We are just a few days away from the announcement of the latest results of the recent health survey conducted in Iraq. This survey asks whether Iraqis would like to attend the family dinners every night or if they would like to study and work on their own.

People are now saying that they would rather work on their own because there is so much work to be done to rebuild their country. At the same time, 56 percent of Iraqis would like to continue being with their families every night.

This is an interesting split. Most world news stories focus on the negative development of the war in the Kurdish region — Iraq on the verge of collapse, and so on.

But there is a more hopeful development happening in Iraq. Iraqis, like other people in the world, want to improve their standard of living by helping their families and communities. And when I asked people in Iraq what they wanted to do with their lives, there was a very specific line of thought that emerged.

Iraqis want to help improve their ability to work and lead normal lives, and their homes. As a result, people are beginning to believe that they can rebuild their country. They see that almost anybody can do it: military experts, businessmen, even cooks.

Rather than focusing on the daily fighting in the Kurdish region, Iraq’s future is much brighter. There are millions of Iraqis who love their country and would like to help rebuild it.

About the Survey:

The “Coronavirus Briefing” is a new Brookings Institution project that focuses on the link between vaccinology and public health — what is at stake in the epicenter of the Saudi coronavirus outbreak and what the new research tells us about how best to prevent such outbreaks. For the first time, health analysts in the United States and in the Saudi Arabia will debate the scientific evidence on the role of coronavirus infections in the causal chain for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and the new Zaire strain of coronavirus, which has now spread to 26 countries.

The survey of about 1,000 Iraqis has been conducted in parallel with ongoing research to focus specifically on Zaire CoV infections in Iraq and the wider Gulf region.

The survey was conducted by Jeffrey T. Kuhner, a research assistant at the Center for Health Sciences at the Kennedy School at Harvard University; Kristin Neff of the Center for Health Sciences at the Kennedy School at Harvard University; and, in collaboration with the Center for Health Science at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, a team of researchers from Iraqi universities. The respondents were drawn from two groups — Baghdad and Kurdistan.