Starting in October 2001, about a year and a half before the US and its allies invaded Iraq, the State Department spearheaded an effort called the Future of Iraq Project. Dozens of Iraqi exiles and international experts were brought together to figure out how to create a new Iraq should Saddam Hussein somehow be taken out of power.
Within the project, seventeen working groups covered such areas as the justice system, local government, agriculture, media, education, and oil. The various working groups began meeting in July 2002 and continued through March/April 2003. Twelve of the groups released reports. The project’s observations and recommendations were almost wholly ignored by the administration during its pre-war planning for the occupation.
Russ Kick of theMemoryHole.org filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the reports, which was granted in February 2006. Click the headline to read these which are reproduced on his very interesting site.