March 25, 2012
Iraqi Universities Reach a Crossroads
Ambitious plans for reform could be thwarted by sectarian politics
Jamal Penjweny, Novus Select, for The Chronicle
Eight years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq and a few months after the withdrawal of the military forces from the country, Iraq's universities, devastated by years of dictatorship, sanctions, and war, are still struggling to recover. The security situation has improved since the deadly, dark days of 2006 and 2007, when the country teetered on the brink of sectarian war, hundreds of professors were assassinated, and thousands more fled the country.
Today some of those refugee scholars