Policy Makers from Iraq Visit Hamburg and Berlin

Iraqi Delegation Discusses Stabilization Efforts with a Focus on Economic Development
Iraq formed a new government in October 2018 which, in addition to the country's ongoing stabilization efforts following the fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), is pursuing an ambitious reform agenda. Germany is one of the main donors and an active supporter of the country‘s reconstruction. In this context, the KAS Syria/Iraq Office together with the KAS Headquarters invited a delegation of Iraqi representatives from politics and business to hold talks in Hamburg and Berlin from 12 to 18 May, 2019.


Empowerment and Integration of IDP Women in Syria’s Swaida Province

KAS and Balady promote multi-ethnic coexistence in Swaida
After the outbreak of the Syrian conflict, many people from Deraa fled to the neighbouring Swaida province because it was safer compared to other areas in Syria. The majority of the population in Swaida is Druze, whereas most of the IDPs from Deraa are Sunnis. In order to promote a peaceful coexistence between these two communities during the ongoing conflict, it is important that an active exchange takes place which can support mutual understanding.


Workshop on Actors, Policies and Obstacles to Economic Recovery in Syria

Omran Centre for Strategic Studies and KAS Organized a Workshop on Early Economic Recovery in Syria
Following the territorial defeat of the Islamic State and with the armed conflict coming to a relative halt in Syria, policy discussions are focusing on the options for early economic recovery in the country. The Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Omran Centre for Strategic Studies thus decided to organize a workshop to assess the economic state of the different zones within Syria and the economic engagement of various actors in the country, as well as to develop a framework for an early economic recovery that takes the interests of regional and non-regional actors into account.


What Future for the Arab-Kurdish Relations in Northeast Syria?

by Maha Haddad

KAS, Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy Research Organize Workshop on Arab-Kurdish Relations in Northeast Syria
To facilitate a dialogue about governance, political reconciliation, the role of outside actors, and the future of Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria was the focus of a two-day workshop in Erbil, Iraq organized by the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) together with Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy Research.


Northeast Syria the Day After - A Realistic Approach

KAS and LISA Host Workshop on the Strategies to Consolidate Stabilization and Pave the Way for a Sustainable Settlement
With support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Syria/Iraq Office, the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs (LISA) organized a workshop on the economic and security situation in Northeast Syria.


Sulaimani Forum 2019: Iraq and Its Neighbors – Toward a New Regional Order

KAS Supports IRIS in Hosting its Sixth Annual Sulaimani Forum
On March 6 and 7 2019, a panel of influential policymakers, researchers and stakeholders discussed the strategic and regional importance of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) within the Middle East. The event took place at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) in Sulaymaniyah. The sixth annual Sulaimani Forum, organized by the Institute of Regional and International Studies, aimed to tackle a number of economic and political issues such as economic integration in the region, international policies towards Iraq, Iraq’s political roadmap and the future of energy in the country. The experts thoroughly discussed factors necessary for good governance and inclusive economic growth, while also taking the ongoing challenges of the government formation in Baghdad and Erbil into account. Additional policy roundtables were organized with selected experts and academics.

Workshop on the Status of the Shiite Clergy in Iraq

CEU and KAS Organize Workshop on the Role of Shiite Religious Actors in Iraq
In Iraq's denominationally polarized political and social landscape, religious authorities play an important role in determining the country's direction. This is especially true for the Shiite clergy and their religious center in Najaf, which is of particular importance for the Shiite population in Iraq. In order to analyze the relationship between the Shiite authorities and Iraqi politics, society and economy, the Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Central European University (CEU) organized a workshop on January 22nd and 23rd in Beirut, which was attended by over 20 Iraqi clergy, international scholars and academics. A follow-up event, set to take place in April 2019, will examine the role of Sunni actors in Iraq.

Perspectives on Iraq’s Political, Economic, and Social Situation

KAS Supports RCD in Conducting Its First Annual Conference in Baghdad
The list of tasks for new Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who took over office in October 2018, and the ministers in his cabinet is a long one. In addition to stabilizing Iraq after the brutal conflict with the Islamic State (IS) and implementing a viable reform of the security sector, the new Iraqi government has to address the deteriorating socio-economic situation in the country and carefully balance Iraq’s position in regional and international affairs. The Al-Rafidain Center for Dialogue organized its Forum 2019, which was attended by high-ranking Iraqi politicians and participants from business, academia, and society, as well as diplomats and international experts, addressed multiple challenges which Iraq is facing and sought to share suggestions as to how the country can advance effectively in the coming years.