Central to the U.S. effort to help Iraq rebuild were the Provincial Reconstruction Teams, civilian-led groups of experts in governance, economic development, urban planning, basic services, agriculture, elections, women’s and family issues, and other specialties, some of which were embedded with US military units.  With the U.S. Government scheduled to withdraw all troops from Iraq by December 2011, the Iraq reconstruction effort has come under intense scrutiny. What was it like to live in rural Iraq trying to create jobs, help widows, rebuild water and sewer systems, and foster reconciliation among tribal enemies? Do the results justify the many millions spent? Can or should the U.S. seek continuing benefit from its investment of money, time and talent? What have we learned about trying to provide development assistance in the midst of conflict?

The Speakers

Richard S.D. HawkinsU.S. State Department's Political Advisor to the US Army Major General responsible for Baghdad and Anbar Provinces.
Richard S.D. Hawkins led an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team of 40 subject matter experts in the rural and conflict laden eastern and southern zones of Baghdad Province from February 2008-April 2009. He returned to Iraq in February 2010, serving as the U.S. State Department’s Political Advisor to the US Army Major General responsible for Baghdad and Anbar Provinces. In Washington, DC he served as Andean Counterdrug Initiative Coordinator, overseeing South American counternarcotics assistanc programs totaling over $700 million. His previous assignments included service at the US Mission to the United States, and in Colombia, Cote d-Ivoire, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Dick Hawkins headed an educational publishing company and managed training units for multinational corporations.


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