Dear Friends: In a few days I leave for Iraq where I will join the staff of the Coalition Provisional Authority, specifically the Office of Governance & Democracy, for a year. I hope my work in the Balkans of the past decade and on Latin American issues prior to that will help me bring to my work in Iraq important principles more than anything else. There are those who do not support this mission or consider promoting democracy for the Iraqi people silly - they have a right to be wrong. As for me I go there with ferver in the heart and a sober mind. Keep me in your prayers.