Abbas Mehdi

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Professor Abbas Mehdi

To help prepare them for deployment, last fall Professor Abbas Mehdi, organization, management and sociology, trained 200 commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota Army National Guard on the complex culture of Iraq. While other workshops for Army National Guard soldiers focus on the effect Iraq will have on them, Mehdi’s 20-hour seminar covered the history, culture, government, economy and religion of Iraq with a focus on how soldiers and the local populace interact. Mehdi is an internationally-known expert on his home country: he was founder and chair of an international organization that promoted replacement of Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq, was chairman of the board of the Republic of Iraq National Investment Commission, and testified last fall in Washington, D.C., before a Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Iraqi government corruption and waste.

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