Source description last updated: 15 March 2019
In brief: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) that promotes peace, freedom and justice through political education and provides fundamental scientific concepts and analysis for political action.
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The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) “promotes liberal democracy, social market economy and the development and consolidation of a consensus on values in Germany, Europe and the world” (KAS website: Leitlinien, undated, working translation by ACCORD). The foundation is associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) (BPB: Politische Stiftungen, 2013).
“At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation. As a think tank and consulting agency, our soundly researched scientific fundamental concepts and current analyses are meant to offer a basis for possible political action.” (KAS website: About Us, undated).

“Politics and Consulting is the think tank of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. As 'thinkers and doers', we develop fundamental concepts for the work of our foundation and design practical approaches for solving problems in politics and society. We are committed to fact finding, to manage transfer of knowledge and political consulting.” (KAS website: Politics and Consulting, undated).

“99% of the funding for Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung stems from public grants, while attendance fees and other types of income account for 0.8%. This is supplemented by private income (returns on funds and donations) which accounts for the remaining 0.2% (data based on the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung’s 2017 budget). Most of the public grants are project-based.” (KAS-Website: Finanzierung, undated, working translation by ACCORD)

Scope of reporting:
Geographic scope: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America
Thematic scope: research on politics and democracy; international politics, education, science and culture, social market economy, state and society, globalisation


“The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung holds nearly 80 foreign offices and projects in over 100 countries worldwide.” (KAS website: Worldwide, undated)

Country reports and reports on foreign issues contain analysis by KAS staff working in the relevant foreign offices. Country reports sometimes provide a list of secondary sources at the end (see, for example, KAS: Die vergessene Krise, December 2018 and KAS: Klares Mandat für Präsident Vizcarra, December 2018) while reports on foreign issues always include such a list (see, for example, KAS: Jordanien und die dschihadistische Gefahr, 4 July 2018 and KAS: Der kurdische (Alb-)Traum, 16 April 2018).
Languages of publications:
German and English
Further reading / links:
Lepszy, Norbert: Politische Stiftungen, in: Andersen, Uwe/Wichard Woyke (eds.): Handwörterbuch des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. 7th edition, 2013, quoted from BPB
NZZ - Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Merkel kann sich in ihrem Think-Tank nicht durchsetzen, 14 November 2017
Der Spiegel: Lammert neuer Vorsitzender der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 1 December 2017 

Heisterkamp, Ulrich: Think Tanks der Parteien? Eine vergleichende Analyse der deutschen politischen Stiftungen, 2018

All links accessed 12 March 2019.