Event Reports

Reintegration and Deradicalization of ISIL Victims

KAS and Yahad in Unum Support Traumatized Yazidis in Iraqi Kurdistan

The Sinjar region in the north of Iraq was one of the main theaters of the atrocities committed by the Islamic State (ISIL). It was there that ISIL committed genocide against the country’s Yezidi population after occupying the territory around the Sinjar Mountains in August 2014. While most residents have left the region, many internally displaced have been returning home since the Peshmerga freed it a year later.

Challenges for the Stabilization of the Middle East

KAS and MERI Organize Annual "MERI Forum" with Focus on Instability in the Middle East and Solutions to this Challenge

With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq office, the Middle East Reserach Institute (MERI) organized the annual MERI Forum in Erbil on October 23 and 24. High-level decision-makers from Iraq as well as experts and diplomats from the Middle East, Europe and the United States attended the event.

KAS supports Local Citizen Journalists and Independent Media in Syria

Syria/Iraq Office and Syria Direct Train Citizen Journalists to Promote Local Journalism

The Syrian civil war has caused a significant amount of suffering and destruction in Syria since its beginning in 2011. Now, even as the violence dies down in many areas in Syria, the conflict is not yet over, and as the war enters this new phase, the need for critical and investigative journalists becomes increasingly evident. The lack of resources and on-the-ground coverage that ensued as a result of the conflict has given rise to independent, local journalism since 2013. In order to promote the young and independent media landscape in Syria, KAS and the NGO Syria Direct conducted training courses for citizen journalists in areas recently freed from the control of the Islamic State and for citizen journalists residing in displaced communities.

Increasing Stability in the Liberated Areas in Iraq

KAS and WEO Hold Workshops and Conference on Increasing Stability in the Liberated Areas of Ninawa

After the return of a number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the areas liberated from the Islamic State (ISIL) occupation in Ninawa, social tension between the host communities and the returnees were on the rise. This is likely to increase further as distribution issues concerning the rebuilding and reintegration add to the mistrust that was established between those who had to flee and the ones who stayed. Therefore, maintaining peaceful relations, or at least a tolerant coexistence, between host communities and returnees is essential to ensure a conducive environment for adequate durable solutions to be implemented.

Facilitation of the Youth’s Political Participation in Ninawa

KAS and TAD Hold Training and Roundtables on Enhanced Participation of Youth Activists in Ninawa

The Iraqi Province of Ninawa was recently freed from the Islamic State’s (ISIL) control after a violent and destructive war of liberation. The former Iraqi capital of ISIL, Mosul, was particularly affected due to infrastructural destruction, including hospitals, water and electricity plants, but the destruction was not confined to material infrastructure. Mistrust between the population and its local government became an increasingly critical obstruction to the practice of democracy, transparency and accountability in the city.

Young People as Key Actors in the Process of Peacebuilding after ISIL

KAS and Al-Haq Hold Training Workshops to Promote Youth Engagement in Peacebuilding in the Governorate of Kirkuk

Throughout the years of the Islamic State’s (ISIL) military advancement in Iraq, the Kirkuk Province suffered greatly from the battles fought against the terror organizations. After its military defeat, the citizens of the province were not only left with physically injured, but they are also still feeling the aftermath of the deep reaching social damage that was done to their community, especially after the discovery of sleeping ISIL cells within the society. As Kirkuk’s population is very diverse, representing many different ethnic and religious groups, such as Arabs, Kurds, Turkmans, Christians and Muslims, it is necessary to reestablish harmonious coexistence within the community through a peacebuilding process. Considering that 65 percent of the Iraqi population is under the age of 30, it is essential that the youth plays a key role in this process, implementing peace agreements and consolidating national unity.

Hate Speech Monitoring by Journalists and Clerics in Iraq


Parallel to the efforts on rebuilding Iraq after the military defeat of the Islamic State (ISIL), there is a dire need to reconstruct the Iraqi social fabric in order to ensure peaceful coexistence among communities. Hateful rhetoric has been used not only by extremist groups but also by politicians, media representatives and religious leaders. This led to hate vocabulary and terminology penetrating the realm of popular culture, normalizing hate speech in socio-political debates and discussions. This, in turn, is exacerbating social tensions between ethno-religious communities who used to live together before the rise of ISIL.

Reintegration of Former Militiamen in Basra

Kas and Al-Firdaws Society Hold Peacebuilding Workshops in Basra

In the Province of Basra in southern Iraq, there are more than 44 armed factions, consisting of thousands of young men who answered the religious call (Fatwa) to liberate Iraq from the Islamic State. The mental and emotional health of these young men was highly affected by the violence they witnessed in the battlefields, which makes their reintegration into civil life challenging.

Straddling Between Society and State in the Middle East

KAS and the Brookings Doha Center hold a workshop on non-state actors and the search for equilibrium in Iraq and Syria

In many countries of the Middle East non-state actors take over the actual responsibilities of the state and therefore disrupt the local equilibrium of power. The reasons for this are the instability and fragility in the region and the involved dysfunctional relationship between state and society. Thus many countries cannot even guarantee security for its people or basic needs, such as water and electricity services.

Political Decision-Makers from Ninawa Discuss Future Models of Governance

KAS and MERI Organize a Debate between Actors from Ninawa about the Future of the Province

After the war against the Islamic State (ISIL), the stabilization process and the effort to rebuild state structures take high priority in the Ninawa province. As such, former structural issues of governance should be addressed to ensure long-term stability in the province. Against this backdrop, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office and the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized a conference in Erbil on the 10th of September, 2018, during which Ninawa political decision-makers and actors of all levels met to discuss possible solutions for the current challenges of governance.

About this series

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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