I am going to give a talk re infrastructure in Iraq. I include the advert in the interests of shameless-self-promotion. Please come if you can.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Section Meeting. Sponsored by the Younger Members’ Forum, John Matel, leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) for Iraq’s Western Al Anbar Province, will give a presentation on the successes and continuing challenges of rebuilding Iraq’s government and infrastructure. The U.S. Embassy in Iraq began establishing PRTs in 2005, and they are now a key element in the strategy for stability in Iraq by strengthening the Iraqi government’s ability to provide basic services and to construct roads, water and sanitation projects, electric power infrastructure, and other public works. See more information in the November E-Update newsletter. Where: Sheraton Crystal City (Metro: Blue/Yellow lines, Crystal City) is located at 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, VA (one block from the Metro). Registration and networking begins at 6:00 pm with the dinner at 6:45 pm, and the program from approximately 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Reservations can be made by e-mailing Please RSVP by close of business on November 12, 2008. The cost is $30 for members and non-members and $5 for students, which includes a buffet dinner. No free parking is available at the hotel for the meeting. However, free parking is generally available on the street.