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Life During Wartime


Life During Wartime
Rebuilding public services for Iraqis from the ground up

Bringing decent public services to Iraq is a tough job. That’s why they called in Joe Ghougassian. From a secured compound in Baghdad, the former ambassador to Qatar talked about his decision to spend the next three years there to head efforts to bring basic services such as water, electricity and fuel to the people. “They have to wait in line for hours just to get a tank of gas, and it’s dangerous out there.”

Tapped in August to become chief of party for a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to develop and strengthen public service delivery to Iraqis, Ghougassian admits that things are wildly different now than they were back in 2004 when he was in Baghdad as an adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority, charged with normalizing higher education. (Full Story on USD Magazine, Spring 2007)

To read more about Ghougassian please click here.

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