The Konrad Adenauer Foundation bears the name of the first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Established in 1955 as "Society for Christian-Democratic Civic Education", the Foundation took on the name of the first Federal Chancellor in 1964.

Conrad Adenauer was the first Chancellor of Federal Germany from 1949 to 1963. As chancellor and chairman of the CDU, he had a major influence on the direction of politics in post-war Germany. Adenauer attached great importance to cooperation with the West in the context of European unity and NATO membership, and he achieved introduction of a social market economy system.

In political education, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation advocates peace, freedom and justice, both nationally and internationally. Strengthening of democracy, promotion of European unity, the intensification of transatlantic relations and development cooperation are the specific aspects of the Foundation's activities – through its involvement in think tanks and consultancy agencies, organization of conferences, exhibitions and congresses, and support of talented individuals.

In the Baltic states, the foundation’s representative offices in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius were opened in 1993.

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With the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, several conferences, seminars and other activities have taken place at the University of Latvia.