IRIS has partnered with Chatham House on a number of research projects, the Sulaimani forum, and events throughout the year. Most recently, IRIS and Chatham House co-hosted an event on the protests entitled "Iraq Protests: State Violence & The Challenge of Reform." Chatham House Senior Fellow Renad Mansour simulataneously serves as Senior Fellow at IRIS, and facilitates much of the collaborations between the two organizations.
IRIS, the Global Public Policy institute (GPPi), and the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) conducted a three-year research and knowledge sharing initiative exploring the impact of sub-state or other hybrid security forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and, in a more limited vein, Syria. The IRIS part of the project highlighted the role sub-state security forces have played in various provinces (Nineveh, Salah al-Din, Kirkuk, Anbar, with high-level interviews in Baghdad) and the impact of such forces on governance, reconciliation, social cohesion, and local commercial relations.
Funded by the UK Department of International Development, IRIS and the LSE Middle East Centre are part of the the Conflict Research Programme (CRP), a three-year programme designed to address the drivers and dynamics of violent conflict in the Middle East and Africa and to inform the measures being used to tackle armed conflict and its impacts. The LSE Middle East Centre (MEC) is leading the research on Iraq and on wider Middle East drivers of conflict. The MEC's partners in Iraq are the Institute of Regional and International Studies, as well as Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, Al-Amal Association, Iraqi Women Network and Public Aid Organisation in Baghdad.
As part of UNAMI's reconciliation work to ensure a stable and peaceful post-ISIL phase in Iraq, IRIS conducted a study on the shifting structures of power and political economy of the disputed territories, specifically Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Diyala. The research was intended to empower UNAMI to advise and facilitate dialogue on the outstanding disagreement related to the disputed territories, thereby enhancing peaceful coexistence amongst communities and support efforts for an inclusive national reconciliation.
IRIS is partnering with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on a research project to promote sound economic policy, knowledge, and transparency in Iraq. The project aims to shift the national policy conversation towards a long-term sustainable economic vision and empower local civil society actors with the necessary knowledge and tools to press for changes in the governmental approach to the economy.