Digital Media, Politics and Elections in India

ISAS-KAS Joint Workshop
The 2019 Indian general election has seen a widespread and innovative use of digital media and technology. Most political parties have employed digital media extensively for campaigning and mobilization. India already has 900 million eligible voters, and an estimated half-a-billion have access to the Internet. The country has 300 million Facebook users and over 200 million on WhatsApp, which is more than any other democracy. In addition, millions in India use Twitter. The ISAS-KAS joint workshop will look at three broad themes: i) Mapping the digital media landscape in India and its connection to politics; ii) analysing the role of digital media in election campaigns; and iii) discussing fake news and disinformation campaigns and ways of regulation.​​​​​​​


Panel Discussion: The Role of Digital Media in the 2019 Indian General Elections

ISAS-KAS Joint Panel Discussion
The 2019 Indian general elections were dubbed by some as `WhatsApp election". The ISAS-KAS panel will discuss the ways in which political parties used digital media during the 2019 election campaign, the extent of disinformation and the attempts to curb fake news.


Asian Women Parliamentarian Caucus

This year, continuing the discussion on The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Asian Women Parliamentarian will meet in Hong Kong to discuss "Engaging Civil Society Organisation- Advocating Women’s Rights and Participation” ; where we will also look at the confluence of SGD 16 and how CSO and women parliamentarians can engage together to increase the rights and participation of women .

Expert talk

KAS E-lection Bridge Asia - Pacific 2019

2019 is an election year for most of the Asian countries and for the entire Europe. With the threats to democracy continue to persist, this conference will tackle the issues on the influence of military, ethnicity, and religion in democratic elections. The meeting will also explore the future of digital campaigning considering the advancement of information and communication technologies. At the same time, the experts will share best practice examples and discuss recently held and upcoming elections in the region. Main speaker of the conference is Dr. Klaus Schüler, who was the main campaign manager behind the last four successful election campaigns of Germany's governing party CDU.


KAS T20 Associated Event

The View of non-G20 Members on Global Governance
The T(hink)20 Summit is the research and policy advice network for the G20. In the meeting, the world’s leading think tanks will guide policy innovations to help G20 Leaders address pressing global challenges and deliver more inclusive, sustainable growth. The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) has been supporting this T20 process for several years and will organize an associated event before this year’s official summit.

Expert conference

South Asia and the Indo-Pacific

A group of South Asian experts will be visiting Germany to engage in a dialogue on the topic of “Indo Pacific” with policymakers, think tanks and members of parliament.


Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP): Third Training Workshop for KASYP Batch (09) 2018-2019

Leadership Training in Campaigning
The third training workshop of the KASYP training programme focuses on the role of political parities in elections and electoral campaigning. For this year, KASYP Batch (09) 2018-2019 will meet this coming April in Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China to learn and understand electoral campaigning and its many tools as well as the importance of providing organised electoral choices to the public through political parties.


First Meeting of the KAS Network of Young Asian Security Experts

The Regional Programme Political Dialogue has started a new initiative called the KAS Network of Young Asian Security Experts. The group will consist of political advisors as well as representatives from ministries and think tanks and hold its first meeting in Berlin from 18 to 20 March 2019.

Event Reports

The Role of Digital Media in the 2019 Indian General Elections

by Katharina Naumann

ISAS-KAS Joint Panel Discussion
Konrad-Adenuaer-Stiftung Political Dialogue Asia and the Institute of South Asian Studies co-organised a panel discussion on 27th June 2019 on the role of digital media in the 2019 Indian General Elections. The panel explored the effects of social media not just on elections, but on the broader political culture. It also offered insight into the digital strategies of parties like the BJP and Congress, and addressed the problem of fake news and misinformation.

Event Reports

E-Lection Bridge Asia-Pacific 2019

The E-Lection Bridge Asia-Pacific is a yearly event hosted by the Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia, in order to facilitate exchange between campaign strategists from different countries in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s E-Lection Bridge features participants from a variety of regions, including a sizeable delegation from this year’s host country, Myanmar.

Event Reports

Singapore – Germany: The future of mobility

How the internet of things and on-demand transport transforms cities and challenges our way of thinking.
A lively discussion with several experts from Singapore and Europe took place during the annual Asia & Pacific Week. How will digitalization revolutionise our idea of cities and transportation? AI, big data, automated on-demand vehicles and even flight taxis – the participants immerged deeply into the matter!

Event Reports

Third Training Workshop for KASYP Batch 2018-2019

The third training of each Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP) batch aims to provide the participants with the understanding of electoral campaigning and its many tools as well as the importance of providing organised electoral choices to citizens through political parties. To achieve this goal the 9th KASYP batch met from 22nd to 25th of April in Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China.

Event Reports

Young Experts Discuss Security Threats in Asia and Beyond

by Patrick Rüppel

15 experts from 13 different countries in the Asia-Pacific region joined the initial meeting of the KAS Network of Young Asian Security Experts in Berlin. They discussed current and strategic national security threats to their respective countries and had in-depth exchanges with German policy- and decision-makers.

Event Reports

Commencement of the 10th Batch of Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP)

First Training-Workshop on Political Party Functions and Organization in Democratic Societies
“Every new beginning holds its own magic.” The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung welcomes the 16 new participants of the tenth batch of the Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP). The young politicians from nine different Asian countries met in Manila, the Philippines from 18 – 22 February for their first training session, which provided them with deeper knowledge on political ideologies and party systems around Asia as well as techniques in pursuing political projects in their own party.

Event Reports

Asia-Europe Counterterrorism Dialogue

„The way to mitigate the terrorist threat is to find a collaboration format that can accommodate the interests of all parties” This was the key message of Indonesia's Minister of Defence General Ryamizard Ryacudu during his keynote address at the 3rd annual Asia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue organized by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

Event Reports

Asia/Pacific-German Strategic Dialogue in Seoul

“In an increasingly volatile international system, Germany and countries in the Asia-Pacific have common security concerns, share strategic interests and should cooperate more.” The current foreign and security policy of the United States of America and the more assertive approach by China present both Germany and small and middle powers in the Asia-Pacific with significant challenges. Yet, most of those countries subscribe to a rules-based international order and multilateralism. On 30 October 2018, eight representatives of Parliaments from seven different countries met at the first “Asia/Pacific-German Strategic Dialogue” in Seoul / Republic of Korea to discuss this situation.

Event Reports

KAS Young Political Leaders Caucus 2018

KAS Young Political Leaders Caucus (KASYP-LC) is an annual platform for the alumni of the KASYP programme that aims to nurture and sustain the dialogue, exchange, and sharing of expertise and experience in political party building, policymaking, constituency work, sustainable development, and democracy building.

Event Reports

Thailand's ASEAN Chairmanship 2019

Under Singaporean ASEAN Chairmanship, an exciting and successful year 2018 is drawing to a close. Due to continued economic growth, enhanced cooperation, and lasting stability in Southeast Asia, ASEAN further advanced its importance . In the coming year, Singapore will hand over the chairmanship to Thailand, whose government is to put the goals of the ten member states into practice with new strength. When Thailand takes office, it will not only face new opportunities and chances, but also challenges and difficulties. Many experts and politicians around the world are dealing with these issues, some of whom exchanged views at a three-day conference in Bangkok from 2 to 4 December.