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Watchdog Asia Network Launch

Investigative journalism in Asia faces a number of challenges. With journalists being threatened and attacked and criminal libel laws frequently being used against them, the press freedom index across the continent remains low. As an answer to these various challenges, Watchdog Asia was founded in 2016 to support, promote and actively produce investigative journalism and ethical reporting across Asia. The network of senior journalists and editors from various Asian countries aims at strengthening independent cross-border and data-driven journalism by providing resources and networking opportunities to investigative journalists in Asia. The launch event will be an opportunity for an exclusive group of senior journalists, editors, think tank representatives and European officials to learn about Watchdog Asia's work and the existing challenges to investigative journalism across Asia. A light dinner and drinks will be provided.

Study and Information Program

Watchdog Asia

Promoting regional investigative journalism
Watchdog Asia is an Asian association of senior editors and journalists to support, promote, and actively produce investigative journalism. It aims at strengthening independent cross-border, investigative, and data-driven journalism in Asia. It also provides resources and networking opportunities to investigative journalists in Asia and a platform to cooperate with other investigative journalism networks globally.

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Libya, Towards a War of Attrition

Four months after Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) began the offensive on Tripoli to seize control of the capital from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), Western Libya is caught in a war of attrition. The conflict has become bogged down in a stalemate on the capital's outskirts. The involvment of external forces has further fueled the conflict. Whilst the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have supported the LNA's military activities, Turkey, and Qatar have supported the GNA and helped the UN-backed government resist Haftar's territorial offensives. With France supportive of the LNA and Italy siding with the GNA, there has been no common EU position. UN-backed plans for elections to install a new government overseeing all of Libya have so far failed, and it remains unclear whether any of the country's well-armed factions would respect any results. According to the WHO the new conflict has left 1,093 people dead and 120,000 displaced and provoked sharp rifts within and among communities in western Libya, and deepened the divide between the eastern and western parts of the country. What are the prospects for Libya's conflict? What is the potential impact of a Libyan war of attrition on Europe? What is the role of the EU and its member states in potentially ending the conflict?

Seminar

EU-MENA Young Leaders Academy on Sustainability and Resource Security

Aware that common regional and international efforts are needed to support sustainable livelihoods and future resource security in the MENA region, the Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa (REMENA) and the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue (MNED) of Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) organize jointly an “EU-MENA Young Leaders Academy on Sustainability and Resource Security”, from September 23 to 27, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Democracy under pressure: Voices from Cambodia and Venezuela

How can the European Union support democratic change?
The European Union (EU) supports democratisation and fundamental freedoms in partner countries worldwide. Through political dialogue, the mainstreaming of democratic principles and specific development programmes, the EU seeks to support reform processes and democratic institution building in order to encourage political pluralism. Yet in many countries, the EU is confronted with a lack of democratic accountability and political checks and balances, a steady weakening of democratic institutions by ruling governments and a resulting decline in political rights for all. While Cambodia is experiencing an ongoing erosion of democratic foundations and high levels of corruption, Venezuela is amid a multidimensional crisis of ongoing human rights violations, the erosion of the rule of law and the dismantlement of democratic institutions. By providing first hand insights from these two countries, this closed-door debate will discuss opportunities for democratic developments in Cambodia and Venezuela and analyse how EU efforts can better support democratic change in a country-specific context.

Study and Information Program

"Circular Plastics Economy – Best Practice Options for a Global Challenge"

Exchange opportunities for experts of municipal and national administration from Asia and Latin America
The Dialogue Program aims to invite six administrative experts from Asia (India, Indonesia, Vietnam) and Latin America (Chile) who are, in particular, dealing with the challenges of introducing a Circular Economy as well as the avoidance, usage, reusability, recycling and deposition of plastics. In Brussels, these experts are supposed to engage with the successful ‘European Circular Economy Action Plan’ and the ‘European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’. The program aims to introduce the experts to relevant contacts in the European institutions as well as the Civil Society to exchange best-practices. As such, the program wants to offer insights into the implementation of a Circular Economy and its related industries such as the synthetics and waste sector.

Expert talk

Promoting Water Security in the MENA

Water technology solutions in development cooperation & the role of SMEs
In the exchange, leading experts and innovators in the field of water technology will present their latest innovations and give best practices examples of successful knowledge transfer and implementation of water technologies in the region. Local and international experts and representatives from politics, business and civil society will discuss and tackle the following questions: • What are the MENA region’s most pressing challenges concerning water security? How to address them properly? • What are best economic framework conditions to promote and improve inter and intraregional water technology transfer of SMEs? How to enhance investment protection and capacity building? • How to make sure water technology knowledge is sustainable and to the benefit of the people in need?

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Stabilising the war economy of Libya

Policy recommendations for EU action
Finding sustainable solutions to stabilise the war economy of Libya requires a holistic approach. Key economic issues are linked to political processes and the highly complex security architecture in the country. The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has increased its efforts to support economic reforms. In its policy recommendations for the European Union, a KAS task force similarly called for a broader and more coherent EU-approach in Libya. This briefing seeks to debate policy recommendations for the European Union to support Libya in stabilising its economy.

Event Reports

Land Degradation, Climate Change and Migration

by Johannes Hügel

Challenges for the EU and Africa
This report gives a summary of the debate about the nexus land degradation, climate change and migration in the European and West African context, held in the European Parliament among high-ranking officials from international institutions and the European Commission. Amongst others, Mrs. Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, H.E. Mr. Hemou, Ambassador of ECOWAS to the EU, and Mr. Calleja Crespo, Director-General of DG ENV, gave insights into the current policy field and upcoming challenges.

Event Reports

European Development Days 2016

by Luis Blanco

Turning commitments into actions?
The report presents the highlights of the European Development Days 2016.

Event Reports

EU-Latin America Relations

Charting a course for the future
This conference report summarizes the main issues discussed by the participants of the conference EU-Latin America Relations, which was held in Brussels on 4 June 2015.

Event Reports

On the Right Path to paris?

Can Green Growth Be a New Narrative to Unblock a Climate Deal?
This publication synthetizes and reflects on the discussions conducted at the expert roundtable 'On the Right Path to Paris?', which took place in London in October 2014. It offers a perspective on the concept of 'green growth' and explores its potential as the foundation of a narrative that might change the global climate landscape ahead and beyond Paris 2015.

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Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation

Strategy paper
This strategy paper summarizes the recommendations agreed by the participants of the workshop "Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation", organized by the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, g7+ and ILO on 30-31 March 2015 in Brussels. The participants from more than twenty countries agreed on eight recommendations to be taken into consideration by fragile states in their policies for job creation.

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Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation

by Luis Blanco

This report summarizes the main issues discussed at the conference "Jobs for Peace and Resilience in the Framework of F2F Cooperation". It approaches the link between employment and the consolidation of peace in the aftermath of conflicts and points out key-issues that must be taken into consideration by fragile states in the development of strategies for job creation.

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Water

A factor of instability or an opportunity for cooperation?
This publication summarizes the discussions held at the workshop “Water: a factor of instability or an opportunity for cooperation?”. The event aimed to provide a platform for dialogue and lessons learnt on a wide variety of challenges associated with transboundary water management, water diplomacy, and regional and multilateral cooperation on water governance. The event was attended by policy-makers, practitioners and experts.

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What to expect from Lima? Regaining momentum on the road to Paris?

by Luis Blanco

The event assessed the expectations of the negotiation parties regarding the outcomes of the COP-20 with key stakeholders in the global climate negotiations.

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ISAF Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and the Emerging Security Challenges for Neighboring Central Asian States

by Luis Blanco

Amid NATO’s decision to complete the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in December 2014 the central Asian region faces a period of apprehension. In this context, the Multinational Development Policy Dialogue of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung organised on 27th November 2013 the expert dinner roundtable 'ISAF Troop Withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and the Emerging Security Challenges for Neighbouring Central Asian States'. H.E. Ambassador Patricia Flor, European Union Special Representative for Central Asia, was the key-note speaker. This report summarizes the main discussion topics in the event.

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China's foreign policy under Xi Jinping

by Luis Blanco

In its 16th edition, the Informal Roundtable on China discussed the perspectives and perceptions from Europe and Chinese neighboring countries about China’s foreign policy under Xi Jinping. The present report summarizes the key issues discussed in the event: the priorities of the Chinese foreign policy under Xi Jinping; the bilateral relationship with the European Union; and the perceptions from neighboring countries.
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