The gender politics of Iran’s nuclear policy

Defenders of Iran’s nuclear programme speak in terms of protecting female honour from the ‘inspections’ of intrusive foreigners.

Is Iran creating its own state within Iraq?

Iranian-backed Shia militias are on the rise in Iraq, but these forces are being brought under Iraqi state control.

Why Israel Is Obsessed with an Iranian Bomb

Israeli leaders constantly imagine themselves in the shoes of their Iranian counterparts and invariably conclude that it is only rational for the Islamic Republic to acquire the bomb.

Sunni Arabs Of Iraq: The Future Prospects Of A Troubled Community

“There have seemingly been several options for Sunni Arabs in post-Saddam Iraq, although not all seem quite feasible.”

How Could the Nuclear Deal Change Iran?

The nuclear deal with Iran could lead to desecuritization domestically.


Focusing on a wide range of categories and issues such as security, foreign policy, energy, environment, development, and education, CMER seeks to advance dialogue and cooperation in the Middle East through constructive and context-aware engagement with its various stakeholders including political elites and decision makers, policy professionals, business associations, academic institutions, civil society, media, grassroots organizations and local communities.

Given the extraordinary complexity of circumstances in the region, we believe only a multifaceted approach to research and interaction can lead to nuanced and realistic understanding of the cultural, social, political realities on the ground.

CMER aspires to enable the stakeholders to tackle the formidable challenges faced by the region today more effectively and help foster sustainable peace and prosperity in the Middle East.


Our consultancy services can be divided into three broad but overlapping categories (below). It is noteworthy that despite this nominal division, selected members of our “research”, “policy & strategy” and “coordination” teams often join hands in accordance with the specific requirements of the project in question and form “custom task forces” that are particularly suited for and capable of carrying out the respective tasks and fulfilling the needs and expectations of our clients.

We believe such a flexible approach to project management and implementation can deliver a high degree of efficiency, accuracy and efficacy.

Research & Investigation

Drawing on the diverse expertise of our research team, which consists of established academics, veteran journalists and issue specialists, we are able to provide our clients with custom research, working papers, in-depth reports and executive briefs in such areas as security and terrorism, foreign policy, energy markets, political economy, development, education, religious conflict and community relations in the wider Middle East.

Policy Planning & Strategy

Made up of policy professionals, strategists, military specialists, former politicians, civil servants and government officials, CMER’s policy & strategy team has been tailored to meet the growing need of governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as public and private enterprises for coherent and effective planning in a highly uncertain and rapidly changing environment. Its tailor-made services include risk analysis, threat assessment, intelligence analysis, and policy briefs on issue-areas of interest to our clients in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Coordination & Networking

Given our close and convenient access to government agencies, business communities, and media organizations in the Middle Eastern countries, CMER’s coordination team is well positioned to facilitate communication but also build connections between our clients from around the world and the local bodies and people.


CMER works closely with media organizations around the world, offering them expert commentary and analysis.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi criticizes commander of Iranian Quds Force, general Qasem Soleimani in his visit to Washington in April 2015. CMER’s Hamdi Malik discusses PM Al-Abadi’s concerns about the growing power of Iran-backed Shia paramilitary groups in Iraq.
Baghdad and other Iraqi cities witness demonstrations against the widespread corruption as well as lack of reliable services in Iraq. CMER’s Hamdi Malik argues that although some of the reforms promised by Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi are among the long awaited list of demands by ordinary people in Iraq, they are not going to tackle the structural problems that have led to the dysfunction of the Iraqi state institutions.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi’s approach to Iraq’s never-ending problems is different from that of his predecessor Nouri al-Malik who was widely viewed as a divisive figure. However, the complex and multi-faceted nature of schisms amongst different sects in Iraq prevents him from bringing together the fragmented nation together.