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Sharing Visions for the Future of the Middle East

In convening such high-level panels and making room for the participation of diplomats, government officials, civil society representatives, and media, the MERI Forum 2015 fostered greater debate and, more importantly, action on these issues.


Addressing the Structural Weaknesses of Kurdistan Region’s Economy

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.


MERI Ranked as Iraq’s Leading Think Tank

and ranked 58 out of 398 organisations in the MENA Region, according to TTCSP's Global Go To Think Tank Index 2015



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MERI Mentions

A selection of recent articles where MERI received international media coverage

Deutsche Welle

“The Iraqi leader wants to reshuffle his cabinet but he has a weak base of power… his greatest rivals are now his fellow party members and former fellow campaigners”

Al Jazeera English

“The people who are asking for reforms as well as the people promising the reforms are not talking about the fundamental changes in the rule of law, policies and vision, and they neither show will and determination.”

Middle East Eye

“If Kirkuk was to become part of the KRG there is no doubt that locals would want Kirkuk to be treated in a different manner to Sulimani, Erbil, Dohuk and Halabja.”


“The current financial position of the KRG is unsustainable,” and it would be difficult for the KRG to carry out the necessary structural reforms unless it received external financial assistance to “stabilise its macro-economic environment.”


Kurdistan’s boom was dependent on a single factor: high oil prices. A failure to build a tax base or diversify the economy left it vulnerable. “But its weaknesses did not show for as long as there was a good flow of cash.”

The Economist

“No party pushed for private-sector development because it was not in their interest,…It’s not a matter of firing people from the public sector, it’s making employment in the private one more attractive.”