Expert conference

4th Asia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue

Collaboration between the State and Civil Society Organizations in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism
From 17 to 19 September, 2019, the Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) will hold the 4th Asia-Europe Counter-Terrorism Dialogue. The topic of this year’s dialogue will be “Collaboration between the State and Civil Society Organizations in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism”.

Study and Information Program

Enabling Digital Innovation

Dialogue Programme
We are gathering 12 experts on digital innovation and policy from across Asia in Berlin to discuss how we can encourage innovation and how regulatory policies can create an environment conducive for digital innovation. The 5-day programme will comprise of a mix of events and meetings with government representatives and Members of Parliament as well as start ups, research institutes, and think tanks.


The Age of Digital Interdependence

Multi-stakeholder forum on the Report of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has launched a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation with the aim to identify good examples and propose modalities for working cooperatively across sectors, disciplines and borders to address challenges in the digital age. The report of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation makes a set of actionable recommendations in different fields of digitalisation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung has been asked by the United Nations to support the UN’s inquiry about the countries‘ perspectives on the suggestions made by the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.


Understanding the Impact of Digitalisation on Society

Bangladesh has become an emerging country in the world of digitalisation. With the Vision 2021 which aims to transform Bangladesh into technologically advanced nation by the year 2021, the country has seen radical digital transformations in its society.

Study and Information Program

Konrad Adenauer School for Young Politicians (KASYP): Final Training for the 9th Batch in Germany

Opportunities and Challenges for Europe
After completing three training modules on political party organizations and functions, local governance and development, leadership in campaigning, and implementing their political projects, 17 young politicians from 7 Asian countries will be participating in the final training module of the KASYP programme in Berlin and Thuringia, Germany from 25 – 31 August 2019.


The Age of Digital Interdependence

Multi-stakeholder forum on the Report of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is organising a series of workshops all over the world to discuss the report of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Book presentation

Trade and Economic Connectivity in the Age of Uncertanity

The global economy and trade system are not only undergoing massive shifts, but are also facing myriad of challenges. Unilateral trade polices due to rising protectionism, trade wars, weakening of financial institutions, and the depiction of trade liberalising agreements as a threat have led to rising uncertainties.


KASYP 10th Year Grand Alumni Meeting

A decade of shaping young democratic leaders in Asia
This year's KASYP alumni meeting is a mixture of celebrating milestones, recognizing achievements, revisiting and reinventing the programme's raison d’etre, and strengthening camaraderie. It will include a Gala Dinner, Workshop Sessions, a Panel Discussion on the Future of Democracy in Asia in an Asian Centurty, as well as, some team building exercises. The meeting will be held this coming 08 - 10 August 2019 in Penang, Malaysia.

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.