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Eh to Zed Newsletter
October 2022
KAS Canada

Who We Are
KAS Canada

Dear readers,

Welcome to our newsletter! Four times a year, we will showcase our recent work and upcoming projects. The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung is a German political foundation that is politically associated with but legally and financially independent of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). In Canada, we seek to intensify political cooperation between Germany and Canada to strengthen transatlantic relations and to address common challenges of global nature.

This newsletter encompasses the highlights of our recent work and upcoming projects. Keep reading to stay in touch with our events, publications, news and more. For frequent update of KAS Canada, connect with us on social media or head over to our website linked below.
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Past Events

Visit of KAS Chairman Professor Dr. Norbert Lammert and Deputy Secretary General Dr. Gerhard Wahlers
This past July, Professor Dr. Norbert Lammert and Dr. Gerhard Wahlers concluded their two-day visit to British Columbia, Canada. In Vancouver and in the provincial capital of Victoria, they met with professors from UBC and UVIC. The focus was on evaluating current domestic and foreign policy issues from a Canadian perspective. The visit also focused on high-tech issues, with exchanges taking place with a leading global maritime technology company and the province of British Columbia's Digital Supercluster. The Innovation Commissioner of British Columbia was also among the discussion partners of the KAS leadership and explained strategies of innovation promotion in one of the most economically active regions of Canada. Finally, the KAS delegation met with the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson.
Renewing Our Democratic Alliance Hybrid Event in Berlin
On September 7th, the Canadian Embassy in Germany hosted a RODA roundtable to discuss what democracies could do together to address the increasing number of refugees worldwide.

Professor Craig Damian Smith of Toronto Metropolitan University authored the discussion paper: "Responsibility-Sharing in the Refugee Regime: Solidarity & Resettlement as Response to Unequal Burdens & Democratic Spoilers". This paper is part of the larger RODA Network project to bring together experts to generate ideas for liberal democracies facing today's global challenges. Senator Ratna Omidvar, Vice President of the Canada-Germany Interparliamentary Group, chaired the discussion.
Learn more about RODA

IPSA Open Access Publishing Conference
KAS Canada was proud to be a partner of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Open Access Publishing Conference from September 13-14, 2022. Aiming to contribute toward finding an optimal and sustainable solution, IPSA, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Concordia University and the American Political Science Association (APSA), hosted a two-day conference covering various topics surrounding the transition of scholarly publications to the Open Access format. Stay tuned for when IPSA releases a new book in 2023 on "Does the UN model still work? Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism" co-edited by KAS Canada Director Dr. Norbert Eschborn.
Event Recap

APSA Annual Conference
From September 15-17 2022, KAS Canada attended the American Political Science Association (APSA) annual conference in Montreal, Quebec. At our exhibit booth we showcased our publications and promoted our work here in Canada. It was great to see many of our fantastic partners at the conference, including Dr. Daniel Stockemer and Dr. Clara Portela.

Event Recap

Upcoming Events

Halifax International Security Forum
For the third consecutive year, KAS Canada is proud to be a partner of the Halifax International Security Forum. Halifax International Security Forum (HFX) is dedicated to strengthening strategic cooperation among democratic nations. The annual Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia attracts an array of top decision-makers, including senior military officers, cabinet-level officials, members of the US Senate, and global industry leaders, along with leading journalists, strategists, and champions for human rights from around the globe.

Keep connected with KAS Canada and HFX to find out what panel we will be supporting this year.

November 18-20, 2022
Halifax, Nova Scotia
More information
Addressing the Past - Shaping the Future:
Memory Politics in Europe and Canada Conference
Scholars from Canada and European countries explore how the 20th century’s past is (re)interpreted, remembered, and how it shapes the current, contemporary political life.

In partnership with the Jean Monnet Network European Memory Politics (EuMePo),  Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Canada and the Centre for Global Studies at University of Victoria.

October 21-23, 2022
Victoria, British Columbia
Full conference program
Scholarship Recipients to Visit Canada
In early October, KAS Canada will host a group of young scholarship recipients coming to Canada from Germany to learn more on the immigration policy and politics in Canada. During their five day long stay, students will meet with practitioners, academics and experts on immigration in Ottawa and Montreal.
More information on KAS Scholarships
Kanada mit C Podcast Series
Kanada mit C (in English, Canada with a C) is a podcast series by KAS Canada that features guest experts on important topics nationally and globally.
Newest Episodes:

Women Peace and Security with Charlotte Duval-Lantoine

Charlotte is the Ottawa Operations Manager and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. She just released her first book titled "The Ones We Let Down: Toxic Leadership Culture and Gender Integration in the Canadian Armed Forces".

Canadian Arctic Security with Rob Huebert

Rob Huebert is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary and a Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.


KAS Canada is now on Spotify! Click below to listen in.
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Partner Projects
Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations

We would like to welcome and introduce the first Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations, Dr. Clara Portela (see photo below). Dr. Portela holds a PhD from European University Institute in Florence and specializes in European security. She teaches Political Science at the University of Valencia, having previously served at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris and at Singapore Management University. She will be a scholar in residence at Carleton University from September-December 2022.

Centre for European Studies
Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies

In September Chairholder Dr. Daniel Stockemer put on the "Youth Without Representation" workshop at the University of Ottawa. Here he gave a presentation on the Worldwide Age Representation in Parliaments Dataset.
Find out more here

The KARC also hosted Steffen Kailitz of Hannah Arendt Institute for Research on Totalitarianism at the Dresden University of Technology who gave a public lecture on varieties of political regimes from 1900 to the present.

KARC Fall Newsletter
Canada and Germany In the News
From August 21-23, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Canada to further strengthen the partnership between the two countries. Topics of importance included innovation, food security, strengthening bilateral cooperation on energy and leadership on climate action, promoting trade and investment that benefits everyone, and advancing the transition to the clean economy. The Chancellor visited Montréal, Quebec, Toronto, Ontario, Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador during his visit. Vice Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck, accompanied the Chancellor and had talks with Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson on Canadian-German hydrogen partnership and the energy needs of international partners.

Read the opinion piece below by Ben Rowswell and Jeremy Kinsman of KAS Canada and the CIC's RODA Network.

Photo credits: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Norbert's O Canada Insights

Dear friends of KAS Canada,

The other day I had the opportunity to attend the daily Question Period in the House of Commons. While I had expected a rhetorically aggressive argument, the Leader of the Opposition was restrained and the Prime Minister seemed tired. Understandable in light of all the problems Canada is currently facing. Even if many people have doubts about it at the moment, we should remember Winston Churchill's words: "Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." In these difficult times, let's remember how much good we owe to this form of government. May you all go into the next few weeks and months with a great deal of confidence.

With best regards


Dr. Norbert Eschborn
Director, KAS Canada office
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