2016

KAS hosts two CDU MPs in Kurdistan-Iraq and Lebanon

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

Karin Maag and Peter Weiß learn about the refugee crisis in the region
More than one million refugees have found their way to Germany. Not only do German policy-makers face the question of how to meaningfully integrate these refugees, but also of how to fight the root causes of migration in the most affected regions, particularly the Middle East. In order to explore these questions, the Syria/Iraq office hosted the CDU members of parliament Karin Maag and Peter Weiß from 16 May to 20 May 2016 in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Lebanon and visited humanitarian projects of the German organizations Diakonie and Caritas.

2016

Rule of law training for Peshmerga and police

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

KAS and ETTC conduct three workshops for generals and staff officers
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has undergone an unprecedented development since 2003 and stands out today as Germany’s most important local partner in the fight against the Islamic State. Since January 2014, Germany has supported the Peshmerga with weapons and a Bundeswehr training mission. In order to further strengthen the political development of the region, KAS and the European Technology and Training Center (ETTC) conducted three workshops in Erbil in April 2016 in rule of law and diplomatic etiquette training for representatives of the Peshmerga, the Zeravani forces and the police

2016

"Lebanon and the Refugees and Displaced"

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

Conference on the challenges of the refugee crisis for Lebanon
Lebanon has seen an unprecedented degree of refugee influx into the country. This has created many economic, social and security challenges for the small Mediterranean country. On 31 March 2016, Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and Maison du Futur brought together 20 high-level representatives of the UN, the Arab League, the Lebanese Government and civil society to discuss these challenges and the need for a comprehensive national refugee strategy.

2016

“Rethinking International Relations after the Arab Revolutions”

Kas and USJ host conference on new realities confronting the Middle East
The past five years have witnessed unprecedented changes in the Middle East. The conference, which was hosted by KAS and the Saint-Joseph University and took place on 15 and 16 April 2016, brought together more than 25 renowned International Relations theorists, Middle East experts and policy makers for an open discussion on the changes, upheaval, and new realities confronting the region. The participants particularly reflected on interventionism, counterterrorism, politics and religion, state collapse, non-state actors and a potential shattering of the regional framework born after WWI.

2016

"Al Zabadani, Al Foua and Kefreya Agreement"

by Nils Wörmer, Lucas Lamberty

Discussion on implications of ethnic-sectarian reshuffles in Syria and Iraq
Over the last years, Iraq and Syria have seen an unprecedented degree of violence with occasional ethnic and sectarian reshuffles. While Iraq witnessed a large-scale “de-Sunnification” of certain areas after the US invasion of 2003 through the displacement of Sunnis, the “Al Zabadani-Agreement” foresees a smaller yet official and formal reshuffles of Sunnis and Shia. Against this background, the conference on 4 March 2016 brought together 20 high-level experts from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq to discuss the implications of the agreement and ethnic-sectarian reshuffles for Syria and Iraq.

2016

"Innovative Ways of Dealing with Violent Extremism"

Conference on root causes of radicalization and counter-strategies
The rise of the Islamic State (IS) has spurred an unprecedented wave of violence in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. On 11 December 2015, the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation together with Maison du Futur hosted the conference “Innovative Ways of Dealing with Violent Extremism”. It brought together twelve international experts with the aim of exploring new ways of understanding the political, social, economic, cultural and psychological drivers of violent extremism and debate about suitable means to prevent and combat it in the future.

2016

Young German politicians visit Lebanon

20 youth delegates learn about the refugee crisis in Lebanon
Europe is facing an unprecedented refugee crisis. While the influx of large numbers of refugees from the Middle East is a new phenomenon for countries like Germany, Lebanon has been confronted with the repercussions of the Syrian conflict and the unstable situation in the region for years. Against this background, the KAS offices Lebanon and Syria/Iraq hosted a delegation of young German politicians from the CDU-youth movement between 19 and 23 November 2015 to further intercultural understanding and to discuss the refugee situation in Lebanon and the Middle East.

2015

Humanitarian disaster in Lebanon and the Middle East – Syria is the key

Fouad Siniora, former Lebanese Prime Minister and current deputy head of the Lebanese Future Movement, spoke at the invitation of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation (KAS) in Berlin on the political situation in Lebanon and the challenges the country faces as one of the main recipient of Syrian refugees.