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18 June 2015

 Florence Gaub and Mick Bednarek

 18 June 2015 / Conference
The Future of Armed Forces in a Democratic Kurdistan Region

The institutionalisation of Peshmerga is a much needed initiative without which the war against ISIS and the deepening of democracy and nation-building in the Kurdistan Region are bound to suffer.
Watch the video recordings here: Session 1 & Session 2

17 June 2015 / Announcement 
MERI Seminar 

MERI is hosting a seminar for Mr. Joseph Pennington, US Consul General in Erbil on 24 June. The seminar is titled 'US Foreign Policy in Iraq and Kurdistan Region: Insights from Mr. Joseph Pennington's time as US Consul General in Erbil.'  The time and venue of the seminar will be confirmed later. This seminar is by invitation only.

MERI Annual Report 2014/2015

16 June 2015 / Announcement 
MERI Annual Report is Out

Our annual report contains information about the works, publications and research projects conducted at the Institute and sheds light on the important conferences and debates hosted by the Institute for the purpose of reform, reconciliation and institutionalisation in Iraq and the wider Middle East.   
Read the report in English & Kurdish

HDP co-leader in an election rally

 14 June 2015 / Opinion
The HDP's Next Best Move

A HDP-AKP coalition will not only be good for domestic politics, but also continue to build on the success stories Turkey has achieved in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  
Read more here.

Demonstration against former Yemeni President

31 May 2015 / Opinion
The Yemeni Crisis: The Prisoner’s Dilemma for Saudi Arabia and Iran

The atmosphere of regional volatility and high stakes for Saudi Arabia’s and Iran’s national security, might lead these two countries to strengthen their military positioning on different fronts across the Middle East.
Read more here.

Ján Kubiš, Head of UNAMI, at MERI

 25 May 2015 / Meetings
Ján Kubiš, Head of UNAMI, visits MERI

For the UN, the latest advances of ISIS in Iraq and neighboring Syria is of 'major concern.' The critical issue is that Iraq needs to deal with the internal fragmentation and adopt a strategic vision with a set of defined goals for the future. The Iraqi leaders who clearly deem ISIS as a threat need to translate words into concrete action.
Read more here.


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