About Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

About the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung’s (KAS) work in Australia & The Pacific

As current global developments – such as a volatile security environment – underscore the common interests of Europe and Australia, KAS’ Regional Programme for Australia and the Pacific seeks to foster durable collaboration through dialogue among parliamentarians, representatives of government departments and leading academic/think tank experts, as well as political analysis and consultancy. For the European Union in general and Germany in particular, dialogues with Australia and New Zealand are of special relevance due to our history of strong bilateral and regional relations. Given our shared values and common interests in shaping the rules-based order, there are manifold opportunities for this partnership. Our programmes are dedicated to collaboration and knowledge-sharing to strengthen our collective resilience and ability to find solutions to the pressing problems of our time.

KAS and its Worldwide Work

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation of Germany, with the vision to promote international dialogue, sustainable development, good governance, capacity building, regional integration and enhance understanding of the key drivers of global developments. It is named after the first Chancellor (Prime Minister) of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer whose name represents the democratic rebuilding of Germany, the anchoring of German foreign policy in a trans-Atlantic community of values, the vision of European unity, and Germany’s orientation towards a social market economy. Currently KAS is present in around 120 countries, with over 100 offices on six continents.  With our worldwide networks and long-term partner structures, we aim to contribute to knowledge exchange and policy development in line with our values and aims.

KAS in the Asia-Pacific Region

The Asia-Pacific region is characterized by a unique diversity of political structures and governance systems. And the work of KAS – being present with an office or active through projects in almost every country in the Asia-Pacific region today- reflects this diversity. As the recently released Indo-Pacific Guidelines of the German Government highlight, Germany seeks to make an active contribution to shaping the international order in the Indo-Pacific and puts partnerships at the center of its policy for the region – in particular through closer cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and so-called Partners across the Globe, which include Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.  The work of KAS across the region is reflective of this commitment to an order based on rules, cooperation and responsible, concerted leadership.