Who we are

Public Policy Institute (PPI) is a research organization founded in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Its work is based on the empirical analysis of social, cultural, economic and political factors; combined with a solid understanding of theoretical approaches to international and regional public policy issues.

Partnerships

PPI is open to collaborate and to partner with academic institutions, local and international organizations, NGOs and with the private sector, in pursuit of a mutual interest for the enhancement of research and education.

 

PPI Overview

Public Policy Institute (PPI) is a research organization founded in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq. Its work is based on the empirical analysis of social, cultural, economic and political factors; combined with a solid understanding of theoretical approaches to international and regional public policy issues.

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Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion

Throughout recent
history, the Kurdistan, Iraq and the Middle East region have been shaken by
conflicts. Foreign intervention, regional and local tensions, instability and
problems with regional cooperation wreaked havoc in the Middle East throughout
the 20th century.

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Identity, Minorities and Nation-building

The 20th century saw the reshaping of the Middle East’s territorial and political landscape by the European powers. New states brought together different communities and split others; traditional identities were shaken and new ones arouse.

PPI studies the process of creation and the evolution of these identities, as well as the processes of state and nation building in the region. In addition, we pay special attention to the situation of minorities in the region, their relations with other local and national actors and their role in peace consolidation. Minorities have played an important role in politics, culture and society historically in the Middle East region, and peace building efforts need to integrate them in the process to ensure their protection and guarantee stability.

Our work pays special attention to the issues that disenfranchised factions and minorities face in the region; providing a platform for these groups to voice their concerns, and highlighting the importance of equality, cooperation and integration of minorities in long term peacekeeping solutions.

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Governance, Social Policy and Development

One of the themes that PPI puts emphasis on is institutionalization, accountability and transparency in government sector. As it has been highlighted and debated by researchers as well as by the general public, corruption is a chronic disease in both the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi Government, which paralyzed the social and economic development of the country. PPI investigates the way in which public and welfare services are delivered by the KRG and Iraqi government, and to improve its efficiency and accountability.

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Gender, War and Genocide

Wars and armed conflicts do not only result in the loss of the lives of armed men but shatter the whole society fabric. Armed conflicts in multi-ethnic and multi-religious scenarios often lead to ethnic cleansing operations and even acts of genocide, as we have seen throughout the conflicts that the region has experienced. In addition, often women and children are the most vulnerable people in the conflict-torn areas. PPI also looks at the status and role of women in Iraq’s societal and political life.

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Migration and Displacement

Mass displacement and emigration has resulted in dramatic demographic changes in Iraq. This is particularly visible and threatening for minorities from different religious and ethnic backgrounds.

At the PPI we have extensive experience on migration and displacement from and to the Middle East region. Our research projects look at the factors that drive the region’s inhabitants to emigrate abroad and/or move within the region, but also at the drivers that make them return. Integration and social cohesion among refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and local population is another ongoing topic of research by the centre.

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Regional and International Relations

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Extremism and Radicalism Studies

Following ISIL’s defeat, there have been debates about what are the ideological bases for ISIL and where they come from and grow. Militarily, ISIL was defeated, however the effects of the ISIL ideology still remain in the area formerly controlled by them for about 3 years. This issue, particularly at formal and informal education/training level, needs to be addressed…

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