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How Democracy Wins

KAS USA / IWDU Panel Discussion: The Role of Female Leadership in the Face of Rising Threats to Democratic Values

With global authoritarianism on the rise, the importance of reliable and consistent leadership is as essential as it has ever been. In national security and foreign policy, women have traditionally played a vital role in promoting democracy, human rights, and social justice.


New Models in Local News: How AI will change the Business of Local News

Workshop hosted by KAS USA and Medill School of Journalism

With breathtaking speed, generative AI is changing how journalists produce and people consume news. One of the major questions is this: How will AI affect the business models of local media around the globe?


Cybertrialogue – United States, Israel and Germany

KAS USA Seminar in October

Building on the June 2023 KAS Cybertrialogue in Berlin, which stressed the challenges and possibilities of democracies to protect critical infrastructure, we continue our event series in Washington, DC. Since the beginning of the Russian war of aggression against the Ukraine the awareness of cybersecurity needs has risen markedly and the focus on resilience has become sharper.

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Threat Perception and Deterrence after the Ukraine War

KAS USA / UVA Online Event

This online event launches a new report by the National Security Policy Center at the University of Virginia, published by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung USA. It sets out to create a new understanding of deterrence and risk in this era of tripolar Great Power Competition.


One Year Inflation Reduction Act

Initial Outcomes and Impacts for US-EU Trade and Investment - KAS USA / E3G Panel Discussion

This event launched a new report by E3G, published by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung USA. It sets out to gather initial evidence of any impacts that the Inflation Reduction Act may have for EU-U.S. trade and cleantech investment.

Study and Information Program

KAS-AJC Exchange Seminar 2023

A Visiting Program in New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL

12 participants from Germany visited New York, NY, Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL for an in depth exchange with U.S. stakeholders. The annual KAS-AJC Exchange Seminar connects political and civic leaders from the U.S. and Germany to shape the relations between Israel, Germany and the U.S., to learn about Jewish life in our countries and to discuss Jewish Advocacy efforts.


KAS USA / AGI Transatlantic Trade Week 2023

The Future of "Friendshoring" and Reconciling Trade and Climate Policies

The global trading system is becoming increasingly contested as domestic, climate, and national security priorities play a larger role in U.S. and EU policymaking. In the United States, the Biden administration – with an approach that has been called "friendshoring" – is looking to reorient supply chains toward like-minded partners. In the European Union, several new policy tools reflect a more geoeconomic approach to policy making.

Study and Information Program

Media Policy and Common Political Challenges from a Transatlantic Perspective

Dialogue Program with State Lawmakers from Hesse

From April 24th to the 28th, a delegation from Hesse traveled to Chicago, IL and Washington, DC for talks with media experts, regional officials, industry stakeholders and academic experts. The state parliamentarians exchanged views with American experts on media policy and possible solutions to polarization on both sides of the Atlantic.

Study and Information Program

World Health Summit Regional Meeting

Visiting Program in Washington, DC with the Members of Bundestag Hermann Gröhe and Dr. Georg Kippels

Hermann Gröhe, Vice Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group, former Federal Minister of Health and Vice Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung visited Washington, DC on the occasion of the World Health Summit Regional Meeting. He was accompanied by fellow Bundestag Member Dr. Georg Kippels, Member of the Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development, the Health Committee, and the Subcommittee on Global Health.

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Dimensions of the Transatlantic Economy, Innovation in Higher Education and Multilateral Cooperation

Visiting program in Boston, New York and Washington, DC with Professor Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rüttgers, former federal minister and former minister president of North Rhine-Westfalia, visited the United States from February 10th to the 17th. He met with experts from academic institutions and research organizations to take an in-depth look at US education and innovation. Rüttgers, a board member of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, held talks with business representatives, high-level political stakeholders and think tank experts about the transatlantic relationship in the light of the war in Ukraine and the state of the economy. Representatives of the United Nations, IOE and ILO discussed with Dr. Rüttgers current challenges and future opportunities to drive the dialogue on both sides of the Atlantic for multilateral cooperation.

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Diplomacy and Security: Perspectives on the Future Direction of U.S. Foreign Policy

The Bush administration and the newly elected Democratic congressional leadership have pledged civility and bipartisanship in a new political landscape in which they must tackle difficult foreign policy issues. On December 6, 2006, the day of the release of the Iraq Study Group report, the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion with foreign policy experts to examine the causes and consequences of past foreign policy failures and successes, and offer alternatives to current national security policy.(Summary in German)

Iraq at the crossroads

An outlook by Senator Jack Reed

On the eve of the congressional midterm elections, one of the most well-regarded and best informed policymakers in the Senate Armed Services Committee, Democratic Senator Jack Reed, shared his perspectives on an issue that many consider to be critical, if not decisive: the current situation in Iraq... (Attached document is in German)

Looking Ahead at the Muslim World after 9/11

Challenges for the United States in the Muslim World after 9-11-01

In der interdisziplinären Veranstaltung untersuchten Experten des United States Institute of Peace Fragestellungen zur muslimischen Welt. Ziel war es, ein „allgemeines Bild“ über die regionalen und internationalen Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten zu entwickeln, die den Vereinigten Staaten in den nächsten Jahren bevorstehen.

Why Iranians Do Not Think Like the Iranian Regime

Presentation by Amir Abbas Fakhravar on the dissident movement in Iran

Während sich der Atomkonflikt mit dem Iran immer stärker zuspitzt und der iranische Präsident Ahmadinedschad weiterhin antisemitische Äußerungen von sich gibt, vergessen viele die Situation der Menschen im Iran selbst. Dabei ist seit der iranischen Revolution 1979 die Studentenbewegung in Teheran die größte innenpolitische Opposition, die dem iranischen Regime gegenübersteht. Von dieser könnte ein möglicher Regimewechsel innerhalb des Iran ausgehen.

The Mistakes 99.9% of Americans Make When Thinking About the EU

Presentation by John Blundellk at the Heritage Foundation

Für viele Amerikaner ist die Europäische Union nur ein abstrakter Begriff. So ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass ein Teil der Amerikaner die EU als eine Bedrohung für die amerikanische Wirtschaft ansieht. Dabei stellt sich die Frage, welche Interessen die EU mit den USA verbinden, und welche politischen und wirtschaftlichen Ansichten sie trennen.

American Politics and the Religious Divide

Panel über die Wechelwirkungen von Religion und Politik

Die Redner setzten sich in der Veranstaltung mit den Zusammenhängen von Religion und Politik auseinander. Die Diskussion fand im Rahmen einer Veranstaltungsreihe statt, die die Wurzeln der heutigen Polarisierung in der amerikanischen Politik untersucht...

A New Strategy for Controlling Illegal Immigration

Presentation by Tom Tancredo on American immigration policy

Die Mehrheit der Amerikaner erwartet vom amerikanischen Kongress, dass das Problem der illegalen Einwanderung bald möglichst gelöst wird. Doch der Kongress scheint sich in dieser Frage nicht zu bewegen. So sind die zwei kürzlich verabschiedeten Vorlagen kaum miteinander vereinbar, und der Status Quo ist vor dem Hintergrund der steigenden Zahl der illegalen Einwanderer nicht länger hinnehmbar. Doch auch die Möglichkeit eines politischen Kompromisses zur Lösung des Problems der illegalen Einwanderung scheint in weite Ferne gerückt.

In Defense of Negativity

Attack Ads in Presidential Campaigns

Amerikanische Wahlkampfkampagnen unterscheiden sich durch ihren Stil sehr stark von Kampagnen in Deutschland. Umfragen in den USA belegen, dass viele Amerikaner glauben, dass Wahlwerbung Wahlen und sogar demokratisches Regieren untergrabe.

The Fall of Post-Communism: Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe

Rede des polnischen Ministerpräsidenten zum Transitions-

In seiner Rede über den Transitionsprozess osteuropäischer Staaten nach dem Fall des Kommunismus illustrierte der polnische Ministerpräsident Jarosław Kaczyński am Beispiel Polens die Schwierigkeiten der Demokratisierung des ehemaligen kommunistischen Systems und die Problematik der Liberalisierung der Wirtschaft.

A United Nations Strengthened by and Strengthening Democracy

Presentation by Mark Lagon on the Reform of the United Nations

Mit der Wahl eines neuen UN-Generalsekretärs im Dezember 2006 soll eine neue Ära der Vereinten Nationen anbrechen. Eine der Hauptaufgaben des neuen Generalsekretärs wird dabei sein, die UN zu reformieren und die Demokratie in der Welt zu stärken.