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ERIC Number: EJ769255
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Creative Associates International: Corporate Education and "Democracy Promotion" in Iraq
Saltman, Kenneth J.
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v28 n1 p25-65 Jan 2006
This article illustrates how global corporate education initiatives, though profit-motivated, sometimes function both as an instrument of foreign policy and as a manifestation of a broader imperial project. According to neoconservative scholars, as well as their critics, the events of September 11, 2001, allowed the implementation of pre-made plans to radically reshape the United States National Security Strategy to pursue more aggressively and openly global military and economic dominance, and to force any and all nations to submit to a singular set of American values. With the declaration of military response, the United States invaded Afghanistan (in 2001) and then Iraq (in 2003), in part, on the justification that these were fronts in the so-called "War on Terror." Following both invasions, the United States, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), contracted with a private for-profit corporation, Creative Associates International Incorporated (CAII), to lead the rebuilding of education. The role of CAII in remaking education in Central Asia, the Middle East, and around the world on behalf of the United States concerns a number of broader issues about the international involvement of corporations in public education. In one sense CAII represents just one kind of international corporate involvement in schooling: educational development. Yet, the array of for-profit projects that CAII is involved with in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe makes it exemplary of a range of global corporate schooling initiatives, including textbook production, curriculum design, remediation services, teacher education programs, and privatization schemes. In this article, the author recounts the history of CAII and discusses its "democracy promotion" projects in Nicaragua, Haiti, and Iraq. (Contains 90 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Afghanistan; Asia; Haiti; Iraq; Nicaragua; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001