Aya Sofya, Istanbul, Turkey
Downtown Doha, Qatar

Photo by Sam Agnew. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
The Nile, illuminated.

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Members from leading German think tank, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), Thomas Birringer, Head of KAS Middle East and North Africa Team, and Marc Frings, KAS Representative to the Palestinian Territory, discuss how they work with political parties, civil society organizations, journalists and economists, in the most polarizing countries within the most volatile region, in the world.

Bunche Hall Room 10383 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



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