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The Center for Development and Natural Resources (CDNR) contributes to a vision for Iraq’s petroleum wealth that enhances economic prosperity, social justice and accountable governance.

 The Center for Development and Natural Resources was launched at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in the Spring of 2015 as an initiative of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).

CDNR is well positioned to bring together representatives from, and create partnerships among, academics, policymakers, civil society and industry in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to engage in constructive discussion and analysis of questions pertaining to the energy sector, stability and economic development. The Center will pursue two types of core activities: firstly, through research and analysis, CDNR will become a resource on all topics regarding Iraq's oil, governance, and federalism, and will add value to current scholarship in the region. Secondly, through education and capacity development, CDNR will enhance the levels of expertise of government officials, Iraqi citizens and students to better understand and make decisions regarding oil governance in the country.

CDNR Activities:

CDNR pursues its vision through a variety of activities, singly and in partnership with other research institutes, oil companies, government ministries, or academic institutions.

  • Generating and disseminating knowledge through reports, briefings, articles and analytical news pieces.
  • Developing university courses on oil, politics, and responsible governance for students at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, as well as for other programs in Iraq and internationally.
  • Hosting external scholars and researchers as CDNR Fellows to conduct research in Iraq.
  • Undertaking training and awareness workshops for government, industry, and civil society.
  • Offering consulting, expertise and analysis tailored to the needs of various stakeholders, including baseline studies, surveys, needs assessments, feasibility studies, and risk analyses.