<P>Iraqi scientists and engineers and to facilitate their travel (in fact, the Department of State funded the travel from Baghdad to Amman – and back to Baghdad at the end of the trip). At that time, it was still extremely di?cult to secure visas for Iraqis to travel to the United States. It was essential that we work with the State Department to arrange this visit. The six-person Iraqi delegation included specialists in biology, chemistry, and engineering. They spent a week in the Washington, D.C. area where we hosted meetings at CRDF Globals headquar- ters, arranged meetings with numerous U.S. government agencies (State Department, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology), local universities, and business associations. The delegation visit was successful in several ways. First, it enabled us to begin building the kind of personal relationships that are so important in inter- national engagement. We had many productive discussions about the situation in Iraq, the scientists work, and their ideas for future collaboration. The trip also helped to educate the Iraqis about the state of science and engineering in the United States and globally. Some were able to reconnect with former colleagues, because many Iraqi scientists and engineers had studied in the West, includ- ing in the United States. These networks are critically important to advancing international collaboration. The visit helped CRDF Global develop ideas for follow-up program activities. The input from these scientists about the situation in Iraq and the tremendous needs in terms of rebuilding Iraqs science and engineering infrastructure was invaluable. We quickly identi- ?ed many needs: equipment, professional skills training, research support, access to scienti?c journals, and more. In response, over the next few years, CRDF Global launched several new programs for Iraq. Iraq Virtual Science Library The Iraq Virtual Science Library (IVSL) was created to provide Iraqi scientists with access to research information from the worlds leading scienti?c, engineering, and technical publishing houses and societies. 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