Washington Institute: America must use soft power in Iraq
18:43 - 07/11/2019
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A report by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy revealed that the US reputation in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
declined in comparison to Russia and Iran through their performance in the field of soft power.
"The United States should play a deeper role in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
to counter the so-called Russian and Iranian influence in the country," the report said. The United States now has a reputation in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
for its best soft power performance. ”
"During his visit to Baghdad last month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that about 4,000 Iraqis are studying at Russian universities and that the two countries are now looking to increase these educational initiatives," the report said. Although it is difficult to ascertain the accuracy of Lavrov's numbers, what is most important is Moscow's public affirmation of its ties with [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
in a framework that goes beyond energy investment and arms sales.
In contrast, according to the Institute for International Education's autumn 2018 report, Open Doors, there are only 1,438 Iraqi students studying in the United States until last year. However, even this number was probably exaggerated, because it relied on voluntary reports from US institutions, and probably includes many diaspora students who no longer consider [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
their country or have no plans to return to [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
“Taking greater advantage of education opportunities in the United States will help them move away from a system that has been more conservative than independent critical thinking. It may also help them build personal ties with the United States. Washington still has strong links with Iraqi Kurds in particular, so it has to build on this experience, but another useful option is to seek a strong US presence in American universities in Baghdad and Sulaimaniya, both through public and private sector efforts.
One goal is to attract more Iraqis to study there, a much easier option for many students than traveling to the United States, and may persuade more graduates to stay in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
. The US footprint remains stronger than its Russian counterpart in this area, especially as Moscow does not discuss the idea of building a Russian university in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
“The US media outreach must also be better and partially improved to shed light on Russian authoritarianism, foreign intervention, rampant corruption, and other ills rather than the misperception of Moscow. RT Arabic may be the media that is more responsible for promoting this image throughout the Middle East, and most Iraqis see it as a reliable source of information rather than a promotional arm, the report claims. Finished / 25 z