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

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on The Future of EU-Turkey Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios

The Shia Block is realistically the key determinant for national reconciliation to occur in Iraq. However, its internal divisions make it a problematic and non-unitary interlocutor for national, regional, and international initiatives.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Planning Post-IS Iraq: Competing Visions Within the Shia Block?

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.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Liberating Mosul: Pre and Post Factors for Consideration

The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

March 6th, 2017 by Dylan O’Driscoll

The report assesses the current role of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) in the provision of security in Iraq, arguing that dealing with the multiple competing subnationalisms within it is ‘one of the most pressing issues’ to address following the defeat of Islamic State (IS).

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on The Hashd al-Shaabi and Iraq: Subnationalism and the State

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.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Perceptions of Reconciliation and Conflict Among Iraqi Minority Groups

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.

Yet Another War in Shingal: The Sword of Damocles

March 5th, 2017 by Tomáš Kaválek

On 3 March, clashes erupted between the PKK-linked forces and the KDP’s Rojava Peshmerga near Khanasor in the district of Shingal.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Yet Another War in Shingal: The Sword of Damocles

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.

Normalisation in Ankara-Baghdad Relations: A New Era?

January 26th, 2017 by Athanasios Manis

This policy brief argues that the main challenge for the normalisation of Ankara-Baghdad relations lies with the fact that a win-win scenario of overlapping or complementary interests does not seem to be driving the leaderships’ actions.

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on Normalisation in Ankara-Baghdad Relations: A New Era?

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

  • Posted in
  • Comments Off on The Catch-22 in Nineveh: The Regional Security Complex Dynamics between Turkey and Iran