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Iraq's Economy after ISIS: An Investor's Perspective

Iraq's potential as a post-conflict investment opportunity has slowly improved since the fall of Mosul in 2014, but political and legal obstacles must be overcome before the country can attract significant investment. In this report, IRIS non-resident fellow and Chief Investment Officer of AFC Iraq Fund, Ahmed Tabaqchali, explains the history of optimism and pessimism over Iraq's investment environment, and future prospects and opportunities for attracting interest.

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Toward Economic Recovery and Food Security in Post-DAESH Iraq: A Framework for Governance Moving Forward

Conflict drives farmers from their land, disrupts economic activities, and prevents people from access to markets. It threatens food security by harming domestic agricultural production, damaging food markets, and hindering people’s access to income. In Iraq, the recent war against DAESH has resulted in massive food insecurity, and profoundly affected the country's food system. This report describes current food insecurity in multiple post-DAESH towns in Iraq through the lens of economic recovery. It shows that...

Water Resources Management in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

While water crises are commonly framed as natural hazards or the result of suboptimal economic outcomes, they are quite often the consequence of short-sighted political decisions. From this perspective, the IRIS fellow Alessandro Tinti engaged with government officials, environmental activists, and international experts in the water sector to identify pressing issues and priority areas.

The outcome of this research is this report, which has a twofold purpose: (1) to illustrate...

Decentralized Rent-Seeking in Iraq's Post-ISIS Economy

IRIS Non-Resident Fellow, Dr. Mark DeWeaver , an emerging-markets fund manager, ISX investor, independent economist and author, authored this IRIS Iraq Report (IIR) titled: “Decentralized Rent Seeking in Iraq's Post-ISIS Economy: A Warning from the Concrete Block Industry.” This report is based on fieldwork conducted in Iraq is March 2017, with the assistance of Shwan Lacky.

Since 2014, the success of Iraq’s militias in combatting the Islamic State (ISIS) has greatly...

War, Health & Refugees in Iraq: Stakeholder meeting report

On April 27, 2017, IRIS hosted a roundtable entitled “War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq,” in partnership with the SEED Foundation and Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Anthropology . IRIS Research Fellow James ‘Mac’ Skelton, who is currently completing a PhD in Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University, chaired the discussion.

The meeting brought together directors of public hospitals, humanitarian officials,...

Obstacles and Opportunities for Entrepreneurship in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region

In the context of the AUIS Entrepreneurship Initiative (AEI), this report, written by IRIS fellow Aaron Bartnick , points to the main obstacles and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. It also presents policy recommendations suggesting ways government institutions could help support entrepreneurship and small businesses.

The report draws insight from several months of interviews and meetings with stakeholders and members of the community in Sulaimani, Erbil, and...

Getting Peshmerga Reform Right: Helping the Iraqi Kurds to Help Themselves in Post-ISIS Iraq

This report was produced jointly by IRIS and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) . The author, Samuel Helfont , is a Robert A. Fox Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East, and holds a post-doctoral lectureship in the University of Pennsylvania’s interdisciplinary International Relations Program. He conducted the research for this report over the course of his last visit to the Kurdistan Region of...

Reporting on Minorities Across Iraq in Arabic & Kurdish Press

IRIS, with the support of Free Press Unlimited (FPU), conducted an assessment project looking into the state of minority portrayal in Iraqi media. In consultation with local journalists, 25 media outlets (13 from Iraq and 10 from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) were selected for monitoring over the course of four months –from March until June 2015. These outlets were selected among daily newspapers, online news agencies and monthly or bi-monthly magazines of different political,...

Fifth Annual Sulaimani Forum Proceedings

Now in its fifth year, the Sulaimani Forum is a high-level policy conference that explores issues facing the Middle East region, with a particular focus on Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Over the course of two days, scholars, experts, and policymakers from around the world convene to discuss current trends, pressing challenges, and points of conflict in the Middle East. The Sulaimani Forum presents an annual opportunity to bring together the main...

IRIS Booklet Series: The State of the Economy

The following is a series of IRIS Iraq Reports (IIR) on the economy of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) by IRIS non-resident fellow, Dr. Mark DeWeaver.

DeWeaver joined IRIS in November 2015. He is an economist, owner of Quantarian Capital, an emerging-markets fund that currently invests in the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), and author of Animal Spirits with Chinese Characteristics: Investment Booms and Busts in the World's Emerging Economic Giant.

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