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For immediate release: April 15, 2004
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Media advisory: Edwards offers comment on power transition in Iraq

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Questions of security and funding are paramount as the Bush administration proceeds toward its June 30 deadline for transferring sovereignty to a new Iraqi government, according to Mickey Edwards, a former Republican congressman and current faculty member at Princeton University.

Edwards, who represented Oklahoma in Congress for 16 years and was a member of the House Republican leadership, is a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is available to comment on the transition of power in Iraq, as well as the presidential race and other U.S. political issues. He and other scholars can be contacted through Eric Quiñones, Princeton University media relations officer, at (609) 258-5748.

"The single most critical question facing the United States is whether or not a sufficient number of democratically-inclined Iraqis can be recruited to provide internal security for the new government. At some point, the ability of any Iraqi government to function will depend on whether the people themselves are willing to bear the brunt of the sacrifice to make the transition work," Edwards said.

"The second most critical question is whether or not the administration can prevail on the Congress to provide the levels of long-term financial assistance that will be necessary to allow the new government to demonstrate its ability to govern, which will require providing a sound national infrastructure and basic government services. A lot of that funding will have to come from the United States, although the administration should do everything it can to get additional support from other nations," he added.

Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2004, Edwards was on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government for 11 years. In addition, he has been a regular political commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and has written frequently in defense and foreign policy publications and newspapers nationwide.


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