FEUTURE is an EU funded (under Horizon 2020) multi-disciplinary research projects, carried out by a consortium of 13 highly experienced partner institutes from the EU (CETEUS; CIDOB, CIFE, DIIS, Eliamep, TEPSA), Turkey (EDAM, Bilgi, Koc, METU) and Iraq (MERI), Georgia (CRRC) and Egypt (AUC, planned). The aim is to assess and analyse future prospects of EU-Turkey relations, and in consideration of the neighbourhood that is unravelling to the east and south and a power shift that can be detected at global level

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The aim of this project is to develop recommendations for the various actors involved in the liberation of Mosul. The key point being that the structural and political issues need to be addressed alongside the military plan for Mosul and before any military engagement. Additionally, this project places importance on the development of a detailed post-conflict reconstruction plan.

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This paper argues that the future political stability of Nineveh depends on a two-level normalisation.

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This research aims at understanding perceptions of reconciliation and conflict among five minority groups in the North of Iraq. Those groups include Christians, Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkmen, and Sabean-Mandaeans. The Islamic State’s advances in 2014, paired with the political and economic crises that have bedevilled Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, exacerbated communal relationships among the communities who have been living in the North of Iraq and may incite new tensions if left unchecked. The Middle East Research Institute (MERI), in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) seeks to examine intra- and inter- relationships among those minority groups as well as their relations with both The Central Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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The Future of the Middle East

December 20th, 2016 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Policy makers of Iraq and the KRI who wish to pursue paths of their own design, must look carefully at the trends in power dynamics and the policies of the global and regional powers before designing their strategies.

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Kirkuk Policy Research

October 2nd, 2014 by Samuel Morris

The project will provide first-hand research on the situation in Kirkuk with an aim to put forward recommendations that can be offered to the KRG, the residents of Kirkuk and Baghdad for workable solutions to the current situation.

This Policy Paper discusses some of the Trump administration’s most likely foreign policy advisers and their positions on Kurdish self-governance.

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Emergency Security Briefings

October 2nd, 2014 by Samuel Morris

MERI’s Emergency Security Briefings provide updates on the current security and political crisis in Iraq.

Without sufficient deradicalisation policies, including within the education system, the narrative of the Islamic State will lie dormant or transform, creating the potential for another extremist group to emerge.

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Considering the new political realities of the region and the domination of US politics by the Republicans after the recent election, Iran should engage in dialogue with its Kurdish opposition parties.

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