MERI in Washington DC

A team of MERI’s Research Fellows will be visiting Washington DC between 5-9 September, 2016. They will be presenting their current research projects at a series of seminars and round-table meetings at various think tanks and academic institutions. These include: Brookings, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), the Hudson Institute and the Washington Institute.

The MERI team includes Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, Dylan O’Driscoll, Khogir Wirya and Dave van Zoonen; who together will address:

  • The future of Mosul: before, during and after the liberation.
  • Perceptions of reconciliation and conflict among Iraqi minority groups in Nineveh Province. These include: Christians, Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkmen, and Sabean-Mandaeans.
  • The future implications of the major changes in the political and security dynamics of the Middle East, particularly after Turkey’s change in its policies in the region and its active intervention in Syria.
  • The political deadlock in both Baghdad and Erbil, and prospects for the future.

Policy reports will be made available and the fellows offer practical recommendations to stakeholders, particularly the next US Administration.

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The dates of the scheduled meetings include:
– Wednesday, 7:  United States Institute for Peace
– Thursday, 8:  Brookings
– Friday, 9:  Washington Institute
– Friday 9: Hudson Institute (open; details available here)
Exact times are available on request and attendance to these meetings are by invitation from the host institution.

MERI Team would be available for media interviews during this visit and their policy reports will be made available on 5 September, 2016.  For more information, please email: info[@]

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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.

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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).

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