Office of the Spokesman
April 22, 2003
Release of State Department Publication on Iraqi Professionals' Look at Iraq's Future
Released on April 22, 2003
The State Department has released a new publication for international readers entitled Duty to the Future: Free Iraqis Plan for a New Iraq.
The pamphlet offers an explanation of the "Future of Iraq Project," a unique initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that brought free Iraqi professionals together to examine critical humanitarian, political and economic issues facing the new Iraq.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell notes in his introduction to the publication that the "Future of Iraq Project "embodies our government's
long-standing desire to help Iraqis in their effort to free their country from tyranny."
The Project was a broad-based, voluntary effort that engaged the talents, experience and expertise of the large, diverse community of Iraqis who lived beyond the control of Saddam Hussein.
The 32-page pamphlet offers an in-depth look at what 12 of the Iraqi participants in the Project see as necessary steps in promoting a better future for the Iraqi people. They examine the challenges of developing democratic institutions in Iraq; the support for a modern economy; their nation's key infrastructure needs; humanitarian aid to the Iraqi people and other issues.
The Department of State's International Information Programs published Duty to the Future in English, Arabic, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese.