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09-12-2006, 08:46 PM
From USIP: The Afghanistan Reconstruction Group: An Experiment with Future Potential (http://www.usip.org/pubs/usipeace_briefings/2006/0912_afghanistan_reconstruction.html)

The Afghanistan Reconstruction Group (ARG) was created by the National Security Council in 2004 as a non-traditional approach to reconstruction. The ARG brought high-ranking former U.S. private-sector executives and government employees to serve in the embassy in Kabul. The intent was for the group to apply its private-sector experience and expertise in an advisory role to both the U.S. government and the Afghan government.

We have now begun to evaluate ARG successes and shortcomings as well as potential future uses of the concept. Given current U.S. advocacy of market economy, citizen self-determination, and democracy, what should be the role for public-spirited, top-level private-sector experts in U.S. government stabilization and development operations?
Oral Histories: Afghanistan Provincial Reconstruction Teams (http://www.usip.org/library/oh/afghanistan_prt.html)

The Oral Histories Project on Stability Operations collects the full text of interviews conducted by the USIP's Professional Training program with individuals involved in stability operations, to draw lessons learned and address the challenges of post-conflict intervention.
The link brings you to a page of links to pdf files with the transcripts of interviews with US government officials, military personnel, and members of international organizations and NGOs.