About the Center

Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies is an independent, nonprofit think tank based in Baghdad, Iraq. Its primary mission is to offer an authentic perspective on public and foreign policy issues related to Iraq and the region.

Al-Bayan Center pursues its vision by conducting independent analysis, as well as proposing workable solutions for complex issues that concern policymakers and academics.


The mission of Al-Bayan Center is to be a leading source of independent analysis on Iraq and a forum for informed debate on the transformations taking place in the country and the region. Furthermore, it aims at strengthening the capacity of educational institutions and civil society organizations to prepare future decision makers and experts in the fields of politics, economy, administration, education, oil and gas, and international relations, who can be relied upon to set agendas and craft new initiatives.

The Center carries out this mission by conducting research and analysis, providing grants for research and fieldwork, convening conferences and workshops, and providing training services to governmental institutions, universities and employees.

Research Programs

The Center focuses on key research fields that form the basis of seven programs:

  • Economics and Development
  • Energy
  • Foreign Policy and International Affairs
  • National Security and Defence
  • Constitution, Law, and Democracy
  • Governance, Rule of Law and Public Policy
  • Society and Public Opinion


  • To engage in the key policy debates concerning Iraq by contributing thoughtful, independent analysis that is based on primary research conducted by scholars and specialists.
  • To encourage informed debate among key stakeholders, including policymakers, journalists and academics, about the challenges affecting Iraq and the region, and to generate fresh ideas about how to approach them.
  • To develop strategic thinking skills in decision making and policy formation in Iraq.
  • To help Iraqi academics, politicians, and government practitioners enhance skills for effective decision making and management.