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Expert conference

Overcoming Prejudices: Islam and the West

A Tale of Two Conflicting Cultures and Experiences?

The recent worrisome events in Europe have fuelled the popular perception that Islam and the West represent two inherently incompatible cultures.


Educating the public about business and economics

Third media training for young Omani journalists

Commenting on economic developments, exposing wrongdoing and putting forward policy recommendations: the critical, yet constructive reporting of journalists plays an important role in the functioning of any healthy economy.


Yemen’s Media Landscape in Transition

Kick-off workshop for research project on the situation of journalism in Yemen's transition

Fraught with poverty, failing institutions and internal conflict, Yemen has for long been a particularly dire environment for journalists.

Expert conference

The Arab World in Transition

Chances for Civil Participation & Challenges to Cross-Regional Security

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s second intra-regional conference discusses the consequences of the upheavals in the MENA region

Expert conference

Developing Future Leaders

Prospects for an Empowered Youth in Europe and the Gulf

The Regional Office Gulf States and the Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University are jointly organising a two-day conference on „Developing Future Leaders - Prospects for an Empowered Youth in Europe and the Gulf”.

Study and Information Program

International Dialogue Programme on Energy Security

Energy experts from the Gulf to visit Germany

On invitiation of the Regional Office Gulf States, four experts from the Gulf will participate in Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung's International Dialogue Programme on Energy Security to learn about German and European responses to volatile supplies.


Social Entrepreneurship

Sustainable and Innovative Development for Omani Youth

The Regional Office Gulf States is organising a four-day workshop on Social Entrepreneurship led by internationally recognized consultant Sonja Andjelkovic along with the Academic Innovation Assistance Program at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).


Media in a Globalised World

Building bridges between East and West?

As a nation of merchants and seafarers, Oman has long been interacting with people from far away countries and different civilizations-a history that has led to the development of a tradition of cultural openness and religious tolerance in Oman.


The Role of Media in Interreligious Dialogue

Unheilstifter oder Brückenbauer?

Wreaking Havoc or Building Bridges?


Promoting Career Opportunities for Young Women

A cross-regional dialogue on economic growth

Topics related to economy and business are of special interest in the cooperation between European and GCC countries, as the EU and GCC states have vibrant business as well as trade relations.

EU-GCC Relations

The Path towards a New Relationship

On the 14th of October 2019, the Regional Programme Gulf States hosted a workshop in Brussels on the relations between the European Union (EU) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Attended by experts, scholars and officials from Gulf States, Europe and the US, this workshop took place under Chatham House Rules. In the following, we summarize the debate and main outcomes.


Start.Up! Germany – Bringing entrepreneurs from the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia to Germany

The number of startups in Saudi Arabia is growing steadily and is actively promoted under the Saudi Vision 2030. One goal of the Vision is to diversify the Saudi economy and in particular to enable young people and women to participate in the economy by helping them to set up their own businesses.

Saudi-German Relations: Opportunities for Joint Cooperation


Diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Germany date back to the 1950s. Particularly in the areas of economic cooperation and security cooperation, both countries have long been on a path of active exchange and close coordination. Despite this positive track record, bilateral relations between the two countries have recently also experienced diplomatic setbacks. Overcoming these developments remains a key challenge for the foreign policy of both countries.

Supporting Saudi Women in the Labour Market

A Career Workshop to Strengthen the Economic Role of Women in Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on a steep path of economic transformation. This development has also attributed Saudi women with a greater economic and social role. Flanked by fundamental economic reforms, Saudi Arabia has seen a remarkable increase in women in employment in recent years. Despite this success, however, there are cultural challenges for working women that still need to be addressed.

Arts, Culture and Dialogue over Conflict

Al-Madaniya – Yemen’s platform for peace and contemporary art

Supporting the innovative new online platform “al-Madaniya magazine”, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s Regional Programme Gulf States aims at making the case for a more differentiated perspective on Yemen.

AStepAhead 2017

A Career Fair for Women as an Entry Point into the Labour Market

In addition to its commodity wealth, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a resource for which it is far less well-known: highly qualified labour, especially women. Unlike its oil reserves, however, this vast human resource has been partially underutilized in recent years. This is illustrated by the following key figures: Although a notable proportion of 51.8% of graduates in Saudi Arabia today are female, still 32.8% of all Saudi women remain unemployed.

Establishment of sector-wide networks for civil society organizations in Kuwait

The Second and Third Event of the PACE Workshop Series

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have always been the driving force behind social transformation and have made a significant contribution in Kuwait, especially in the face of current economic and social challenges. Nevertheless, the sector lacks visibility towards other actors, which adversely affects the legitimacy of NGOs and their ability to defend civic interests. Networks and collaboration between the organizations promise a great potential to improve this situation, as civil society actors could jointly better position themselves.

"We Want to See Actions"

H.E. Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir about Saudi relations to Qatar, Iran and the US

Saudi Arabia is a key state in a region which is marked by instability and conflict. The Kingdom just recently proved its influence: Several Gulf States, led by Saudi Arabia, cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar. The Saudi Foreign Minister H.E. Al Jubeir spoke about various topics at Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin: the difficult relations of Saudi Arabia to the State of Qatar, to the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also about the good relationship to the US.

Empowering Kuwait’s CSOs through Enhanced Networks

A Workshop Series Seeks to Strengthen the Civil Society Sector in Kuwait by Fostering Thematic Networks

Kuwait is in many ways exceptional as a country with a relatively well-developed civil society compared with its peers in the Gulf region. Nevertheless, the country’s sector is plagued by fragmentation. Still, civil society organizations (CSOs) working in the same or similar fields lack awareness of each other’s activities. Thus, they fall short of tapping into tremendous synergies. Unlocking this potential could bolster the effectiveness and legitimacy of the civil society of Kuwait.

Improving Mutual Understanding

GCC Delegation in Berlin

On 7 April, a delegation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) visited the headquarters of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin where they met with Dr Gerhard Wahlers, Deputy Secretary General of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Head of the International Division.