Abdullah Mohtadi Shares his Views on Regional Politics with MERI Staff

“Innovative approaches and evidence-based strategies are what we need in Middle East politics” noted the Secretary General of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan in his visit to MERI on August 23, 2016. Mohtadi met MERI Research Fellows, and staff and exchanged views on regional politics, Middle Eastern stability and Kurdish politics.

Mr Mohtadi and MERI staff, including Professor Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, Mr Fuad Smail and Mr Hawraman Ali, discussed the current political dynamics, including the role of the Kurdish political parties as local actors.  They agreed that it was essential for all Kurdish parties to remain committed to promoting democracy, pluralism and tolerance.

Mr Mohtadi, a highly experienced politician and an economist by training, appreciated the importance of think tanks, and research institutes in promoting human rights and contributing towards building a better Middle East.

In this context, he expressed his willingness to engage with MERI and take part in its research, seminars and conferences.  This offer was welcomed by Ala’Aldeen who explained the nature of MERI’s work, and stressed the importance of remaining as an impartial and academically focused institution.  “MERI has been and will remain at equal distance between all actors, locally, regionally and internationally”, he added.

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