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.

2019

Workshop on Actors, Policies and Obstacles to Economic Recovery in Syria

Omran Centre for Strategic Studies and KAS Organized a Workshop on Early Economic Recovery in Syria
Following the territorial defeat of the Islamic State and with the armed conflict coming to a relative halt in Syria, policy discussions are focusing on the options for early economic recovery in the country. The Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Omran Centre for Strategic Studies thus decided to organize a workshop to assess the economic state of the different zones within Syria and the economic engagement of various actors in the country, as well as to develop a framework for an early economic recovery that takes the interests of regional and non-regional actors into account.

2019

Administrative Capacity Building for the Iraqi National Centre against Hate Speech

To counter tendencies of radicalization in parts of the Iraqi population, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) worked once again together with Masarat for Cultural and Media Development (MCMD) to conduct several workshops that aimed at professionalizing the work and functioning of the Iraqi National Centre against Hate Speech by training its staff members.

2019

What Future for the Arab-Kurdish Relations in Northeast Syria?

by Maha Haddad

KAS, Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy Research Organize Workshop on Arab-Kurdish Relations in Northeast Syria
To facilitate a dialogue about governance, political reconciliation, the role of outside actors, and the future of Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria was the focus of a two-day workshop in Erbil, Iraq organized by the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) together with Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy Research.

2019

Northeast Syria the Day After - A Realistic Approach

KAS and LISA Host Workshop on the Strategies to Consolidate Stabilization and Pave the Way for a Sustainable Settlement
With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office, the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (LISA) organized a workshop on the economic and security situation in Northeast Syria.

2019

Sulaimani Forum 2019: Iraq and Its Neighbors – Toward a New Regional Order

KAS Supports IRIS in Hosting its Sixth Annual Sulaimani Forum
On March 6 and 7 2019, a panel of influential policymakers, researchers and stakeholders discussed the strategic and regional importance of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) within the Middle East. The event took place at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) in Sulaymaniyah. The sixth annual Sulaimani Forum, organized by the Institute of Regional and International Studies, aimed to tackle a number of economic and political issues such as economic integration in the region, international policies towards Iraq, Iraq’s political roadmap and the future of energy in the country. The experts thoroughly discussed factors necessary for good governance and inclusive economic growth, while also taking the ongoing challenges of the government formation in Baghdad and Erbil into account. Additional policy roundtables were organized with selected experts and academics.

2019

Professionalising Studies on Women Issues and Peace Building in Ninawa

The Ninawa province in Iraq is diverse in terms of religion, ethnicity and culture. During the occupation of Mosul by the so-called Islamic State, which lasted more than three years, inhabitants suffered from terror and faced gross violations of human rights. Even after the liberation in 2017 the women of Mosul suffer from post-traumatic stress and have difficulties to re-establish trust in their society. To help and support these women, the Iraqi Institution for Development (IID), in collaboration with the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), created Qadirat, the first women’s organization in Mosul.

2019

Workshop on the Status of the Shiite Clergy in Iraq

CEU and KAS Organize Workshop on the Role of Shiite Religious Actors in Iraq
In Iraq's denominationally polarized political and social landscape, religious authorities play an important role in determining the country's direction. This is especially true for the Shiite clergy and their religious center in Najaf, which is of particular importance for the Shiite population in Iraq. In order to analyze the relationship between the Shiite authorities and Iraqi politics, society and economy, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Central European University (CEU) organized a workshop on January 22nd and 23rd in Beirut, which was attended by over 20 Iraqi clergy, international scholars and academics. A follow-up event, set to take place in April 2019, will examine the role of Sunni actors in Iraq.