Event Reports

Bahrains Sorge vor dem großen Nachbarn

Sunniten und Schiiten wählen ein neues Parlament

Das Königreich Bahrain ist ein Kleinstaat vor der Küste Saudi-Arabiens. Das Land ist aus zwei Gründen bemerkenswert: Es ist von Öl- und Gas-Exporten unabhängiger als jedes andere Land in der Golf-Region. Und Bahrain ist das einzige Land am Arabischen Golf mit einer schiitischen Bevölkerungsmehrheit. Diese wird allerdings von einer sunnitischen Herrschaftsschicht dominiert und regiert. Im Oktober sollen Parlamentswahlen in Bahrain stattfinden. Der Wahlkampf steht im Zeichen von Verhaftungen zahlreicher schiitischer Oppositioneller und teilweise gewaltsamen Ausschreitungen.

Regional Program Gulf-States represented at WOCMES

The Regional Program Gulf-States and KAS-Office Amman jointly represented The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung at the 3. World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES). Thomas Birringer, Regional Representative to the Gulf States, participated in a panel discussion on “The Multi-Level-Facets of Middle Eastern Security” which had been organized by KAS Jordan.

KAS-Seminar in Dubai

Young Journalists successful at Grimme Online Award

The participants of the Journalist's Academy in Dubai benefit from their experience. This year, three young journalists and former participants of the German-Arab Journalist's Academies won the Grimme Online Award 2010: Simon Kremer, Marc Röhlig and Jan Hendrik Hinzel (take part in December 2009 in Dubai).The Grimme Online Award is Germany's most important Internet Award.

Dialogue with the Gulf-States about Foreign- and Security Policy

KAS extends it's network

At the invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung six young researchers from the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) visited from the 13th – 20th June 2010 Munich and Berlin and informed themselves about the security efforts undertaken by Germany.

Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel at the Gulf

German Chancellor Angela Merkel started her 4-day visit to the Gulf States in Abu Dhabi. This gave KAS the opportunity to give a short overview on the activities of its still young Regional Program Gulf-States. Her visit shows the increasing importance of the region - not only economically but also politically. Against this background the Chancellor welcomened KAS’ commitment and activities. Jidda in Saudi-Arabia, as well as Qatar and Bahrain are the next stops on the trip.

KAS initiates CSR Networking Evenings

For the first time the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung Regional Program Gulf-States and the Academy for Responsible Management invited to a network event on May 9th, 2010. The evening marked the start of a CSR Network Evening series and included a panel discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Market Economy.

KAS promotes responsible entrepreneurship

Arab CSR-Conference in Abu Dhabi

"Corporate Social Responsibility means for entrepreneurs to take on an active and responsible role in society. This principle is also a fundamental idea of the social market economy," said Thomas Birringer, Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Regional Program Gulf-States at a panel discussion at the Arab Corporate Social Responsibility Conference on May 9th, 2010 in Abu Dhabi. Individual solidarity, a market economy with appropriate regulations on a national level and international development cooperation belong together, added Birringer.

Philipp Mißfelder MdB and Chief of State Chancellary Dr. Beermann in the UAE

Junge Union meets young Emiratis

During their visit to the UAE Philipp Mißfelder MdB, Spokesman for Foreign Affairs of CDU/CSU, and Dr. Johannes Beermann, Chief of the State Chancellery of the German State of Saxony, met with students in Abu Dhabi. The KAS regional program Gulf-States had invited to a discussion round at Sorbonne University on April 12, 2010.

A unique mixture of traditional and modern elements

Successful Internship in Abu Dhabi

There are only few places in the world with a similar mixture of traditional and modern elements within society and such cultural plurality as you encounter in Abu Dhabi. This is what I discovered during my three months internship at the regional office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Abu Dhabi this spring. And it was these regional distinctions that made this internship so special.

KAS Regional Program with positive results:

First appearance at most successful Book Fair in Abu Dhabi

On Sunday the 20th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair came to a close with a record number of visitors and exhibitors. More than 230.000 visitors, 367 exhibitors from 60 countries and record sales of over US $10 million made the Book Fair an absolute success. And the KAS Regional Program Gulf-States can look upon very positive results. „The Book Fair was an excellent platform for us to introduce our goals and activities to a larger audience“, said Thomas Birringer, Regional Representative to the Gulf-States. “The interest in our programs and publications was remarkable“.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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