2019

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.

2019

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.

2019

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

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.