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24 February 2016


23 February 2016 / Announcement 
Compliance of Armed Forces with International Humanitarian Law


The Middle East Research Institute is pleased to host a seminar on “Compliance of Armed Forces to the International Humanitarian Law”, for Elisabeth Decrey Warner, the Executive President and co-founder of Geneva Call. The seminar will take place on Sunday 28, February 2016, at 15:30 (venue to be confirmed). Attendance to this event is by invitation only, with 30 seats available on a first come first serve basis. Those interested in attending the event should email:

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MERI Forum 2015 Summary Report: Sharing the Visions for the Future of the Middle East

20 January 2016 / Publication  
MERI Forum Summary Report "Sharing Visions for the Future of the Middle East"

This document reports in detail on the MERI Forum 2015 and summarises the debate in each session, and accurately reflects the contributions of each panellist individually. It is a document rich of speaker quotes, echoing the actual debates during the Forum. The concluding section is dedicated to describing how dialogue generated during the Annual Forum connects to MERI’s research and public activities for the coming year. We hope this document will be a reliable reference of high interest to policymakers, academics, media and the wider public.

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A YPG Female Fighter Rising PYD Flag 

17 February 2016 / Opinion
Chasing Chimeras in Syria: Turkey's PYD Gamble


The AKP government has been advocating and pursuing the removal of Assad, the defeat of ISIS and the isolation and weakening of the PYD. These three strategic aims are in full contradiction to one another if one considers the realities on the ground. These parallel objectives highlight how Turkey has avoided systematic prioritisation. The main question for the AKP leadership then should be how chasing chimeras – or impossible objectives – in Syria actually serves Turkey’s interests?

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MERI Debate on the Current Crisis of Kurdistan Region in Slemani

16 February 2016/ Events
MERI Debate on the current crisis in the Kurdistan Region 

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is going through an unprecedented stage, which is the outcome of series of complex issues that requires in-depth research and political will for reform in the system of governance, including the economic and administrative aspects. The consequences of the current economic and political instability could have further implications on the social and security sectors as well. This was the opinion expressed by many participants at debate hosted by MERI and the University of Sulaimani on Wednesday February 10th, at the University’s Cultural Centre in Slemani.

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23 February/ Announcement 
MERI Job Advert: Research Fellow in Development Economics or Public Administration 

MERI is looking for a Research Fellow in Development Economics or Public Administration to join the Economics, Energy and Environment programme, which focuses on evaluating the economic policies and strategies adopted within the region. In particular, the research fellow will have the opportunity to provide support to the key stakeholders and policy-makers in Kurdistan and the broader Iraq in promoting the necessary reforms in both the private and public sectors, that help the countries maximise their economic potential. Terms of employment includes contract up to two years, renewable and subject to a 6 month probationary period. Interested candidates must complete MERI's online application form, an up-to-date CV containing list of all publications and achievements and a covering letter.    

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February/ Press
MERI Mentions 



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