The Faces of Iraq’s Intelligentsia

The P-WW’s Editor discusses the plight of Iraq’s intellectual class at Al Jazeera English. This article is the first in a series for Al Jazeera about the decline of Iraq’s intelligentsia.


“Istanbul, Turkey – Professor Saad Jawad, a 32 year old veteran political scientist from the University of Baghdad who now lives in London, greets five of his former students with a warm smile. These men are now professors at universities across Iraq, and have not seen their former advisor since he was forced to flee Iraq in 2008. They are members of Iraq’s embattled intelligentsia, which has endured nearly 30 years of perpetual violence. “We are carved by suffering and gouged by resignation,” one says.”

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