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Eh to Zed Newsletter
December 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.

Looking back at 2022, KAS Canada has had another successful year, thanks to our many great partners. 2022 took us across the country with hybrid events in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Have a read below to see what we have recently been working on and what we have in plan for next year!

Happy Holidays from the KAS Canada team!
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Using the Past to Define the Present: An Introduction to Memory Politics in Canada & Europe

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Russian aggression and Ukrainian exile structures in Canada

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Past Events

Visit of KAS Scholarship Students for Immigration Seminar in Canada
This past October, KAS Canada hosted a group of scholarship holders (Masters and PhD students) from Germany who were studying the topic of immigration. Over the course of six days in Montreal and Ottawa, the students learned from various practitioners, organizations and academics about Canada's immigration and integration policy. Some highlights of their trip included immigration talks with the Goethe Institute in Montreal, the University of Ottawa, Immigrant Women Services Ottawa, Bright Tomorrow's Immigration Services and The Metropolis Institute. Thank you to everyone who made this seminar such a success!
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Visit of Jonathan Nowak, Desk Officer for Northern Atlantic at KAS HQ
KAS Canada welcomed Jonathan Nowak, Desk Officer for Northern Atlantic on his visit to Halifax and Ottawa in November. His program included visits to the Halifax International Security Forum, Question Period at the House of Commons, and meetings with our esteemed partners and friends of KAS Canada.
KAS Europe and North America

Memory Politics Conference with the University of Victoria

From October 21st-23rd, 2022, EUCAnet’s Jean Monnet Network European Memory Politics (JMN EuMePo) and the project European and North American Perspectives on Commemorating and Addressing Past Injustices (Funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada) hosted a series of events during the conference “Addressing the Past – Shaping the Future”.

Conference Summary

Roundtable on German and Canadian Perspectives on NATO
KAS Canada partnered with The Canadian Global Affairs Institute for a roundtable on Canadian and German Perspectives on the Future of NATO. Special thanks to speakers Kerry Buck, Andrew Rasiulis, Col (ret'd) Roderich Kiesewetter, and Col (ret'd) Ralph Thiele and moderator Renée Filiatrault. Click the link below to listen to the podcast recording of the event.

Defence Deconstructed: Canadian and German Perspectives on NATO
Visit of Canadian MPs to Germany for Dialogue Program
On a Dialogue Program visit to Germany, KAS Canada Director Dr. Norbert Eschborn hosted Mr. Robert Batherson, Mr. Michael Chong, M.P., Ms. Stephanie Kusie, M.P., and Mr. Richard Martel, M.P. Talks of bilateral cooperation between Germany and Canada were present during their visits to CDU Headquarters, the German Bundestag and KAS Headquarters in Berlin. Visits to Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam made for an excellent location to discuss current state maters in climate and energy policy. The trip made it apparent that Germany and Canada can and should cooperate on many global issues.
Program Highlights
Friends of KAS Visit
In October, KAS Canada had the pleasure of hosting the Friends of KAS, a group of important donors that allow us to do the valuable work that we do. On their visit to Canada, with stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax, they dropped by the KAS Canada office to learn more about what we do here in Canada.
Friends of KAS

Upcoming Events

Book Launch
In early 2023, we will have a book launch of our upcoming open access book: Does the UN Model Still Work? Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism

Composed of original articles from academics and policy notes from practitioners, this new International Political Science Association (IPSA) & KAS Canada open access book attempts to draw up the state of multilateralism through the UN model and identify potential ways to address its challenges and shortcomings.

Edited by Kim Fontaine-SkronskiValériane Thool and Dr. Norbert Eschborn.
More information
Partner Projects
Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations
This year, we hosted our first Visiting Scholar with the Centre of European Studies at Carleton University. Dr. Clara Portela from the University of Valencia taught a course in the fall term on International Sanctions in Transatlantic Context. She hosted an EU Policy Talk "Are EU Sanctions Effective?" and cohosted a book launch for her book "Multilateral Sanctions Revisted: Lessons Learned from Margaret Doxey". We would like to thank Dr. Portela for her educational work and teachings as the inagural Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations!
EU Policy Talk Summary
Partner Projects
The Global Parliamentary Alliance Against Atrocity Crimes (GPAAAC)

What is the GPAAAC?

The Global Parliamentary Alliance Against Atrocity Crimes (GPAAAC) is an international network of parliamentarians and experts working to ensure democracies act more forcefully in preventing and responding to mass atrocity crimes. Parliamentarians are often underutilized in efforts to counter mass atrocity crimes. It is an initiative between the Montreal Institute of Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) and KAS Canada.


GPAAAC’s objective is to foster deeper and further collaboration between parliamentarians from Canada, Germany and EU-member states. The main goal is to unite parliamentarians in order to construct more strategic responses to the atrocity crimes committed in Ukraine by the Russian military, and to find pathways to hold those responsible for human rights abuses to account.

Press Conference on Russia's Human Rights Abuses in Ukraine
Partner Projects
Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies
Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies (KARC) chairholder Dr. Daniel Stockemer has been busy these past few months with publishing his new article "Men and women voters of the populist radical right: are they like apples and oranges?" 

Dr. Stockemer also kindly gave a lecture on populism to our scholarship students upon their visit. He ranked as the #1 political scientist at the Univeristy of Ottawa this year according to AD Scientific Index.
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Partner Projects
Halifax International Security Forum
The KAS Canada team attended the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum, where we were a proud supporter for yet another year. This year's forum was filled with important panels, fruitful conversation and timely topics mainly regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine. KAS Canada is always proud to be a partner of this event, hosting the dinner session "Arctic Allies Align" this year.

Opening day of the 2022 Halifax International Security Forum with (from left to right) Dr. Norbert Eschborn (KAS Canada Director); Sabine Sparwasser (German Ambassador to Canada); Henning Speck (Foreign and Security Advisor to the CDU/CSU caucus in the German Bundestag); Jonathan Nowak (Desk Officer North Atlantic at KAS HQ).
HFX Recap
Canada and Germany In the News
On December 1st, the German parliament offically voted by a majority to back the ratification of the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The free-trade agreement originally came into force in 2017.

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, issued the following statement:

“Canada and European Union have a strong trade and investment relationship rooted in our dynamic supply chains and deepened by our people-to-people ties. On the occasion of CETA’s fifth anniversary, Canada welcomes Germany’s major step forward in its CETA ratification process.

CETA’s benefits to Germany and Canada are clear. Canada-Germany trade has increased more than 16% from pre-CETA levels, reaching $25.5 billion last year. Our government will continue to work with the European Union toward the full implementation of CETA.”

Photo credits: Italia Canada
Norbert's O Canada Insights

Dear friends of KAS Canada,

A successful year lies behind KAS Canada. We have every reason to be grateful: first and foremost to our Canadian and international partners for the outstanding cooperation and the excellent products that have resulted. But we are also very indebted to you, our readers, for your continued great interest in our work and your many encouraging words of support! Please stay connected with us also in the New Year! I wish you and your families health and happiness in 2023!


Dr. Norbert Eschborn
Director, KAS Canada office
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