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U.S. Effort to Reach Out to Muslim-Majority Nations Begins to Bear Fruit

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Science  11 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5984, pp. 1339
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5984.1339

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Indonesia and the United States have just inked their first S&T agreement, which is now awaiting ratification by Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Two high-profile initiatives are in the works. In the coming weeks, the United States is expected to unveil an extensive education package, including university partnerships and dedicated funds for S&T collaboration; funding for the package could top $150 million. It will also tap Indonesia to host a regional center for climate change, one of the centers of excellence for the Muslim world that U.S. President Barack Obama promised to establish in a landmark speech in Cairo last year.