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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“We can’t call Iraq a federal state when there is only one federal region”. Baghdad needs to develope a national reconciliation strategy among the country’s various ethno-religious & social groups, through dialogue and trust-building. 

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Anti-Corruption Efforts in Iraq

January 16th, 2018 by Yasir Kuoti

Given the institutionalized nature of corruption in Iraq, fighting it will prove substantially difficult, and would require a national program that upsets major aspects of Iraqi politics.

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Shifting Gears in Iraq-Saudi Arabia Relations

November 6th, 2017 by Yasir Kuoti

The recent Iraq-Saudi Arabia rapprochement policy should be understood in the context of convergent political, security, and economic interests, with implications for regional security and stability.

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Universities are rising from ruins of war

August 20th, 2017 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Kurdistan shows that post-conflict countries can build a thriving higher education sector by working with foreign partners

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The Kurdistan referendum has opened the way for Baghdad and Erbil to prioritise serious negotiations.

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MERI hosted a roundtable event for diplomats, policymakers, and experts to discuss Kurdistan’s independence referendum and its consequences for the region.

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Is Kurdistan Independence Inevitable?

September 15th, 2017 by Yerevan Saeed

It could be more constructive for all stakeholders to assist Baghdad and Erbil to reach a mutually acceptable agreement

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Kurdistan: a potential strategic partner the US deserves

July 25th, 2017 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Through constructive engagement and promotion of rule of law, the US should help the Kurdistan Region of Iraq become a strategic partner. The Kurds can be instrumental in helping the US mend fences across the region.

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The narrow victory of Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the referendum on 16 April does not guarantee a politically strong and trouble-free presidency.

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