Our Mission . . .

The Iraqi Student Project (ISP) is a grass-roots effort to help war-displaced Iraqi students acquire an undergraduate education. ISP seeks the help of US colleges, universities, and a host of generous volunteers. ISP has sponsored sixty-two (62) Iraqi students. The most recent "Class of 2016" began studies in Fall 2012, when the conflict in Syria forced ISP to close its recruitment center in Damascus.

Iraq Today and Tomorrow: A History of the Roots of Conflict

Awab AlRawe, recent ISP graduate from the University of Oregon, writes: "This is the first of a series of articles I am writing about Iraq to explain from an Iraqi point of view the political situation, the sources of and solutions to conflicts in Iraq, and the region in general. I hope you enjoy and benefit from reading it.” [Follow Awab on his blog here: http://awabalrawe.blogspot.com/]

 Current ISP Students (2012 - 2016)

Fifteen (15) ISP students graduated in May/June 2013, and eight (8) graduated in 2014. Others finished their studies in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The following students are in their Junior or Senior year:

Ahmed Al-Dulaimi

Fontbonne University St. Louis MO

Anas Anees

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

Awss Anees Dabe

Lewis University, Romeoville IL

   Hasan Jawad Ali

Whitman College, Walla Walla WA

Huda Al-Sammarraie

Berea College, Berea KY

Mimoon Alwash

Worcester Poly Inst, Worcester MA

Mohammed Al-Ani

Tufts University, Medford MA

Mustafa Hmood

Christian Brothers Univ, Memphis TN

Mustafa Mahmood

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Othman Al-Mashhadani

NYU-Polytechnic, Brooklyn NY

Rand Zalzala

Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Riyam Al-Karkokliy

Regis University, Denver CO

Saif Al-Saegh

Great Falls University, Great Falls MT

Safana Alomary

DePaul University, Chicago IL

Sarab Shada

Loyola University, Chicago IL

Taleen Al-Dilanyan

Smith College, Northampton MA

Ziad Al-Shamsie

Dartmouth College, Hanover NH




 

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On the Ground Update on the Situation in Iraq

/Click on the title to read a letter from Dr. Sarah AK Ahmed, Director of Operations for The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) and Personal Assistant to Canon Andrew White, detailing her experiences over the last year as the crisis with ISIS in Iraq has escalated to increasing levels of severity. Sarah is a former ISP student. She provides an inside perspective on the crisis, and shares stories from her vast experiences. Please read this letter and share it with your friends and family.

ISP News & Appeal 2014

Looking back, it often seems impossible that so much can be accomplished when the need is so great and continues to grow! But it doesn't seem impossible to our students. Given the further deterioration of the situation in Iraq and Syria, our students are all the more mindful of and grateful for what your love and support has made possible. We feature some of their stories in this issue of the ISP newsletter.

Iraqi Student Project: a progress report

/Graduates from ISP are beginning to emerge from the US educational system. We report on the success of a project that now finds itself caught in the crossfire in Syria. Stephen Starr writes in The National, which has set a new standard of quality English-language journalism in the Middle East.

Iraq – What Next?

Comments by Hans-C. von Sponeck
/Hearing at the UK House of Commons, London 10 June 2014.
"My contribution at this hearing is not about the crimes of dictatorship or the details of Iraqi suffering. For both well-researched data is available. The objective of my participation is to make two detailed observations about externally driven Iraq politics during the period 1990-2014. Today’s tragic Iraq reality can only be understood if the additive impact of the years before and the years following the US/UK Governments’ illegal invasion and occupation is fully taken into account. Involved are 3 distinct time periods . . . ."

EPIC: Empowering Youth for Peace in Iraq

/This podcast conveys the imperative message that even grassroots efforts can have a tremendous impact on the lives of many individuals. It also demonstrates the importance of connecting Iraqis with Americans, and offering the US public an opportunity to experience and learn from the strong, ancient and historic culture and traditions of Iraq and its people.