Our Annual Report 2014/2015 contains information about the works, publications and research projects conducted at the Institute including reforming the judiciary system and public prosecution in the Kurdistan Region, combating domestic violence, institutionalization and unification of Peshmerga forces, the economic and financial crisis in the KRG, Kirkuk and disputed territories, KRG’s relations with its neighbours, the issue of internally displaced peoples and refugees and preserving social cohesion and livelihoods in the Kurdistan Region.
The report also sheds light on MERI’s inaugural Forum (MERI Forum 2014) as well as the conferences and debates hosted by the Institute for the purpose of reform, reconciliation and institutionalization in Iraq and the wider Middle East. The contribution of MERI scholars’ in enriching debate during conferences and at world stage events is also highlighted in the report.
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About MERI: The Middle East Research Institute is Iraq’s leading policy-research institute and think tank. It is an independent, entirely grant-funded not-for-profit organisation, based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. Its mission is to contribute to the process of nation-building, state-building and democratisation via engagement, research, analysis and policy debates.
MERI’s main objectives include promoting and developing human rights, good governance, the rule of law and social and economic prosperity. MERI conduct high impact, high quality research (including purpose-based field work) and has published extensively in areas of: human rights, government reform, international politics, national security, ISIS, refugees, IDPs, minority rights (Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, Shabaks, Sabi mandeans), Baghdad-Erbil relations, Hashd Al-Shabi, Peshmarga, violence against women, civil society. MERI engages policy- and decision-makers, the civil society and general public via publication, focused group discussions and conferences (MERI Forum).