Reconstructing Iraq: Where Do We Stand?

March 10th, 2019 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Iraq reconstruction costs $88B. Donors pledged $30B, but little has so far materialised, because the Iraqi government has failed to address its structural and functional weaknesses. The onus is on the Iraqi leaders.

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EU-Turkey Policies in Iraq & Syria: Challenges & Opportunities

February 4th, 2019 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Turkey and EU have adopted multifaceted foreign policies in the Middle East. They converge only on specific issues but their mutual cooperation has not been easy.

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Country to Watch in 2019: Iraq

December 30th, 2018 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

After 4 years of political & security turbulence, Iraq has now turned a new page with plenty of cautious optimism for 2019. Evolution of events & predictions for the new year.

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MERI Forum 2018: Full Report

December 23rd, 2018 by MERI

This is the full report of all the panels of MERI Forum 2018 where policy- and decision-makers and opinion-leaders shared visions and solutions for a range of core issues and challenges that are facing the Middle East today.

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The Caliphate’s defeat: the future of Iraq

December 23rd, 2018 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

In spite of the Caliphate’s defeat, Iraq remains a fragile country with its sovereignty grossly undermined, and its state institutions weakened. Unless the Iraqi leaders focus on good governance and rule of law, ISIS is capable of re-emerging

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By failing to reach an agreement to form an electoral alliance, the Kurdistan Region’s opposition parties missed a golden opportunity to shake up the duopoly of the KDP and PUK’s power.

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This policy book addresses the structural & functional weaknesses in th KRI’s governance system, and makes practical recommendations for its reform.

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In the run-up to this month’s parliamentary elections (12 May), the Kurdish parties are running individually, but in the Iraqi-controlled disputed territories they act differently.

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“dissent between Brussels and Ankara is highly likely given the Turkish Armed Forces’ broad kinetic engagement in both Iraq and Syria”

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We found that multiple energy drivers strategically incentivize the EU and Turkey to cooperate and converge on overall political and economic policies and priorities.

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