Event Reports - Syria/Iraq Office
The Fight Against the Islamic State in Iraq After Mosul
KAS and al-Nahrain Center hold conference in Baghdad
On 7 July 2017, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). But the lasting presence of IS cells in the liberated areas indicates already today that the organization will continue to destabilize the country in the future as an insurgency group. The challenges for the Iraqi security forces and the state’s policies resulting from this development were discussed during a conference of the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies on 13 September in Bagh-dad.
Civil rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Kurdistan-Iraq
OTT and KAS hold high-level conference in Erbil with minority representatives
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is home to a large number of different ethnic and religious minorities. In 2015, the Kurdish parliament passed the Law of Protecting the Rights of Components in Kurdistan-Iraq, which guarantees efficient and full equality to all ethnic and religious minorities living in the Muslim-Kurdish-dominated KRI. On 30 August 2017, Open Think Tank (OTT) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Syria/Iraq Office held a conference in Erbil to discuss the applications and limitations of the legal and civil rights of these minorities in the KRI.
„Wir suchen echte Partner für die Zukunft“
Wie Iraks Privatbanken sich für den Wiederaufbau engagieren, und welche Hilfe sie dazu benötigen
Knapp drei Jahre dauerte die Herrschaft der Terrormiliz „Islamischer Staat“ in den Großstädten in Iraks Norden. Während zuletzt irakische Truppen die Dschihadisten aus der Millionenstadt Mossul vertrieben, sind noch ein paar Städte unter der Kontrolle der Islamisten. Gleichzeitig beginnt der Wiederaufbau, und der wird Milliarden kosten. Doch nicht nur die internationale Staatengemeinschaft hilft, auch der irakische Privatsektor engagiert sich umfangreich.
KAS supports establishment of independent media in Syria
Syria/Iraq Office and Syria Direct found news platform Syrian Voice
Out of 180 countries, Syria has ranked 177 in the latest World Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders. In order to enhance the establishment of a free media landscape in the country, the KAS Syria/Iraq office has supported the NGO Syria Direct in the first half of 2017 in founding the news platform Syrian Voice. The website, which by now has more than 20,000 followers on Facebook, features reporting of ten Syrian journalists from all parts of the country. Since mid-August, KAS and Syria Direct are implementing another project to further citizen journalism in southern Syria.
Personal histories of refugees bear witness of Syrian culture and society
KAS and Sharq continue documentation project and launch website
As the Syrian civil war prolongs into its 7th year, ever more Syrians are subject of internal displacement or flee the country for good. Spurred by external interventions, the Syrian conflict has split the country along ethnic and sectarian lines. Against this background, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office supports Sharq for Citizen Development in their continuous effort to record personal histories of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Turkey to perpetuate an account of culture and society in pre-war Syria. On 4 July, Sharq and KAS launched a multimedia website detailing some of these stories.
Path towards long term stability of Nineveh province post-IS
MERI, EWI and KAS hold workshop on reconstruction and reconciliation
Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi announced the liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) on 9 July 2017. With the expected territorial defeat of IS in all of Nineveh, the reconstruction and future political order of the province becomes a pressing issue. Prompt action is needed to ensure stabilisation, reconciliation and the return of IDPs. In May 2017, the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) and the EastWest Institute (EWI), supported by the KAS Syria/Iraq office, invited local stakeholders and international experts to a workshop on the future of Nineveh province to Loosdrecht, Netherlands.
Challenges and Opportunities for Civil Society Movements in Iraq
Chatham House and KAS hold workshop for Iraqi activists
Since 2015, civil society movements have emerged in all regions of Iraq demanding comprehensive reforms in the realm of politics, rule of law and economy. Against this background, Chatham House and the KAS Syria/Iraq office hosted a closed-door workshop on 22 and 23 May 2017 in Beirut on the challenges, opportunities and future development of these movements. The workshop brought together 25 key civil society activists from all parts of Iraq and provided a platform for exchange of experiences and to coordinate efforts.
Return and reintegration of Yazidi refugees in Sinjar
KAS and WEO host second workshop on opportunities and obstacles
Despite the liberation of Sinjar from ISIS in November 2015, thousands of Yazidi IDPs have yet to return to their home of Sinjar. In order to discuss the obstacles and potential solutions for the return of the Yazidis, the KAS Syria/Iraq office and the Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) held a conference entitled “Rule of Law Progress in Sinjar After the Liberation of the City” on 22 May 2017 in Erbil. This conference was a follow-up to a previous KAS and WEO conference on the situation in Sinjar, held in August 2016, and reviewed and addressed the recommendations presented then.
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