Alexandria Group International is helping American University of Iraq Baghdad contact US government officials, media and opinion-shapers to advance its mission of developing a diverse, tolerant, free and peaceful nation.

The private and non-profit entity aims to educate young Iraqis so they can create a modern nation equipped to handle the challenges of the 21st century.

AUIB, which is funded by tuition payments, corporate/individual contributions and money from Dubai, intends to establish a charitable foundation in the US.

AGI's one-year contract with AUIB is worth $252K.

Managing partner Marshall Harris handles the effort. The US foreign service veteran made news in 1993 when he resigned as special assistant to secretary of state Jim Baker to protest US inaction in Bosnia.

He went on to launch Balkan Action Council, with AGI’s John Menzies, to advocate for American intervention to stop the genocide in Bosnia by Serbia.

Harris also was VP at Freedom House and an advisor to former Senate majority leader Bob Dole.