Events - Multinational Development Policy Dialogue Brussels
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Parliaments during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Involved adequately or by passed by the executive?
Case Studies from India and the Philippines
For more than 2 years, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has affected lives in almost every country on earth. Governments around the world have taken measures to prevent the spread of infection. Some of these measures, such as (in)travel restrictions, bans on public gatherings or curfews, triggered intense controversy because they amounted to restrictions on basic civil and political liberties as laid down in numerous constitutions. With regard to parliaments as the most important institution of representative democracy, the first question asked was whether parliamentary functions and parliamentary procedures were affected by the pandemic. Fears were also expressed that at least some governments might use the corona pandemic as an opportunity to restrict fundamental rights or to change the system of separation of powers in their favor. It is true that crises are generally regarded as "moments for the executive" because it has the necessary resources to deal with crises and the public rightly expects governments to solve problems. Nevertheless, since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been global concern that the executive branch of some countries might abuse the pandemic to expand its own powers at the expense of parliament and other constitutional bodies.
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.
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).