Publications

Instability and Interrelated Conflict: Evolving Security Dynamics in the Middle East

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Syria/Iraq office and the Foreign Policy Research Institute held a two-day virtual dialogue on challenges posed by the conflict in Syria, the role of the Russian Federation in the Middle East, and the future of Iranian-American tensions.

Flickr/DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Lynette Hoke, the U.S. Army/CC BY 2.0

Iraq – Between battlefield and anchor of stability

100 Days of Biden administration in Iraq

In the first 100 days of President Biden's tenure, attacks by pro-Iranian militias on US-targets in Iraq haveincreased. Even if the newly elected president wants to avoid for Iraq to become the battlefield of a USIranianconfrontation and while seeking dialogue with Tehran, Biden must show the Iranian regime and itsmilitias their limits. The future of Iraq and with it the stability of the region depends heavily on the USpolicy towards Iran.

KAS Syria/Iraq

„From Beirut to Baghdad – Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ (Episode 5)

Interview with Ibrahim Olabi, a British-Syrian lawyer and human rights activist, on the prosecution of war crimes, the effect of sanctions and Europe's restraint in Syria

„From Beirut to Baghdad ─ Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ is a podcast by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Syria/Iraq-Office. Based in Beirut, the podcast discusses current political issues in the region with the foundation’s on the ground partners in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East. Each episode sheds light on up-to-date political, social and economic topics, and provides insights into life and work from Beirut to Baghdad.

Wikimedia Commons, Mstyslav Chernov

Iraq’s internally displaced: A protracted crisis

What are the past and present aspects as well as possible future solutions for the persisting crisis of Iraq’s internally displaced people?

At present, around 1.2 million Iraqis are facing a state of internal displacement. Given that many of them are dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival, especially the recent closure of internally displaced people (IDP) camps across Iraq has raised again old, unresolved questions of reconstruction, reintegration and return.

Bashar M. Warda, Archbishop of Erbil

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq and the plight of Iraqi Christians

Interview with Bashar M. Warda, Archbishop of Erbil

Bashar M. Warda, Archbishop of Erbil, talks about the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in the beginning of March 2021 and its significance for the country’s ancient Christian community, which has been dwindling under marginalization and security concerns in Iraq.

REUTERS / KHALID AL-MOUSILY

The Iranian Crescent – Part 1

Iraqi-Iranian Relations Since 2003

The article series “The Iranian Crescent” analyzes Iran’s political, geostrategic and economic interests in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Part one of the trilogy sheds light on Iraqi-Iranian relations since the fall of the Saddam regime

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Success against all odds

A daily struggle of making a living as refugee in Lebanon

An estimated 1.5 million Syrian and about 40,000 Iraqi refugees are currently living in Lebanon. Building a new life after fleeing your home country is a daily struggle. Some, however, succeed against all odds.

Sam Dagher

A Tragedy and a Revolt for Freedom and Dignity

Sam Dagher on the Arab Spring in Syria and Iraq Ten Years after the Uprisings

In this interview Sam Dagher speaks about his experience in Damascus and Baghdad, discusses what is left of the demands a decade after the uprisings, and explains why there is still hope despite of the ongoing conflicts and violence.

KAS Syria/Iraq

„From Beirut to Baghdad – Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ (Episode 4)

Interview with Sam Dagher, journalist and author, on the the Arab Spring in Syria and Iraq and what is left of the demands and hopes of 2011

„From Beirut to Baghdad – Konrad’s Journey through the Middle East“ is a podcast by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation’s Syria/Iraq-Office. Based in Beirut, the podcast discusses current political issues in the region with the foundation’s on the ground partners in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East. Each episode sheds light on up-to-date political, social and economic topics, and provides insights into life and work from Beirut to Baghdad.

Wikimedia Commons

The Integration of Syrian Refugees in Iraq

Exploring Movements and Realities of Syrian Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan

Syrian families increasingly reside outside camps in contrast to earlier years of displacement. This movement is driven mainly by seeking paid jobs and accessing better services. The majority of Syrian refugees are settled in the the KRI and are not considering returning to Syria, mainly due to the absence of pre-war stability in their areas of origin and their high concentration which offers a support network. Despite a widespread desire to relocate to Europe, only about 20% have firm plans to take refuge in the EU.