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The European Union’s Centres of Excellence Initiative on CBRN Risk Mitigation

Innovative Approaches for the Disruptive Security Environment

This Policy Forum sets forth some of the most disruptive changes witnessed over the past decade, and assesses their impact on the security environment. It goes on to emphasize the need for security governance approaches and frameworks that are flexible and adaptive to changing security landscapes. In doing so, the Policy Forum exemplifies the European Union’s (EU) pursuit of such a framework to effectively address these changes, in the form of the EU Centres of Excellence Initiative on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Mitigation.

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Kuwait Civil Society

Needs Assessment Report

As part of its ongoing project “Promoting and Advocating for Civic sector Enhancement (PACE)”, KAS-Partner en.v has completed a compressive study that mapped and assessed the needs of Kuwait civil society organizations (CSOs).

The Islamic State’s Acquisition and Use of Chemical Weapons

Assessing Past and Potential Threats

Policy Forum No. 2 and 3 are one article of two parts. Policy Forum No. 2 (Part I) assesses the threat posed by the possibility that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (IS) could obtain and use chemical weapons (CW). It first reviews the salafi-jihadi doctrine of the group and argues that no ideological obstacles prevent it from obtaining and using unconventional weapons. It then examines IS’s current status and concludes that despite the group’s loss of territory and the collapse of its quasi-state structure, it still poses a significant threat to the security of the Middle East/Gulf. Finally, the Policy Forum analyzes the capabilities and intentions of IS to seek, develop and use chemical weapons on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It contends that has the intentions but its capabilities are very limited to developing crude CW. Policy Forum No. 3 (Part II) a continuation of Policy Forum No. 2, examines the CW attacks that the IS allegedly carried out in Syria and Iraq. It argues that there is sufficient evidence that the group has developed a rudimentary chemical weapons capability and has used sulfur mustard in Syria. The article also contextualizes the threat posed by the Islamic State’s CW capability by comparing it to the threat posed by other state and non-state actors’ deployment of this category of weapons. The Policy Forum then evaluates the future threat posed by the Islamic State’s use of CW in and outside the Middle East.

Countering CBRN Challenges amid Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Concerns in the Middle East/Gulf

An Overview of This Policy Forum Series

Starting from the assumption that productive, solution-driven dialogue mechanisms are an indispensable element of any viable security concept, the new blue POLICY FORUM series of ten issues will assess an ongoing and promising international communication mechanism between states as well as among international organizations to counter the spread of CBRN weapons.

"Looking-A-Step-Ahead"

Interview in the German-Saudi Business Magazine with Dr Manuel Schubert

As Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s (KAS) Regional Representative to the Gulf States since August 2017, Dr Manuel Schubert was interviewed in the latest German-Saudi Business Magazine’s “New Faces” section. He spoke about how he sees recent developments in the Kingdom and presented current and future projects of KAS.

Saudi-German Economic and Cultural Relations

Current state, challenges and opportunities from a German perspective

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Republic of Germany have kept and enjoyed excellent economic bilateral relations for decades. German companies have been present at every step in the development process of Saudi Arabia’s economy. Saudi Arabia, in turn, has provided Germany with oil and derivatives. Today, Saudi Arabia is Germany’s second most important trading partner in the region, while Germany is the third largest importer to Saudi Arabia.

Climate Report 2017: Saudi Arabia

Private Sector and Climate Finance in the G20 Countries

The Gulf States were opposed to international climate protection agreements for a long time. Their economic and political dependency on oil and gas was simply too great. In recent years, however, a paradigm shift has taken place: Following the lead of other Gulf States, Saudi Arabia is now also arriving at a more progressive climate protection policy.

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mourns the loss of Helmut Kohl

On the death of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and former President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, writes:

Shaping Change in the Middle East

Thesenpapier zur politischen Zusammenarbeit mit den Ländern des Nahen Ostens/Nordafrika

A position paper on political cooperation with the countries of the Middle East/North Africa

Anschlag in Kuwait – Ist der IS-Terror im Golf angekommen?

Hintergründe zum Selbstmordattentat auf eine schiitische Moschee in Kuwait

Erstmalig wurde ein kleiner Golf-Staat von dem Terror des sogenannten Islamischen Staat (IS) heimgesucht. Kuwait war am 26. Juni 2015 Ziel eines blutigen Anschlags. Während des Freitagsgebets am 9. Tag des heiligen Fastenmonats Ramadan sprengte sich der saudi-arabische Staatsbürger Fahd Suliman Abdul-Muhsen Al Qabaa in der schiitischen Imam-Sadik-Moschee in Kuwait-Stadt in die Luft und riss 27 Menschen mit sich in den Tod; weitere 227 wurden verletzt. Zu dem Anschlag bekannte sich per Twitter kurz nach der Tat die Gruppierung „Provinz Nadschd“, der Ableger des IS in Saudi-Arabien.

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