2019

Multimedia Training for Syrian Journalists

Media consumption habits are evolving as interest in Syria coverage is declining. As the war transitions into a new phase, there is a heightened need for continued, in-depth coverage. It is imperative to support reporting on Syria within this period to ensure that armed actors are unable to act with impunity inside the country and to ensure that the war is well documented through a variety of formats. It is within this vein that the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and Syria Direct partnered up for an advanced multimedia training for Syrian journalists, which equipped them with advanced skills in podcasting in order to integrate advanced multimedia reporting techniques into their reporting. Additionally, it enabled them to access new networks of followers and in turn contribute to greater awareness of this new phase of the Syrian conflict.

2019

Empowering Youth from the Refugee and Host Communities in Good Governance and Human Rights

Following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, hundreds of thousands of Syrians fled to Syria’s neighbor country Lebanon. To counteract growing tensions between the Lebanese host communities and Syrian refugee communities, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with Advanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace (AD 4 Peace) designed a series of workshops, aimed at building social cohesion between Lebanese and Syrian Youth by promoting democracy, human rights, and active citizenship while adopting a peer to peer and volunteerism approach.

2019

Iraq and the Balance of Power in the Middle East

Dialogue Forum on Geopolitics in the Middle East
From 21 to 22 November 2019, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) held a conference in Cadenabbia, Italy, during which current issues related to Iraq’s highly sensitive geopolitical environment as well as different international and local stakeholders involved were discussed.

2019

MERI Forum 2019

Ending Wars – Winning Peace In The Middle East
The MERI Forum 2019, which was made possible by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and the Middle East Research Institute, aimed to provide a forum for dialogue and networking for policy and decision-makers, academics, opinion-leaders, civil society leaders and journalists to provide creative and constructive answers to a range of policy issues. A diverse range of social, economic, security and political issues were on the agenda of the MERI Forum 2019. Centring on the key themes of stability, democracy, and governance, the conference also aimed to highlight areas for further improvement that could contribute to greater understanding of the current crisis and challenges facing Iraq and the broader region in this autumn of 2019.

2019

Syrian Academy for Non-Violent Change in Syria

After eight years of war in Syria, political empowerment projects are desperately needed in order to provide the foundation for a long-term democratic transition process. Contributing to this need for non-violent political and civilian engagement, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in cooperation with Hamzet Wasel established the Syrian Academy for Non-Violent Change, providing knowledge, tools and skills to young Syrians in order to increase the number of youth who are able to engage effectively in politics and be at the forefront of democratic change in Syria.

2019

Open Debates 7 – Women Quota in Iraq

By securing a fixed number of seats for women in both parliaments (the Kurdistan Parliament in Erbil and the Council of Representatives in Baghdad), the woman quota is the only system that guarantees woman political participation in Iraq. Nevertheless, there is no quota for women in executive power and other state institutions. In cooperation with Open Think Tank, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation hosted this two-day conference to shed light on the current discussion between experts and stakeholders familiar with the effects of the woman quota on the political system and society in Iraq.

2019

Burj Babel - Challenges to the Return of IDPs and Refugees to Liberated Areas

Following the aftermath of the 2003 invasion, years of sectarian violence as well as the subsequent resurgence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), Iraq still faces grave obstacles for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from all over the country to liberated areas of the state. In Iraq’s post-conflict context, there are about 1.8 million IDPs, which remains a huge issue to be tackled by the Iraqi government. Therefore, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with Burj Babel conducted a study on factors preventing the return of displaced persons to liberated areas and presented their results in a one-day conference.

2019

RCD Security and Economic Forum 2019: Iraq between Frontlines

by Gregor Jaecke, Nauel Semaan

Caught in between international influences while still fighting against the Islamic State, Baghdad wants to take a step forward towards more stability and economic revival.