As part of a continued collaboration with the Middle East Peace and Security Forum held in Iraqi Kurdistan at the American University of Kurdistan, the Middle East Institute and the Iraq Policy Group held a workshop on Nov. 15, 2022 focusing on challenges of economic diversification, energy transition, and impacts on labor markets in Iraq and the Gulf region. Our one-day workshop included representatives from local government, economic and energy experts, international development specialists, and a youth cohort, who presented their own views and experiences, especially on expectations of job creation and inclusion in clean energy production. Our conversations were frank, open, and an opportunity to talk about policy recommendations as well as on-the-ground understandings of fiscal challenges and future growth. These kinds of collaborations are vital to scholarship, but more important to build bridges between regional experts, institutional linkages, and to young people experiencing the day to day, the dramatic changes in energy security and economic governance of Iraq. 

This report provides the insights and analyses of a select group of participants from the workshop, previously published as standalone articles on the MEI website.

Read the full report in PDF

Articles in this series

  1. Kurdistan gas and diversificationRobin M. Mills
  2. The geopolitics of energy transition in MENA: Mitigating risks, exploring new opportunitiesYounes Abouyoub
  3. Iraq needs renewables, but they won’t solve its power problems without broader reformsJessica Obeid
  4. The GCC and the road to net zeroAisha Al-Sarihi
  5. Youth dynamics and Iraq’s energy futureSalam Jabbar Shahab

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