2016

Post-ISIS Syria and Iraq: Envisioning a Stable and Sustainable Regional Order

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

KAS and EastWest hold workshop on challgenges in the Middle East
The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) has suffered substantial territorial and military losses in Syria and Iraq in the course of 2016. However, many of the underlying problems that have led to the advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq have not been solved. From 13 November to 16 November 2016, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the EastWest Institute convened an expert workshop in Cadenabbia, Italy, to discuss ways to tackle the challenges in the region and to stabilise Syria and Iraq in the future. It was attended by experts from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe and the United States.

2016

IDP and Refugee Crises in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

OTT AND KAS HOLD A CONFERENCE ON THE APPROACHES TOWARDS THE REFUGEE CRISES
Over the past several years, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) has experienced a massive influx of both Syrian refugees and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs). This humanitarian crisis has exacerbated the financial and political problems of the Kurdistan region. In order to discuss the different approaches regarding the refugee and IDP crisis in the KRI, Open Think Tank (OTT) and the KAS Syria/Iraq office held a conference featuring more than a dozen high-ranking policy makers, civil society members, and the media on 17-18 November 2016 in Dohuk.

2016

Inter-Religious Dialogue and Co-existence in the KRI

WEO AND KAS HOLD A CONFERENCE ON COEXISTENCE AND PEACE AMONG MINORITIES
The mosaic of different religious, sectarian and ethnic minorities has always been a characteristic feature of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. However, their coexistence has been threatened by the rise of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its extremist ideology. To discuss ways to reach renewed and improved methods of coexistence in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the Women Empowerment Organization (WEO) and the KAS Syria/Iraq Office held a conference with more than a dozen religious and political leaders for a conference on 3rd November 2016 in Erbil.

2016

Challenges and Opportunities for a Post-ISIS Iraq

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

KAS SUPPORTS ANNUAL MERI FORUM ON THE FUTURE OF IRAQ
With the beginning of the Mosul offensive, the discussion surrounding the future of a post-ISIS Iraq has increased. While much of the debate is centered on the security situation, plans regarding the future governance of Iraq and relations between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government need to be addressed. It is in this vein that the Middle East Research Institute (MERI), with the support of KAS, hosted its annual high-level three-day forum in Erbil titled “The Future of the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities" from 25 to 27 October.

2016

Implications of the US election 2016 for the Middle East

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

Panel discussion ON scenarios of future US POLICIES in the region
The 2016 US presidential election will have direct consequences for the Middle East and will determine the future US relations with the region. The KAS Syria/Iraq Office and Maison du Futur hosted a conference on 14 October 2016 in Bikfaya to discuss the possible impacts of the controversial US presidential election on Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. The conference brought together experts from various countries in the region and included the presentation of a policy paper published by KAS and Maison du Futur on the implications of the US elections for the Middle East.

2016

Rule of law training for staff of Kurdish Prime Minister’s office

by Lucas Lamberty, Nils Wörmer

KAS and ETTC continue successful workshop series for Kurdish officials
The KAS Syria/Iraq office and the European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC) conducted a rule of law workshop for 15 high-level representatives from the Iraqi-Kurdish Prime Minister’s office from 4 September to 8 September in Erbil. The five-day event was aimed at training the participants in the significance of rule of law as well as cross-cultural communication and negotiation. After the successful completion of the rule of law workshop for Kurdish security forces in the first half of 2016, the workshop signified a second step in the training series for Kurdish officials.

2016

Sinjar: Challenges and opportunities for a return of Yazidi refugees

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

WEO and KAS hold high-level conference in Erbil to conclude workshop series
Two years ago, the shocking images of the atrocities committed against the Yazidis by the so-called Islamic State terrified the world. Hundreds of thousands had to flee. However, the liberation of Sinjar in November 2015 has raised hopes for an imminent return. The conference held in Erbil on 22 August 2016 dealt with the obstacles and possibilities for a reintegration of the Yazidis in Sinjar. It marked the end of a series of workshops with local stakeholders held in 2016 by the Women Empowerment Organisation (WEO) with support of KAS in the territories liberated from ISIS.

2016

Mediating Syrian Needs and Lebanese Concerns

Round table discussion on the effects of the labour law in the refugee crisis
On 28 July 2016, Lebanon Support with the support of KAS hosted a round-table discussion on Syrian refugees’ livelihoods in Lebanon. The event was the second roundtable discussion of a series on the social effects of political and legal measures targeting Syrians in Lebanon. The discussion addressed the Lebanese government’s policy regarding the access of Syrian refugees to the Lebanese labour market and the consequences of this policy. As a discussant, Lebanon Support had invited George Ghali from the Act for Human Rights organisation (ALEF).