Event Reports - Syria/Iraq Office
Hate Speech Monitoring by Journalists and Clerics in Iraq
KAS AND MCMD HOLD WORKSHOPS ON IDENTIFYING AND CONFRONTING HATE SPEECH 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.
Minority Representation in the KRI
Open Think Tank and KAS hold Conference in Erbil on Political Representation
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is home not only to Kurds but also to various ethnic and religious minorities. To date, eleven seats are reserved to Assyrian-Chaldeans, Turkmens and Armenians out of the 111 seats constituting the Kurdistan Parliament. Other minorities are not included in this quota system. With the upcoming regional elections in the KRI, Yazidis and other minorities pushed for a better representation in the parliament.
ICG Publishes KAS-Supported Study on South Syria
Paper Aims at Contributing to Peaceful Resolution of Conflict in Southern Syria
In July 2017, Russia as the most important backer of the Syrian Assad-regime, the United States and Jordan agreed on establishing a de-escalation” in Southern Syria in the Daraa and Quneitra governorates. The ceasefire agreement that has protected south-western Syria for nearly a year is in danger of collapse. Having retaken the last opposition enclaves in greater Damascus and outside Homs, Syrian regime forces are turning south. A military confrontation could have grave implications for the area and lead to a dangerous regional escalation.
Peacebuilding through Scientific Research
KAS and IID Hold Workshop for Women of Mosul’s Qadirat Organization
The Ninawa province in Iraq is diverse in terms of religion, ethnicity and culture. During the occupation of Mosul by the 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 the first women’s organization in Mosul.
Achieving good governance in Iraqi-Kurdistan through reforms
KAS and MERI Organize Two Conferences on Nation-Building in Dohuk and Erbil
In light of the weak governance in Iraqi Kurdistan the entire governing system is threating to fail. In order to establish good governance and promote legitimization among the civil society, there is a need for reforms especially of the legislature powers. To strengthen the rule of law, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung together with the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) organized two conferences on the subject of nation building in Dohuk and Erbil.
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