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MERI is among the top 7% think tanks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries.  It went up by 22 places to No. 35 among 507 institutions.

MERI Forum 2017 Postponed

October 19th, 2017 by MERI

MERI Forum 2017 is postponed.

Identifying Global Beacons for Private Sector Reform

January 10th, 2016 by Dave van Zoonen

The vulnerability of Kurdistan’s economy to volatility in the international markets was painfully revealed by last year’s fall in oil prices.

Middle East in transition: can Europe shape the new order?

September 14th, 2015 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

European powers including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, most affected by the descent of the Middle East into chaos, have nevertheless followed the US lead in every action.

It is feasible to bring the living standards of both refugees and host community to a resilient situation, for instance by bridging the income gap. But only through a combination of livelihoods support and advocacy for key policy changes in how Kurdistan sees the refugees.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: A View from Erbil

August 3rd, 2015 by Sardar Aziz

Iran and six world powers reached a historic deal on the 14th of July in Vienna. This deal could have far reaching consequences and significantly alter geopolitics in the Middle East.

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MERI is currently undertaking a research project to advance and apply the concept of resilient livelihoods for Syrian refugees living in the camps within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

One step forward, two steps back

April 28th, 2015 by Samuel Morris

The capture of Tikrit was touted as a turning point in the conflict in Iraq. Despite it taking weeks longer than suspected and requiring involvement from the international coalition, the operation was deemed a military success. But the momentum was lost.

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The Importance of the Battle for Tikrit

March 8th, 2015 by Samuel Morris

As the much publicised attack on Tikrit is underway, it is important to look at the deeper significance of such an operation. Beyond regaining lost territory, the battle for Tikrit will play a defining role in the coming year for Iraq.

Whilst the war against ISIS continues to dictate priorities for policy-makers in the Middle East, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq maintains its commitment to democratization and nation-building. In spite of the political will for reforms, the heavy burden of war and its consequences have, nonetheless, crippled necessary reform processes. Hosting 1.5 million IDPs and insufficient […]