Peter Van Buren “We Meant Well”

October 5th, 2011

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Peter Van Buren

After the U.S. invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein, the next American task was the rebuilding of Iraq. Initially in the hands of the military, it shifted to a civilian corps that included a number of State Department professionals, working in Provincial Reconstruction Teams.

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One of those who went to Iraq to help was career Foreign Service officer Peter Van Buren, who was tasked there for a year. But from his first day in Iraq, Van Buren realized this was not going to be what he expected. In fact the reality of what was going on around him was beyond what anyone may have expected. His new book is called “We Meant Well.”

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