Event Reports

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Perspectives on Iraq’s Political, Economic, and Social Situation

KAS Supports RCD in Conducting Its First Annual Conference in Baghdad

The list of tasks for new Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who took over office in October 2018, and the ministers in his cabinet is a long one. In addition to stabilizing Iraq after the brutal conflict with the Islamic State (IS) and implementing a viable reform of the security sector, the new Iraqi government has to address the deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country and carefully balance Iraq’s position in regional and international affairs. The Al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue organized its Forum 2019, which was attended by high-ranking Iraqi politicians and participants from business, academia, and society, as well as diplomats and international experts, addressed multiple challenges which Iraq is facing and sought to share suggestions as to how the country can advance effectively in the coming years.

Bilateral Economic Relations in the Shadows of Conflict

In Cooperation with MEIRSS, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office Organized a One-Day Workshop on the Economic Relations between Syria and Lebanon

Economic relations between Syria and Lebanon have been both intimate and complex, with the Syrian conflict having negative effects on the economies of both countries. This workshop attended by journalists, businessmen and high-ranking political figures sought to analyze the economic relations between the neighboring countries. In particular, the event addressed the development of the economic relationship since the beginning of the Syrian conflict and tried to give an outlook on the future interdependence between Syria and Lebanon.

KAS and Homeland Builders Organization - Political Communication Training for Iraqi Future Political Leaders

KAS supports Homeland Builders Organization for Development on empowering young political activist’s communication skills to promote their advocacy campaigns

Considering a Viable Economic Future for Syria

KAS and MdF Host Workshop on the Role of Local, Regional, and International Stakeholders in Syria’s Economic Development

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office together with its partner organization Maison du Futur (MdF) organized a workshop on the socio-economic situation in Syria and the role of domestic and foreign players in shaping it. The event was attended by regional and international experts as well as diplomats and officials.

Youth Inclusion and Participation in Politics and Society

JSSOR and KAS Syria/Iraq Office promote dialogue with Iraqi youth

After the liberation of Iraq from the Islamic State (ISIL), the long road of reconstruction has begun. Especially important for a peaceful future with a democratic political leadership is a new generation that is aware of the rights and duties of a constitutional state. It is therefore crucial to enter into dialogue on the political and economic future with this generation today. This was the aim of this conference, which was attended by 150 participants from politics, civil society and academia.

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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, its educational institutions, centres and foreign offices, offer several thousand events on various subjects each year. We provide up to date and exclusive reports on selected conferences, events and symposia at www.kas.de. In addition to a summary of the contents, you can also find additional material such as pictures, speeches, videos or audio clips.

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