On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad held a reception to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, America’s premier academic exchange program. Since 1946, over 370,000 students and scholars from 160 different countries have participated in the program, including over 500 Iraqi artists, writers, politicians, scientists, business executives, and educators. No less than 57 Nobel Prize winners and 37 heads of state are Fulbright alumni. Joining U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman at the event was Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Abdul Razzaq Al-Issa, along with a number of university presidents, faculty, and Iraqi Fulbright alumni. Cooperation on higher education is an important part of the U.S-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, highlighting our support for a sovereign, prosperous, unified, and democratic Iraq that meets the aspiration of all Iraqis.