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31 January 2016


20 January 2016 / Announcement 
Mark Your Agenda for MERI Economic Forum 27-28 April, 2016


MERI Economic Forum 2016 is the first of its kind to be held in Iraq or the Kurdistan Region. The Forum is designed to address the country’s economy and the urgent need for its radical restructuring; and to engage policy- and decision-makers, academics and other international experts in a debate to promote a comprehensive approach to the economic reforms.

Read more here.


January/ Press
MERI Interviews

selection of interviews conducted by MERI's staff during our recent events.

"The deadlock in the construction sector was predicted," the Former Head of Investment Board in the KRG.

How can the KRG build a diversified economy? Interview with Bilal Wahab Director of Center for Development and Natural Resources, AUIS.

"The Government should make it more profitable to invest in the private sector" Matthias Mitman U.S Consul General.

MERI Economic Report: Addressing the Structural Weaknesses of the Kurdistan Region's Economy.

20 January 2016 / Publication  
MERI Economic Report "Addressing the Structural Weaknesses of the Kurdistan Region's Economy"

This report is an analysis of the major gaps in Kurdistan’s economic development and potential ways forward in terms of reinforcing initiatives aimed at private sector development; improving the functioning of the State and its budget; and transforming Kurdistan’s institutional landscape linked to the economy.


Read more here & Download the report here.

U.S. Military Delegation Meeting Barzani

25 January 2016 / Opinion
America Needs a Stable and Democratic KRG as a Partner


Following the Arab uprisings at the end of 2010 and into 2011, Middle East masses criticised the U.S. for legitimising non-democratic regimes, thereby implicating the U.S. Government in their domestic troubles. The U.S. prioritized military partnership over development of democratic institutions; as militaries became political actors, the U.S. was not perceived as the neutral party it claimed to be in domestic affairs. In Kurdistan, where the democratisation process is fragile, the U.S. risks making the same mistake by aligning too closely with one party over the others at this juncture.

Read more here.

Yezidies Fleeing ISIL Daesh in Sinjar

17 January 2016/ Opinion
Violence Against Women in War and Conflict

In her contribution for MERI website, Professor Emeritus Gill Hague from Center for Gender and Violence Research at University of Bristol, writes "In August 2015, the UN Security Council warned that, in Iraq and Syria, sexual violence is being used as a deliberate tactic, saying these acts are war crimes, with claims that Daesh in particular has created a ‘theology of rape’ including sexual slavery."

MERI report: Pathways to Resilience for Syrian Refugees Living in Camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

20 January 2016 / Publication  
Pathways to Resilience for Syrian Refugees Living in Camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq


A feasibility assessment on how to transform the refugee camps and the neighbouring towns into resilient communities, as part of a new longer term approach to the Syrian refugee crisis. The overall findings  of the report indicate that, while it is feasible to bring the living standards of both refugees and host community to a resilient situation, this has to be achieved by (i) the provision of direct livelihoods support to host and displaced communities; (ii) capacity building within Kurdistan’s local authorities; and (iii) advocacy for key policy changes that currently limit livelihood opportunities.

Read more here & Download the report here.


January/ Press
MERI Mentions 



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