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Eh to Zed Newsletter
June 2023

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KAS Canada

Dear readers,

Welcome back to our quarterly newsletter. Halfway into 2023 and we are proud of the projects we have completed, and looking forward to the upcoming work of this year.
To our reocurring subscribers, thank you for your continuous support of KAS Canada. To our new readers, we are thrilled to have you join and look forward to keeping you informed, inspired, and engaged. We wish you an interesting read!

Stay tuned for our next edition, which will be hitting your inbox in the fall. In the meantime, feel free to explore our website and social media channels for more exciting content and updates.
Who We Are

Canada-Germany Resource Security: Navigating in a Changing World Order

Atlantik-Brücke Canada, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada and Nanos Research have partnered to advance evidence-based dialogue between Canada and Germany by exploring binational economic opportunities.

Read here
2019-2022 Activity Report
Click below to see a comprehensive list of our work in Canada since our office opened in October 2019!

Read here
Past Events

KAS Canada hosted our first Dialogue Forum in Ayer's Cliff, Quebec


The KAS Canada 2023 Dialogue Forum was a huge success, thanks to our brilliant partners who joined us at Lac Massawippi for three days full of stimulating discussions on the future of Canada-Germany partnerships. The forum brought together some of Canada's brightest minds to share their expertise on important timely issues of national and global nature. Topics of discussion included foreign policy, energy and clean growth, China and the Arctic, algorithms and AI, diplomacy, memory politics and how Canadians and Germans see themselves and the world.

Delegation visit of Barbara Bergmann and Clauspeter Hill from KAS Headquarters

KAS Canada welcomed Barbara Bergmann, KAS Representative for Matters Relating to Persons with Disabilities and Inclusion (seated in front), and Clauspeter Hill, Deputy Head of the European and International Cooperation Department of KAS (4th from left) to Ottawa. The delegation visited in the context of a UN conference on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in New York City, and then came to Canada to analyze the country's progress of accessibility for handicapped persons. They were received by the Accessibility Institute at Carleton University and amazed about the spectrum of services available in Canadian universities. The HQ delegation also met with the German embassy and the landlord of the KAS Canada office to make suggestions to improve its accessibility.
More on the Accessibility Institute

Integrating Anti-Corruption in Canadian Foreign Policy Conference

The importance and methods of integrating anti-corruption across different aspects of Canadian Foreign policy.

This conference provided Canadian policymakers, academics, and civil society with insights on why it is important to integrate anti-corruption across different aspects of Canadian foreign policy and how it can be done.

Organized by Transparency International Canada, The Canadian International Council, KAS Canada and the CCEAC.
Event recap

Young Atlantiks Conference

Part of the Atlantik-Bruecke Conference

Earlier this month KAS Canada was invited to the Young Atlantiks Conference to give a presentation to young professionals on the Renewing Our Democratic Alliance Project that we have been working on with the Canadian International Council. Thank you to Samantha Tristen from the CIC for speaking on democratic solidarity.

This conference was part of the larger Atlantik-Bruecke Canada conference in Ottawa.
Learn More about our Democratic Solidarity Project

Germany’s New Security Strategy and the War in Ukraine

MIGS-KAS Twitter Spaces event

The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) hosted a Twitter Spaces event with the support of KAS Canada on to discuss Germany’s first National Security Strategy, which was unveiled earlier this month. Experts Benjamin Tallis (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik e.V .) and Ulrike Franke (European Council on Foreign Relations) discussed what it means for the war in Ukraine and what German experts think about it.
Watch the Recording Here
Partner Projects
Introducing the 2023 Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations
The Centre for European Studies (CES) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Canada (KAS) are pleased to announce that Dr. Russell Foster has been selected as the 2023 Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar on Transatlantic Relations. Dr. Foster is a Lecturer in British and European Politics at King’s College London. He researches national and transnational identities, and how they change in periods of intense social and political disruption. 

As Konrad Adenauer Visiting Scholar, Dr. Foster will spend the Fall 2023 term (September to December) in residence at Carleton University. He will conduct research for two forthcoming books on the increasing political significance of identities in the twenty-first century. He will pursue research into how different identities of “Western” are emerging alongside national, British, “European”, and North American identities in response to Russian aggression and anti-Western sentiment; and changing imaginations of who is and is not, and who should and should not be considered, “European”. He will teach a course in the Political Science and European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) programs, titled “Constructing European Identities”.

Dr. Foster's biography
New Podcast Episode

Kanada Mit C Episode 11: Public Opinion Research with Nik Nanos


Expert pollster Nik Nanos, Chair of Atlantik-Bruecke Canada and Chairman of Nanos Research sits down with Director Dr. Norbert Eschborn to discuss opinion polling in Canada

Listen on Spotify
Watch on YouTube
 Germany In The News

Germany Develops National Security Strategy

On 14 June 2023, the German government released the country’s first National Security Strategy (NSS). Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and the subsequent announcement by Chancellor Olaf Scholz of a Zeitenwende (the official translation for that term is “watershed,” the original German is a bit more nuanced, signifying a turn of the times and a historical geopolitical shift) raised expectations among allies and partners for a more active German security and defence policy. The NSS is meant to offer greater clarity about Germany’s defence commitments and implementation strategies, and also about its view of the world and priorities.

Read KAS HQ's critical analysis of the strategy here.

KAS Canada Office News
We would like to bid farewell to our Accounting Administrator Alexis Le Golvan, and wish him well on his new professional endeavours. Thank you for all that you have done for our team, both KAS Canada and our partners greatly appreciate you!

Norbert's O Canada Insights

Dear friends of KAS Canada,

For many of us, vacations are now on the horizon. Well-deserved and necessary after a busy first six months. Let's use the time for the necessary physical rest, but also a little self-reflection. My wish is that as many as possible become aware again of how privileged we are to live in a democracy, you as Canadians and I as a German. Of course, neither in Canada nor in Germany is everything perfect. But democracy - according to Winston Churchill "the worst of all forms of government, except for all the others" - offers us every opportunity to shape our own future. Some people like to forget this when they rant about government, parliaments and parties at the regulars' table. Why don't you think about what exactly you want to change in your country? And start doing it after the summer!  

I wish you a wonderful and relaxing vacation!

Dr. Norbert Eschborn
Director, KAS Canada office


Dr. Eschborn's Latest Articles
When the legendary American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan set out the founding doctrine of the US Navy at the end of the 19th century with its central principle of maritime dominance, there was no mention of the Arctic. Yet with the rebuilding of Russian maritime capabilities after the Cold War and the simultaneous heightening of Chinese ambitions to challenge American hegemony at every opportunity, there has been a significant shift in the importance of the Arctic for both the United States and Canada. This poses considerable challenges for both of these Arctic littoral states in terms of their security policy.

Find Dr. Eschborn's newest international report below, available in English and German:
The North American View of the Arctic
Der nordamerikanische Blick auf die Arktis
In view of the regular delegation visits of German politicians to Canada, Dr. Norbert Eschborn has tried to point out in his latest publication that the study of the Canadian system of labor immigration alone is of no use unless other crucial conditions for successful immigration are first met. Please read his article in the KAS journal "Politische Meinung", which is only available in German, entitled "Erlernbar ja, kopierbar nein - Kanadas Modell der Arbeitsimmigration" (Learnable yes, copyable no - Canada's labour immigration model):
Erlernbar ja, kopierbar nein - Kanadas Modell der Arbeitsimmigration
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