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20 June 2016

MERI's roundtable debate 

20 June 2016 / Events
The Implosion of Order in the Middle East


As events unfold, the role of Kurds in Iraq and Syria is becoming irrefutable. Kurds are now a greater player in shaping the political and social mosaic of the Middle East. And as the fertility rate among the Kurds is among the highest in the Middle East, they will inevitably have a greater political role to play in the region.

 Read more here & Watch the video session here. 

Iraqi army graduation ceremony 

2 June 2016 / Opinion
Defeating the Islamic State will take more than Gunpowder

Attempting to defeat IS without beginning to address the political and structural failures that have led to these circumstances borders on the ridiculous.

 Read more here.

U.S. Secretary of State with Iraqi PM Haider Al-Abadi

22 May 2016 / Opinion
U.S. Policy in Iraq - Four Steps Back, Two Stepes Forward 


What happens over the next few months will decide Iraq’s future, whether that is federalism, confederalism or its breakup. One thing is clear – the US has a role to play. 

Read more here.

RtL: Ambassador Danayeefar & Consul General Abaadi.

26 May 2016 / Research
The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios

MERI is a research partner of Feuture – The Future of EU-Turkey Relations Consortium and participates in the kick of conference “Mapping Dynamics & Testing Scenarios in Istanbul”.

 Read more here.

Currency Exchange Stall

9 June 2016 / Opinion
The Path to Diversification: Gaining from Exchange Rate Flexibility 

In the wake of current financial crisis, Iraq is attempting to diversify its economy, but if Iraq persist in pegging exchange rate regime any attempt to diversify the economy will be doomed to fail.

 Read more here.


9 June 2016 / Events
Mark Your Agenda for MERI Forum 25-27 October 2016


The 2016 annual MERI Forum follows on from the success of our 2014 and 2015 forums, which brought together decision-makers, academics and opinion-leaders to discuss a range of social, economic, and political issues. This year we aim to debate and analyse many of the core issues that are affecting the region today. Thus, the forum will revolve heavily around themes linked to the Islamic State, the economic and political crises, as well as the ever-changing regional power dynamics.

Read more here.



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