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. It develops solutions to public policy challenges to help understand Kurdistan Region, Iraq and Middle East communities. PPI provides research services, systematic analysis, and innovative thinking to government agencies, NGOs, foundations, and private-sector firms.

The institute’s research themes include, but not limited to, peace and conflict; ethno-religious components in the Kurdistan Region, Iraq and wider Middle East; issues of identity politics and challenges to nation/state-building; good governance, social policy and development; gender; human mobility, migration and displacement; and religious fundamentalism and sources of extremism.

PPI’s mission is to provide high-quality evidence-based research support to scholars, private entities and public agencies to be used for academic purposes, public policy making and/or to help government, private entities, NGOs and international actors to make informed decisions.

PPI believes in the importance of promoting diversity and integration to achieve the long-awaited peace and development in the Region. This can only be achieved through freedom of expression and secularism. We understand public policy in its broadest concept which embraces socio-economic and political dimensions of the life in which has been reflected in the below six outlined research themes/projects.