, particularly in the implementation of the Idlib agreement? How does Turkey project its interests in relations with key actors, including Russia, Iran, NATO, the United States, and Europe? Does Turkey's regional role bear any windows of opportunity for European interests?

Environment, Security and Migration in the Middle East & Africa

Looking to the Future

On April 19, the MNED of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Brussels office, together with the EastWest Institute (EWI), organised a workshop concerning the nexus between migration, environment and security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The dialogue brought together experts, policy makers, journalists, and academics from the individual countries across the MENA region to discuss a range of interrelated issues pertaining to the region’s future energy, water and food security, and how the outlooks of these respective domains may affect future migratory flows.

Shadows of a radicalized youth.

The struggle with Jihadism in the Mediterranean and the EU

This report summarizes the key messages drawn from the conference "Shadows of a radicalized youth: The struggle with Jihadism in the Mediterranean and the EU" held in Brussels on 29 May 2018.

Dialogue Programme on Water and Waste Management Models

Insights and Ways Forward for the MENA Region

This article provides a summary of a five-day dialogue programme of meetings, presentations, discussions and field trips entitled ‘Innovations in water and waste management: Models of transferability to the MENA region’, which took place from 25-29 March 2018 in Cologne, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. The publication has been jointly elaborated with Wala' Abdullah from NGO Fanack.

Sustainability and Climate Responsibility in Global Value Chains

The report summarizes the workshop´s results, focusing on global value chains and related international frameworks, which specifically support environmental and sustainability goals.

A water energy nexus (WEN) for the Middle East

The historic experience of the European Coal and Steel Community

On Tuesday 28.11.2017 the MNED of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the KAS Palestinian Territories together with EcoPeace Middle East held the event "A water energy nexus (WEN) for the Middle East and the historic experience of the European Coal and Steel Community". The WEN is an exciting new concept surrounding the trade of water and energy between Jordan, Israel and Palestine. This report summarizes the results of the WEN study conducted by KAS and EcoPeace, which have been presented at the European Parliament and accompanied by a keynote speech from Mr Elmar Brok MEP.

Peacebuilding and State-building in Libya

What role for the EU?

This report summarizes the key messages drawn from the conference "Peacebuilding and State-building in Libya. What role for the EU?" held in Brussels on 18 October 2017.

Energising Africa

Financing Access to Energy

On the 22nd October 2017 the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted the dinner debate “Energising Africa – Financing Access to Energy”. This discussion brought together over thirty environmental experts, representatives from the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), CEOS, ambassadors and the Commission to discuss energy access goals and their implementation in urban and rural Africa.


Despite rather gloomy prospects for democratic transition in the EaP region, the EU is still a player capable of having a positive impact on developments in the region. CSOs remain the true allies of the EU in its Eastern Neighborhood to raise the voice for democratic transition. The future status of CS as an influential player counterbalancing the EaP states will determine countries’ political model in the region. Consequently, the KAS remains committed to supporting independent Civil Society in Eastern Europe to promote democratic transformation and European rapprochement of their countries.

The Colombian Peace Deal

An opportunity for just and lasting peace?

This report summarizes the key messages drawn from the debate "The Colombian Peace Deal: An opportunity for just and lasting peace?", held in Brussels on 30 May 2017, and presents some reflections on current developments in the implementation of the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC.AUTHORS: Dr. Luis Blanco & Nina Gerlach

Financing climate induced loss & damage

Chances and opportunities of the G7 InsuResilience initiative

The Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organised together with Bread for the World and the EPP group in the European Parliament the expert lunch discussion: “Financing climate induced loss & damage - Chances and opportunities of the G7 InsuResilience initiative” on 30th of May 2017 in Brussels. The report gives an overview of the discussed topics and results of the debate.

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