Snapshot: Afghanistan Provincial Reconstruction Teams

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According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the May 20-21, 2012, NATO summit in Chicago expressed agreement to phase out the PRTs in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The July 2014 CRS report also indicates that as of December 1, 2013, 12 PRTs have been transferred to Afghan control, and that the remaining 16 are to be transferred by the end of 2014.  District Support Teams (DSTs), which help district officials provide government services, are to close by the end of 2014 as well.  USAID and CRS calculations put the PRT projects cost (development and local governance) from FY2001 to 2011 at over USD $1.2 billion.


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Below via the CRS:

The PRTs, the concept for which was announced in December 2002, have performed activities ranging from resolving local disputes to coordinating local reconstruction projects, although most U.S.-run PRTs and most PRTs in combat-heavy areas focused on counterinsurgency. Many of the additional U.S.civilian officials deployed to Afghanistan during 2009 and 2010 were based at PRTs, which have facilities, vehicles, and security. Some aid agencies say they felt more secure since the PRT program began,49 but several relief groups did not want to associate with military forces because doing so might taint their perceived neutrality. Virtually all the PRTs, listed in Table 15, were placed under the ISAF mission. Each PRT operated by the United States has had U.S. forces to train Afghan security forces; DOD civil affairs officers; representatives of USAID, State Department, and other agencies; and Afghan government (Interior Ministry) personnel. USAID officers assigned to the PRTs administer PRT reconstruction projects. USAID spending on PRT projects is in the table at the end of this report.
Despite the benefits, President Karzai consistently criticized the PRTs as holding back Afghan capacity-building and repeatedly called for their abolition as “parallel governing structures.” USAID observers backed some of the criticism, saying that there was little Afghan input into PRT development project decision-making or as contractors for PRT-funded construction.

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Goodbye 2010: 15 Questions to End the Year

There were some other interesting items we blogged about this past year, but the following are the questions that stayed with us, with no good answer it seems as we end the year.

#1. Who Leaked the Eikenberry Cables and Why? 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

#2 Why the State Department Needs a C-U-L-T-U-R-A-L Makeover? 
Monday, February 22, 2010

#3. Huh? News: Condi Rice admits some regrets over the Iraq War?

Monday, March 22, 2010

#4. Huh? News: Illegal Immigrants Easily Identifiable by Clothes and Shoes?
Thursday, April 22, 2010

#5. Can we afford to be the ‘Bank of Afghanistan R Us’ in the next 15 years?
Monday, May 31, 2010

#6. What was he thinking? The Runaway General’s PR, Bombs
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

#7. Whatever happened to that challenged AFSA election results?
Thursday, July 1, 2010

#8. When are you too old to represent the United States abroad?
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Answer: 65, yada, yada, yada, 65!

#9.Why Are the Richest Muslim Countries “Missing in Action” in Pakistan’s Flooding Disaster?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

#10.Mission Accomplished: Iraq gets a $52.1 billion surplus and all we got was a lousy $13.4 trillion debt?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010

#11. What’s the best spin on secret holds in the US Senate? 
Monday, October 4, 2010

#12.Which State Department attrition rate do you like best?
Monday, November 8, 2010

#13. Who were asleep at the ports when 251,287 embassy cables ran away in a Lady Gaga CD?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Link to Manning-Lamo Chatlogs from three versions here

#14.Why the bureaucracy needs some thinking brains and oh dear, these cables are naked as peeled grapes
Thursday, December 16, 2010

#15. What happened to American diplomat, James Hogan in Curacao?
Monday, December 27, 2010

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