A Brave New Iraq

By Madeleine White, capacity building specialist and Editor-in-Chief of nina-iraq.com

This article was original published by Nina Magazine, (www.nina-iraq.com) and is republished here with their permission.

A Brave New Iraq – a Moment in Time with Mais Abousy

Mais Abousy, an Iraqi-born US citizen and Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce, shares some universal truths with Nina Magazine’s co-founder Madeleine White.

In order to build sustainable long-term economic growth in Iraq we need to navigate a new path for diaspora Iraqis to connect with those still living in country.

In order to connect Iraq’s diaspora with those still living in-country a common ground needs to be determined that respects what Iraq is now, rather than trying to sentimentally hark back to what was.

The voices of women and the women’s networks are the key to building this common ground, connecting diaspora and in-country communities by recognising and communicating the ties that bind.

Mais is responsible for advising governments in the Middle East and North Africa on legal reform and economic development issues through the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP). Her professional stance therefore carries significant weight. However, that is just part of the story. The authority of her assertions also comes from her own identity as an Iraqi American woman – one who reconciles her roles as wife and mother with her day job by connecting personal truths to practical action.

When we speak it is 9am EST. Mais has been back in her home for just a couple of hours. She has flown in from Afghanistan and is pottering in her kitchen in readiness for an evening event. A woman of action and restless energy, she is passionately devoted to driving opportunity and progress in the country of her birth.

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