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dc.contributor.authorRuiz, Moses T. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2009-05-14T18:33:04Z
dc.date.available2012-02-24T10:14:54Z
dc.date.issued2009-04en_US
dc.identifier.citationRuiz, M. T. (2009). Sharpening the spear: The United States’ provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/3586
dc.description.abstractThe terrorist attack on 11 September 2001 and the United States’ response resulted in the U.S. government’s unwitting involvement in nation-building and counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. The historical defeat of Soviet forces, the ease of removing the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, and the reluctance of the Bush Administration to engage in nation-building resulted in a reluctance to commit a significant diplomatic, economic, and military effort. The U.S. military recognized that it needed a cost-effective, robust element that could assist the new Afghan government in extending its authority throughout the country. It created Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) composed of specialized military teams and civilian government experts with the mission of improving security and governance and supporting reconstruction and development in the provinces and districts. The expansion of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) beyond the capital was initiated by member countries taking over U.S.-established PRTs. The relatively nominal cost in money and personnel, along with the positive reception of PRTs by provincial governments and the Afghan people, contributed to the U.S. and ISAF expansion of the PRT program to more provinces. The rising expectation of PRTs as a tool for nation-building and a non-kinetic weapon of counterinsurgency is diminishing as government corruption, the drug trade, terrorism, and lawlessness increase, particularly in the south and east. Knowledge of both Afghanistan and PRTs is necessary to determine the cause of problems and to develop solutions. Recommendations by official reports and by both military and non-military scholars are compiled and considered for improving PRT operations.en_US
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dc.format.extent123 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2009.
dc.subjectPost-conflicten_US
dc.subjectNation buildingen_US
dc.subjectCounter insurgencyen_US
dc.subjectRecommendationsen_US
dc.subjectInteragencyen_US
dc.subjectJoint operationsen_US
dc.titleSharpening the Spear: The United States’ Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistanen_US
txstate.documenttypeReport
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTajalli, Hassan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWeinberger, George
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMiller, Kevin
dc.description.departmentPolitical Science


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