To facilitate debate on post-ISIS reconstruction in Nineveh, MERI and EWI, sponsored by KAS, brought together key stakeholders for a dialogue and brainstorming workshop.

“Belgium does not have an official position on Kurdistan independence as of yet” said Ambassador, Mr Hendrik Van de Velde of the Kingdom of Belgium during his visit to the MERI on 12 June 2017.

“It is not appropriate to compare the Catalan and Kurdistan cases in relation to the referendum on independence” remarked Mr Juan José Escobar-Stemmann during a visit to MERI on 11 June 2017.

At a special MERI roundtable, diplomats, policy makers and experts debated Turkish foreign policy after the April referendum. Read the full report.

Recovery in Nineveh is “not just a matter of rebuilding buildings but is a matter of rebuilding the minds of the people” commented Mike Yaffe from United States Institute of Peace

“We are already living in the post-Islamic State (IS) stage” stated Nineveh Governor, Nofal Hammadi, during a roundtable organised by MERI on 18 April 2017.

Indian Consul Delegation at MERI

April 16th, 2017 by MERI

“The only thing that can really bring change in a country is education”, remarked Mr Deepak Miglani, Consul General of India in Erbil, during his visit to the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) on 16 April 2017.

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Prof. Jean-Pierre Filiu visits MERI

April 5th, 2017 by MERI

“Internationalisation is not the key to stabilisation in Syria”, stated Prof. Jean- Pierre Filiu during his meeting with researchers at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) on 3 April 2017.

On Thursday 30th March, senior diplomats, analysts and high-ranking KRG officials convened at MERI to discuss their expectations surrounding the new US administration’s foreign policy towards the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

As part of an ongoing project to promote good governance and democracy in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and to tackle the issue of the stalled political and parliamentary processes