Expert talk

Invitation to the official launch event: Our Common Digital Future

Charter for a Sustainable Digital Age
The recently published report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation recommends to develop goals, principles and priority actions for a Global Commitment for Digital Cooperation. The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) strongly supports this proposal. Considering the great transformative force of digitalization, it is striking that digital technology hardly features in the SDGs. Both digitalization and the 2030 Agenda are key drivers of global change and must be brought into alignment to enable global sustainable development. In its latest report, Towards Our Common Digital Future, WBGU argues that this effort requires a normative reference frame and advocates a Global Charter for a Sustainable Digital Age.


Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance

Dinner and Reception of the Strategy Group
On September 24th, KAS New York hosts a reception and dinner with the Strategy Group of the newly founded ‘Global Investors for Sustainable Development’ (GISD) Alliance. The group consisting of experts appointed by the CEOs of GISD members met in New York to develop a plan of action and to prepare the official launch of the GISD Alliance on October 16th.


Luncheon discussion with Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

On September 24th, KAS New York office invites to a luncheon with Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and German international servants working across different UN agencies. The occasion of Dr. Gerd Müller's stay in New York was the annual visit to the UN General Assembly and his participations in the SDG, Climate and Health Summits.


Data as Political Capital

What kind of Rules & Regulations do we need for a a digitized Democracy?
Digitization has completely altered the way our societies communicate and how political opinion-making is shaped. Foreign interference, online hate-speech, data leaks on social media platforms and fake-news have made it more important than ever to define a global rules-based system and code of conduct that sets a common standard and protects democracy. The discussion with Germany’s leading startup for Digital Political Communications and Teddy Goff, one of America’s key figures from the campaigning landscape, will provide a state of the lay of current debates in Europe and the US, and will draw attention to the action that needs to be taken in order to have resilient democracies in the age of new technologies and artificial intelligence.

Book presentation

Book launch "Evangelicals and Political Power in Latin America"

Evangelical churches have experienced significant growth worldwide in recent decades. Their influence stretches beyond the spiritual sphere into politics, and economies. In recent elections in Latin America they played a decisive role. In a research project and publication coordinated by KAS Peru, sociologists and political scientists from Latin America analysed the political strategies of evangelical churches, evaluated their success and raised questions about the loss of hegemony of the Catholic church on the continent.


Crafting an Alliance for Multilateralism

In April 2019, the foreign ministers of Germany and France announced an initiative to create an alliance for multilateralism to enlist those UN Member States committed to international cooperation. It is clear that the United Nations needs champions in a challenging international context; however, questions arise about this proposal.

Study and Information Program

Cyber-Security: an issue for national and international security

From May 13 – 17, the KAS New York office hosts a dialogue program with security experts from Brazil on the topic of Cyber-Security. In the discussions, delegates will bring in their broad range of expertise from their diplomatic, academic and private sector background.


How can NGOs lobby the UN (and member states) for more action on combating GBV in conflict zones?

Dr. Denis Mukwege received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. Sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict constitutes both a war crime and a threat to peace and security. As a surgeon Denis Mukwege has helped thousands of victims of sexual violence in armed conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape on national and international level, and constantly reminds governments and the international community that more needs to be done to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war. Although Gender Based Violence (GBV) in conflicts has received more attention over the last years, there is a need to ensure that the efforts of state and non-state actors, of the UN and the international community to prevent GBV in conflict zones, to support victims, and to hold perpetrators accountable, are intensified. The momentum should not be lost and the various efforts need to get consolidated. We are pleased to invite you to this roundtable that aims to discuss the need to strengthen efforts and initiatives with a champion of the fight against sexual violence as a weapon of war, Dr. Denis Me Mukwege Mukengere.

Event Reports

Event Report

by Sebastian Borchmeyer

As part of a build-up and compact seminar, ten selected KAS fellows from a wide range of disciplines had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the United Nations, the EU Delegation to the United Nations, the German Mission and other New York-based organizations, and gain insights into the current challenges of the international world order.

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The Future of Europe and Transatlantic Relations in a New Global Order: A View from the European Parliament

Mr. Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament, outlined his vision of the European Union as a geopolitical “pole” in a speech and a discussion at the KAS New York Office. He emphasized the importance of solidarity between EU member states and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. The event was cohosted by the American Council on Germany (ACG).

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UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego Garcia-Sayan, is visiting the KAS New York Office

In the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding and close cooperation with the KAS Rule of Law Programs, Diego Garcia-Sayan paid a working visit to the KAS office in New York.

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Visit of Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert to welcome the new directors of the KAS offices in New York and Washington

New directors have been appointed to lead the operations of the KAS offices in New York and Washington D.C. Paul Linnarz succeeds Nico Lange in the Washington Office while Andrea Ostheimer takes over the New York office from Dr. Stefan Friedrich. They were both introduced as part of two receptions held by Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, current Chairman of KAS and former President of the German Bundestag.

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40 years American Convention on Human Rights

Secretary-General of the United Nations attends festivities

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Multilateralism at a Critical Juncture: Opportunities and Responsibilities in a new Era of Globalization

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert speaks at United Nations Headquarters

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Youth, Peace and Security in Africa

by Victoria-Charlotte Browning

The missing piece

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A New Generation’s Approach to European Security Cooperation and Trans-Atlantic Relations

Ansichten einer neuer Politikergeneration
“To keep the European Union together, we must change;” this was the message that Nikolas Loebel, a member of the German Bundestag, delivered during a discussion-luncheon with members of the American Council on Germany and other foreign policy experts at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung New York Office on May 24th. The occasion of the event was to discuss the future of European security cooperation and dangers facing the liberal order.

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Navigating the Complex Response to Extremism

by Magdalena Jetschgo-Morcillo

Dialogue program on counter-terrorism in West Africa
For such a complex problem as violent extremism, there is no simple solution. This became clear during a three day exchange between West African terrorist experts, representatives from the UN and other relevant think thanks in New York. It takes comprehensive responses, starting at very different levels of state and society, to tackle this problem. The experts also agreed that exclusively relying on military security approaches to terrorism does not provide long-term solutions.

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Ein Netzwerk fürs Leben - Stipendiatentreffen im New Yorker KAS-Büro

Dem Kernanliegen des Stipendienprogramms der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung entsprechend werden junge Menschen gefördert, die global für demokratisch-freiheitliche Werte eintreten. In diesem Sinne verfolgt das KAS-Büro in New York neben seiner politischen Arbeit auch das Ziel, mit den Altstipendiaten der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Kontakt zu bleiben und diese untereinander zu vernetzen.