MERI Forum

MERI Forum is the Institute’s Annual International Conference

The Middle East Research Institute (MERI) holds a broad array of conferences and meetings, including an annual MERI Forum, the premiere high-level policy gathering in Iraq, held in Autumn of each year.

This Forum is designed to engage local and international stakeholders, opinion-leaders, and decision-makers while providing a platform to discuss and debate key issues affecting Iraq, the Kurdistan Region and the wider Middle East. Using its position as the leading independent policy research institute in Iraq, MERI aims to promote constructive discussions regarding a broad array of issues that relate to peace, stability and prosperity in the wider Middle East.

On these occasions, MERI has been fortunate enough to host such esteemed speakers as, the President of Iraq, Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Ministers from both Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, and international dignitaries that have included the Foreign Minister of Turkey.

More information can be found (links below) on forthcoming and previous fora, including programmes, speakers, videos and proceedings, or by contacting MERI Events on events[at]