The Intra-Shiite Battle of Wills at Its Peak: Ways forward

September 1st, 2022 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

In his quest for ultimate power, Al-Sadir lost yet another battle. But, not to be underestimated, he has not lost the war. Policy recommendations for stakeholders

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The Sadrists’ Gamble: A Milestone Even if It Fails

August 2nd, 2022 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

The Sadrists have gone ‘all-in’, challenging the system & exposing its weaknesses. Unlikely to win outright but they have pushed Iraq to a new phase in its transition.

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A policy debate with members of European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence on EU-Iraq partnership: Peshmerga reform, the ISIS war and EU’s role in stabilisation

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The US has a long and enduring strategic interest with Iraq and will partner with the Iraqis who want to establish a stable and strong democratic country”, said Amb. Tueller.

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KDP and PUK in Sadir’s Chess Game

January 29th, 2022 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Al-Sadir is playing to win, whatever the cost. The Sunnis won the first round. The Kurds have lost sight of the bigger picture & focused on internal rivalry. It is not too late to find a win-win outcome.

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Strengthening societal resilience is considered vital for the prevention of violent extremism. MERI is a member of 15 international research centres (lead by NUPI) to address this issues.

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Iraq’s National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism

September 24th, 2021 by Kamaran Palani

Four years after the military defeat of ISIS, pre-existing conditions associated with the risk of violent extremism continue unabated in Iraq.

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The US policy in Iraq

November 30th, 2021 by Srush H. A. Khoshnaw

A summary report of a policy debate held at MERI, attended by a selection of policy makers, politicians and academics. Policy recommendations are presented to stakeholders.

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The Status of Erbil-Baghdad Relations

September 6th, 2020 by Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

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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