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9 May 2016


5 May 2016 / Announcement 
Watch UK Ambassador's Seminar Live on MERI Website: Frank Baker speaks on Economics and Transparency

MERI is pleased to host a seminar for the UK Ambassador to Iraq H.E. Frank Baker, on Wednesday 11, May 2016, at 15:00.The ambassador will be talking about economics and transparency. This event is by invitation only, with 30 seats available, allocated on first come – first serve basis. RSVP by email to:

MERI's Report on Ethnic and Religious Minorities

2 May 2016 / News
The Perceptions of Minorities on Reconciliation: A New MERI Project Funded by the USIP

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq is as ethnically diverse as it is religiously diverse. That diversity is threatened with the rise of ISIS on the KRI’s borders and it’s targeting of some of the minorities there, and displacing them from their homes and communities. In support of protecting these minorities from further conflict, and enabling a stable post-ISIS reconciliation process, MERI will conduct an assessment of perceptions of reconciliation and conflict among Iraqi minority groups for the United States Institute of Peace.

 Read more here.

RtL: Ambassador Danayeefar & Consul General Abaadi.

5 May 2016 / News
Iran's Ambassador: Collaboration between MERI and Iranian think tanks are Important to find practical solutions for complex issues

“Collaboration between MERI and its Iranian counterparts is not only important to provide vision and deep understanding for decision-makers, but also to offer practical recommendations to solve complex issues facing us in the Middle East”, said Ambassador Hassan Danayeefar during his visit to the Middle East Research Institute on Wednesday, 4 May, 2016.

 Read more here.

Choli Minaret in Erbil

25 April 2016 / Opinion
The Future of Tourism in Iraqi Kurdistan: Opportunities and Challenges

An assessment of growth since 2007 highlights a number of shortcomings in KRG strategy that have harmed efforts to promote tourism beyond budgetary and security issues. An analysis of the period of growth between 2007 and 2013 demonstrates a number of shortcomings in KRG strategy, in addition to the ongoing budgetary crisis with Baghdad and threat to security posed by Da’esh. These include a failure to sufficiently invest in key infrastructure such as health and transportation beyond the growing number of Erbil-based hotels and restaurants, restrictions on free movement from southern Iraq, and an overly-bureaucratic process for establishing new businesses. 

Read more here.

Peshmerga Fighters in the South of Kirkuk

2 May 2016 / Publications
MERI Policy Brief - Compliance of Peshmerga Forces with International Humanitarian Law

This initiative is aimed at raising awareness of the norms and principles of IHL at all levels of Peshmerga forces; developing comprehensive mechanisms and policy recommendations that support compliance with IHL; and demonstrating the Peshmerga’s commitment to protecting fundamental human rights during times of war.

Read more here & Download the Policy Brief here.


14 April 2016 / Opinion
Should Kurdistan Establish a Basic Health Service Package


Kurdistan region of Iraq is experiencing significant political, economic and social challenges. It became fragile in a short period of time. In these circumstances, a Basic Health Services Package is an appropriate first step to provide essential health services.

Read more here.



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