Iraqi Universities Reach a Crossroads

Iraqi Universities Reach a Crossroads | Ursula Lindsey | Chronicle of Higher Education | 25 March, 2012

Ambitious plans for reform could be thwarted by sectarian politics

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.

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