2019

Global Policies on Countering Extremism: Lessons Learned from Syria and Iraq

The persistent threat of terror attacks in the United States, Europe and other countries by ideologically driven movements has triggered major responses from the international community to fight extremism and terrorism. However, the global community is far from having eradicated radical terrorist organizations. The Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in cooperation with Maison du Futur and the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies hosted a conference with the aim of drawing lessons learned from the fight against terrorism and radicalization.

2019

Iraq Leadership Fellows Program: Class of 2018/2019 concludes its training

In cooperation with the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS), and GPD Charitable Trust, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office held the third and final training for the 2018/2019 Class of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) Program.

2019

Al-Tahreer - Establishment of a Network of Civil Society Activists in Ninawa

After being only recently liberated from ISIS’ brutal rule, the province of Ninawa faces many challenges regarding peace building, reconstruction, and achieving political as well as societal stability, being one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse regions of Iraq. To empower and enable young civil activists and civil society organizations to play a leading role in this process, the Syria/Iraq-Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with Al-Tahreer Association for Development created a multi-level project aimed at establishing a network of civil society activists in Ninawa and building their capacities in advocacy campaigns.

2019

Iraqi Al-Firdaws Society - Women’s Rights and Access to Justice in Basra

The occupation of the provinces of Ninawa, Anbar and Salahaddin by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), which conducted ethnic cleansing campaigns against non-Sunni populations in Iraq, combined with the resulting armed conflict against the jihadi group, forced vulnerable target populations to leave these provinces, becoming thus displaced inside their own country.

2019

KAS and Al-Haq - Local Engagement to Promote Peace in Kirkuk and Salah al-Din

Increasing youth participation to promote peace through proper social and political engagement
KAS and Al-Haq conduct a workshop to enable the youth of Kirkuk and Salah al-Din to get more involved in the process of conflict resolution and peace building

2019

Open Debates 6 - Recovery and Return of Yezidis and Christian Minorities in Iraq

Since 2014 and the rise of terrorism by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region has turned into a safe haven and a home to the displaced religious, ethnic and cultural diversity in Iraq. Among these minorities, Yezidis and Christians were the most targeted groups by ISIS. To discuss the current situation of the Yezidi and Christian communities in Iraq and analyze the challenges that both communities face when it comes to issues of return and recovery, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in collaboration with Open Think Tank and the American University of Kurdistan held a one-day conference in Dohuk. In particular, the conference focused on identifying the needs of these minorities as well as on debating concrete policies and measures that can ensure the persistence of both Yezidis and Christians in Iraq.

2019

Policy Makers from Iraq Visit Hamburg and Berlin

Iraqi Delegation Discusses Stabilization Efforts with a Focus on Economic Development
Iraq formed a new government in October 2018 which, in addition to the country's ongoing stabilization efforts following the fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), is pursuing an ambitious reform agenda. Germany is one of the main donors and an active supporter of the country‘s reconstruction. In this context, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office together with the KAS Headquarters invited a delegation of Iraqi representatives from politics and business to hold talks in Hamburg and Berlin from 12 to 18 May, 2019.

2019

Governance Center for Public Policies - Supporting UN SDG16 Through Improved Accountability and Governance

According the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future for this world. They address global challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, and environmental degradation, among others. To support the implementation of UN SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in cooperation with the Governance Center for Public Policies designed a project contributing to increased accountability and good governance in Iraq.