Iraq celebrated the grand opening of the new Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 17, 2012 in Baghdad. The center was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, in coordination with the Government of Iraq, as set out by the Strategic Framework Agreement.
The June 17 opening ceremony launched a three-day Iraqi Regional Security Seminar featuring presentations from scholars and experts from Iraq, the U.S. and other countries. The seminar’s objective was to define strategic relationships and reinforce the commitment to partnership and cooperation between Iraq, the U.S. and regional partners.
The center, which includes Iraq’s National Defense University and National Defense College, the Iraq War College, and the Iraq Language Institute, will facilitate regional dialogue and serve as a basis for partnership building between Iraq and other nations throughout the region. The $15 million complex, with funding from the U.S. Embassy, was completed in two years and represents Iraq’s commitment to professional development and strategic studies for senior Iraq officials.
The complex features first-class conference and meeting facilities, video teleconference capabilities, classroom buildings, and a student center, complete with a library, auditorium and coffee shop. Senior Iraqi leaders will receive education in areas such as defense economics, civil-military relations, leadership and management, regional security issues and strategic resource planning. The center will also engage academic partners, both regional and international, to facilitate out-of-country military-to-military exchanges for training and development.
The Al-Nahrain Center for Strategic Studies reflects U.S.-Iraqi cooperation under the auspices of the Strategic Framework Agreement to strengthen security and stability in Iraq. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was honored to support this initiative.
(Source: US Embassy)