Iraq Presses Ahead With Global Partnerships Despite Challenges

De­spite Chal­lenges, International Part­ner­ships in Iraq Press On 1

Oliver Mertz, U.S. Department of State

U.S. and Iraqi officials meet to discuss education partnerships. From left: Musa al-Musawi, U. of Baghdad; J. Adam Ereli, U.S. State Department; A. Hadi al-Khalili, Iraqi Embassy; Ali al-Adeeb, Iraqi higher-education ministry; and Maureen McLaughlin, U.S. Education Department.

On 2.7 acres of emp­ty land along the Shatt al-Arab River in south­ern Iraq, Mus­ta­fa Alshawi has big plans.

The pro­fes­sor from the University of Sal­ford, in Brit­ain, en­vi­sions what he says would be Iraq's first sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy park, intended to gen­er­ate start-ups run by stu­dents and fac­ul­ty mem­bers from the University of Bas­ra. The pro­ject, at an expected cost of