Events

Expert conference

Democracy in Crisis, Democracy in Change: From Popular Defiance to Citizen Participation

In partnership with L’Observatoire de la fonction publique et de la bonne Gouvernance (OFP) of the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut (USJ), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) is holding on the 14th of November, 2019, a conference on the challenge of participative democracy in Europe and Lebanon with the participation of politicians, experts and academics from Europe and Lebanon. The conference will take place at the Amphithéâtre Gulbenkian, Bâtiment A, Campus des sciences sociales, rue Huvelin, in Achrafieh from 09:00 am until 18:00 pm. Even today, democracy is still a struggle of citizens against abuses not only in countries with authoritarian rule but also in some Western democracies that are currently experiencing a crisis of representative democracy. Therefore, the conference will tackle the following topics: “Challenges and limits of participatory democracy “, “The Internet at the service of citizen participation”, “Innovative local experiences” and then try to show ways “Towards a real citizen participation in Lebanon”

Workshop

Workshop “Women Economic Empowerment in rural areas”

The workshop will be offered by KAS as part of a series of events to boost women's economic benefits in rural areas. The aim is to promote the participating female entrepreneurs in the areas of financial management, marketing and branding and to network with each other. The theoretical part of the workshop will be complemented by practical exercises in which the participants will present their goods to a broad public.

Study and Information Program

Call for Applications Research Assistant in Lebanon

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), in cooperation with The Middle East Institute for Research and Strategic Studies (MEIRSS), seeks a full-time research assistant to play a key role in a project dealing with Lebanon’s National Defense Strategy. The aim is to support a research project analyzing the political situation surrounding possible negotiations over a defense strategy, both on a national and regional level.

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Empowering Women Through Military Service

Under the patronage of General Joseph Aoun, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces, the Committee for Women Political Empowerment is honored to invite you to attend the Conference on "Empowering Women Through Military Service" on Tuesday, Wednesday, 18 and 19 June 2019. Opening: Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 5:30 pm

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E.U. Election Night

Europe is awaiting the E.U. 2019 elections with a notably higher anticipation and attention than previous elections. The results bear the potential to change not only the E.U.’s political dynamics, but also Europe’s role in the Middle East.

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Press Conference: The public survey on the economic and financial conditions in Lebanon

Between December 4th and December 13th 2018 Statistics Lebanon interviewed on behalf of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) citizens in all governorates and regions of Lebanon on their opinion on the Lebanese economy, the political situation and their financial self-assessment. Findings show personal views on Lebanon in times of omnipresent challenges.

Discussion

The United States under Trump: Internal Dynamics and Repercussions on the Middle East

Since 2017 the United States’ strategy towards the Middle East Region has shifted. The Trump administration has generated worldwide attention by moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, cutting funds to UNRWA and announcing the withdrawal of its troops from war-torn Syria in late December 2018.

Workshop

Workshop for the Lebanese Army - CIMIC

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Beirut and SMART Center, in close cooperation with and on the request of CIMIC, organized a 5-day workshop aiming at empowering army members by practicing non-violent communication techniques for effective conflict prevention and conflict resolution and at promoting civil-military cooperation within the Lebanese army.

Event Reports

Comparative workshop: sectarian societies in post-conflict environments

20 international academics and experts met on the 2nd and 3rd December in Beirut in the framework of a comparative workshop that discussed the commonalities and challenges of multi-sectarian societies seeking unity and peace after suffering long periods of conflict experience. The expert roundtable, which was organized jointly with the KAS Office Bosnia-Herzegovina, included Lebanese experts, six participants from Bosnia-Herzegovina and other participants from Iraq and Northern Ireland.

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Electoral Law Reform - Proposing Amendments for the Next Legislative Elections in Lebanon

Yesterday, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted a roundtable discussion in cooperation with the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs on the following topic: “Electoral Law Reform - Proposing Amendments for the Next Legislative Elections in Lebanon”

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Conference on “democracy in crisis, democracy in change: From popular defiance to citizen participation”

In partnership with the Observatoire de la fonction publique et de la bonne Gouvernance OFP of the Saint-Joseph University in Beirut (USJ) the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) conducted an international conference on the 14th of November, 2019, on the challenge of participative democracy in Europe and Lebanon with the participation of politicians, experts and academics from Europe and Lebanon. The conference took place at the Campus des sciences sociales of the University (Rue Huvelin), in Achrafieh in the presence of more than 100 participants (activists, academics, politicians, journalists and students) from Lebanon and abroad.

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Enhancing writing skills of local NGO researchers, public administration employees and analysts

From the 11th – 14th of November, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation hosted with the local research organisation SYNAPS an intensive workshop on writing, editing and communication for 11 non-native local NGO researchers, public administration employees and analysts. The workshop delivered a comprehensive training in producing written work and marketing it for a targeted audience.

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The Foreign Policy of Lebanon: Building Neutrality in the 21st Century

On Tuesday, 24.09.2019, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the International Relations Bureau of the Lebanese Kataeb Party organized a conference in the Phoenicia Hotel Beirut entitled “The Foreign Policy of Lebanon: Building Neutrality in the 21st Century”. MP Samy Gemayel, the President of the Kataeb Party, Dr. Malte Gaier, Resident Representative to Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Lebanon, and Mrs. Joelle Bou Abboud, Member of the Political Bureau, opened the conference which continued with two in-depth expert panels.

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Resist, Maneuver, or Concede? Three Paths for Iran Facing US Resolve

On Thursday, 12.09.2019, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation organized in cooperation with Maison du Futur a simulation workshop in Bikfaya. The topic of the workshop was "Resist, Maneuver, or Concede? Three Paths for Iran Facing U.S. Resolve" and revolved around three potential scenarios in the context of the tensions between Iran and the USA. The aim of this war-game like simulation was to analyse potential dynamics and triggers of each scenario in order to raise awareness for escalating factors.

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Capacity building of CIMIC/LAF in conflict resolution and mediation

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organized together with Lebanese Association for Mediation and Conciliation (LAMAC) for the 3rd time a conflict resolution and mediation training for 25 officers of various units of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) for 5 days under the patronage of LAF’s Department of Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC ).

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Capacity building of CIMIC/LAF in proposal writing and project management

The Konrad Adenauer Foundation organized in cooperation with SMART Center a 5-day workshop on proposal writing skills, from the 29th of August to the 4th of September at CIMIC training premises in Fayyadieh. This training was provided for 25 officers from various units of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) under the patronage of LAF’s Department of Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC ) and it is a follow up training for the Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) after successfully completing a training program during May 2018, which included topics related to Project Planning, Field Operation, Communication, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills.

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Development of the Lebanese Gas Resources, Opportunities and Challenges

On 7th August 2019, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) held a roundtable discussion on current developments concerning the Lebanese gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean. Together with numerous experts as well as representatives of foreign embassies, chances and challenges of gas extraction by Lebanon were discussed. The event took place at the Lancaster Plaza Hotel in Raouche. The main focus laid on the presentation of Brigadier General Khaled Hamade's policy paper "Development of the Middle East Gas: Opportunities & Challenges".

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Economic Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas – Halba/Akkar

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Beirut, in partnership with the Committee for Women and Children at Lebanese Parliament, the SMART Center and the Union of Municipalities of Al Shafat launched the third and last workshop out of three entitled “Economic Empowerment of Women in Rural Areas”. The workshop took place on the 15.07.2019 in Halba - Akkar in the presence of women from Wadi Khaled, Akkar and Tyre and women entrepreneurs, mayors and dignitaries from the region. The workshop, aimed to shed the light at the women entrepreneurs in the region and train them in areas related to financial management, marketing and branding. It also gave the women entrepreneurs from the region the opportunity to network with women entrepreneurs from the region of Tyros and with each other. The theoretical part of the workshop was complemented by practical exercises as well as an exhibition in which the participants presented their goods to a broad public and to each other for peer review.