2018

Deutsche Politik in Nah- und Mittelost

Wo ist Deutschlands Rolle im Konzert regionaler und internationaler Mächte in Syrien und im Irak?
Der Nahe Osten ist in den letzten Jahren stärker als noch zuvor zur Projektionsfläche von Machtinteressen regionaler und internationaler Akteure geworden. Insbesondere die Konflikte in Syrien und im Irak haben eine Destabilisierung der gesamten Region mit erheblichen Auswirkungen auf Europa zur Folge. Vor diesem Hintergrund veranstaltete das KAS-Auslandsbüro Syrien/Irak vom 22. bis zum 25. November 2018 eine Fachkonferenz im italienischen Cadenabbia, um über Herausforderungen und Chancen der deutschen Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik in der Region zu diskutieren.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2018

Rule of Law Training Towards Reconciliation in Kirkuk

KAS and ETTC Hold Workshops in Multi-Ethnic City
After the Kurdish independence referendum in 2017, relations between the Central Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq deteriorated. As a result, the Iraqi military drove the Peshmerga, who had been controlling Kirkuk since its liberation from ISIL in 2014, out of the city. This only increased the tensions within the multi-ethnic town, resulting in a dire need of reconciliation and peace-building based on the rule of law. The Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), together with the European Technology and Training Center (ETTC), implemented two five-day training sessions on the topic in Kirkuk.

2018

A Glimpse into Syrian Civil Society

Kesh Malek and KAS Syria/Iraq issue Magazine “Glimpse” Covering Syrian Civil Society Movements
After the start of the Syrian revolution in 2011, the importance of media professionals covering relevant civil society movements in order to spread their values has significantly increased. However, the humanitarian catastrophe and the war in Syria have overshadowed their reports. To highlight the news and the activities of the Syrian civil society and the Syrian communities abroad, the Syrian NGO Kesh Malek collected data of 365 different Syrian NGOs and reached over 2,000 people with the content.
KAS Syrien/Irak

2018

Iraq Leadership Fellows: Class of 2018/2019 Starts its Training

KAS and IRIS Kick Off Second Year of Leadership Academy for new Group of Young Iraqis
Due to the complicated social and political scene in Iraq, particularly focusing on the tensions between Central Iraq and Iraqi-Kurdistan, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), with support of the GPD Charitable Trust, saw the need in 2017 to develop a training academy for future Iraqi leaders, and founded the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF). After the program’s successful first year, a new group of young Iraqis – the class of 2018/2019 – started their training this October in Sulaymaniyah and Erbil.

2018

Respecting Democracy and Human Rights - a fundamental Issue

AD 4 Peace and the KAS Syria/Iraq Office Organize Workshops on Democratic Good Governance and Human Rights Principles
Lebanon has by far the largest number of Syrian refugees in terms of population of all international receiving countries. The presence of the refuge-seeking neighbors has led to increased tensions within the community in recent years. In order enhance the relationship, it is important that the young generation of host and refugee communities positively communicate and learn to appreciate each other. To this end, the organizationAdvanced Democracy for Sustainable Peace (AD 4 Peace) and the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung brought together 22 young Lebanese and Syrians in a series of eight workshops in which they learned together about human rights, democracy and civil society processes.

2018

Securing a Prosperous Future for Iraq

KAS Supports Annual al-Bayan Center Conference on Socio-Economic Challenges to Education Policies in Iraq
With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq office, the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies organized its annual conference in Baghdad on November 24. High-level decision-makers as well as experts and practitioners in the Iraqi education sector attended the event. Dr. Abdul Kareem Al-Faisal, head of the advisory council to the Iraqi Prime Minister, opened the conference with a speech on the socio-economic situation in Iraq. The panels discussed both the current state of the Iraqi education sector and possible solutions to the various challenges that the sector is facing.