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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.

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Smart Solutions for Resource Security Hot Spots

KAS International Workshop at Plante Security Initiative Conference in The Hague

With its global program for energy security and climate change, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) addresses challenges and solutions in this field of political action. At three "fish bowl" round tables, carried out simultaneously, experts will focus on three security hot spots, including water scarcity challenges in the Lake Chad Basin and the MENA region as well as GHG emission challenges of Asian mega cities.


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


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?

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Armenia: A Lighthouse for Sustainable Energy Scale-up

International conference in Yerevan on 3-4 December 2018 on topics dedicated to sustainable energy development in in Eastern Partnership countries Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.


Naftogaz vs Gazprom: What role for the European Union?

The upcoming year will prove decisive with regard to the future of the European Union’s gas transit from Russia. The role of Ukraine, traditionally the main transit corridor for natural gas to Europe, is seriously questioned given the expiry of the current transit contracts between Gazprom and Naftogaz on 31 December 2019. The event will have a look into possible Impacts for Europe and its member states.

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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.

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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.

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EU's leadership in global climate action

Opportunities for international cooperation in preview of COP 24

The conference brings together international stakeholders from political and civil society level to discuss and evaluate Europe's position on the future political direction towards climate action and energy in view of COP24.

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China and Russia in the EU’s Neighbourhood: A Threat for Integration and Democracy?

Russia and China are using their power and a variety of tools to extend their influence in the EU’s neighborhood. What interests do they have? The aim of the expert conference is to analyze their regional strategies in the EU’s immediate neighborhood

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Climate Club Formation: EU - India Steel Case Study

Lessons learned from the steel decarbonization workshop.

As an initial pilot to support the formation of the Climate Club, the GCA Collaborative, an independent global research initiative, conducted two workshops on decarbonizing the steel sector. These workshops engaged policymakers, associations, businesses, and sector analysts. Key outcomes: The SWGs must collaborate with a host of stakeholders, including businesses, governments, regulators, and civil society organizations, among others. Countries can focus on their sectors of choice -those where they can maximize emissions reductions, given their capabilities and commitments. Through these sectoral working groups, countries motivated to achieve climate neutrality in core sectors - such as steel, aluminum, cement, fertilizers, and automotive - can closely cooperate, including aligning decarbonization pathways. This paper summarizes the lessons learned from the steel decarbonization workshop, highlighting potential areas of cooperation between the steel sectors in India and the EU.

Charlotte Wolter KAS MDPD

The New Great Game: Afghanistan’s Taliban Takeover and its Implications for Europe and the Region

Event Report - Brussels, 21 June 2023 - Authors: Charlotte Wolter, Janne Leino

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Clara Burkhardt KAS MDPD

Climate Club / Global Climate Alliance formation - Panel Discussion with Youth Climate Leaders

Event Report - 17 June 2023 - Authors: Clara Burkhardt, Karin Jancyková

Download the full report on the GCA white paper launch and the youth climate discussion here.

Climate Club/Global Climate Alliance (GCA) formation - Panel Discussion with Youth Climate Leaders

Event Report - 17 June 2023 - Authors: Clara Burkhardt, Karin Jancyková

Download the full event report about the GCA white paper launch and panel discussion with youth climate leaders.

Charlotte Wolter KAS MDPD

The Indo-Pacific: A new global centre of gravity?

Event Report - 10 June 2023, EU Parliament, Strasbourg - Authors: Clara Burkhardt, Jonas Nitschke.

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European Stabilization Efforts in the Sahel: a Lost Cause?

Event report - Brussels, 06 December 2022 - Authors: Janne Leino, Helena Landwehr.

Download the full event report and the digital publication "European aphasia in the Sahel: stabilising how?" by Delina Goxho and Selina Daugalies.


"China’s and Russia’s Security Engagement in Central Asia - Suggestions for a European Response"

Event Report - Authors: Constantin Knuhr, Janne Leino (KAS MDPD Brussels)

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Policy Workshop – Young Voices: European Engagement and the EU's image

Authors: Constantin Knuhr, Theresa Rohrhirsch (KAS MDPD Brussels)

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Perspektiven für Südostasien

Chinas Sicherheits- und Verteidigungskooperation in Südostasien und mögliche deutsche und europäische Antworten

Am 18. Januar 2022 veranstalteten das KAS-Referat Asien und Pazifik (Berlin) und der Multinationale Entwicklungsdialog der KAS in Brüssel gemeinsam eine geschlossene Online-Veranstaltung zur Diskussion über die sicherheits- und verteidigungspolitische Zusammenarbeit Chinas in Südostasien (SEA) sowie über die neue Politik der Bundesregierung gegenüber der Region. Die Veranstaltung wurde von rund 45 Teilnehmern besucht, die europäische Institutionen, deutsche Ministerien, Botschaften aus der ASEAN-Region und politische Think Tanks vertraten. Sie war die erste einer neuen Dialogreihe mit dem Titel "Südostasien-Perspektiven", die den Dialog zwischen Südostasien und Europa stärken und diese geopolitisch hoch relevante Region auf der politischen Agenda in Deutschland und Europa voranbringen soll.

Towards a European Sustianable Battery Industry

How to create jobs for a low carbon society

To become competitive in the global battery market Europe will require to bring together all different players in the field to share expertise and knowledge to forge and promote the European Battery Alliance. At present, only 3% of all batteries produced in the world are produced in Europe. China and the USA are market leaders, with Japan also having a technological lead. The event-report summarizes the discussions of our workshop with Bellona Foundation and the European Policy Centre on the future of this European initiative to catch up with global battery industries.