State-Building in Iraq

July 4th, 2021 by MERI

This policy report Identifies key weaknesses in the governing system, highlights the political barriers for progress; and offers policy recommendations to stakeholders.

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Summary of the MERI policy debate with the German Ambassador Ole Diehl on his country’s policies and the challenges they face in Iraq and KRI.

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Sectarianisation of Iraq’s governance has already become a powerful driver of conflict. Left unaddressed, it can become irreversible. Here, ambassadorial appointments are used to underline the issues and offer ways forward.

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A summary report of the MERI rountable discussions on the UK’s policy objectives in Iraq & Kurdistan Region, the challenges they face and policy recommendations for stakeholders.

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MERI is globally ranked as the top think tank in Iraq for the 6th consecutive year and No 27 among 599 major think tanks in MENA countries.

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Will they tackle the Middle East differently? How would the regional actors respond?

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The security dynamics may get complicated, making it more difficult for President Elect Joe Biden to pick up the pieces.

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The Status of Erbil-Baghdad Relations

September 6th, 2020 by MERI

In Iraq, politics is personal, and the politics of Baghdad-Erbil relations is no exception. Improvements and deteriorations in this relationship have largely been dictated by interpersonal dynamics, such as the rapport and mutual confidence between leaders.

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The US should help create an Iraqi state at peace with all of its components. The KDP and PUK need to de-escalate and allow the KRI to speak with one voice in Baghdad & with international partners.

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This brief examines the socio-political & socio-economic circumstances of the Iraqi Roma & urge the Federal & KR Governments to prioritise addressing the marginalization of the Roma.

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