Accession Number:

AD1019536

Title:

Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) Negotiation Skill Requirements in Afghanistan: Afghanistan Security Issues Final Research Paper

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States

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Report Date:

2010-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Provincial Reconstruction Teams PRTs have been working in Afghanistan since 2003 on counterinsurgency COIN operations. These teams are jointly organized with military and civilians from various services and departments, which creates a challenging dynamic because their main purpose is dealing directly with the civilian Afghan population. At the overarching strategic level in Afghanistan, President Obama has established the goal of beginning the withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2011. This creates milestones and goals for progress along the way. For the PRTs, tactical-level negotiating with local leadership is part of daily operations. To maximize their negotiating capabilities, U.S. military negotiators must understand the potential limitations in cross-cultural activities. Most notably, they need to be aware of mission goals and endstates that are based on a Western perspective of time that need to be adjusted to meet the needs of the Afghan population.

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE