Anthropologists React to the AAA Statement on the Ethics of Counterinsurgency Research

Readers can quickly see the comments being posted by anthropologists, predominantly American, ranging from students to senior professors, by

clicking on this link.

These comments are posted with reference to the recent release of a statement from the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association on the Human Terrain System Project.

The concluding two paragraphs of the statement have struck me as especially poignant:

In the context of a war that is widely recognized as a denial of human rights and based on faulty intelligence and undemocratic principles, the Executive Board sees the HTS project as a problematic application of anthropological expertise, most specifically on ethical grounds. We have grave concerns about the involvement of anthropological knowledge and skill in the HTS project. The Executive Board views the HTS project as an unacceptable application of anthropological expertise.

The Executive Board affirms that anthropology can and in fact is obliged to help improve U.S. government policies through the widest possible circulation of anthropological understanding in the public sphere, so as to contribute to a transparent and informed development and implementation of U.S. policy by robustly democratic processes of fact-finding, debate, dialogue, and deliberation. It is in this way, the Executive Board affirms, that anthropology can legitimately and effectively help guide U.S. policy to serve the humane causes of global peace and social justice.

Current members of the Executive Board are:

Alan Goodman
Natural Science
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002
(o) 413/ 559-5372
(f) 413/ 559-5448

Setha M Low
Public Space Research Group
The Graduate Center of the
University of New York
365 Fifth Ave.
New York,NY 10016
(o) 212/ 817-8725
(f) 631/ 329-7358

Dan Segal
Department of Anthropology
Pitzer College
Claremont, CA 91711
(o) (909) 607/3645
(f) (909) 626-3412

Archaeology Seat
Deborah L. Nichols
Department of Anthropology
6047 Silsby Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755-4030
(o) 603/ 646-3033
(f) 603/ 646-1140

Biological Seat
Thomas L Leatherman
Department of Anthropology
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(o) 803/ 777-7261
(f) 803/ 777-0259

Cultural Seat
Ellen Lewin
Dept of Women’s Studies
Univ of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
(o) (319) 335-0322
(f) (319) 335-0314

Linguistic Seat
Monica S. Heller
Centre Franco-Ontarian Studies
252 Bloor St W
6th Flr OISE
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6
(o) 416/923 6641 ext. 2549
(f) 416/926 4714

Minority Seat
Judy Y. Tso
Aha Solutions Unlimited
7921 Kentbury Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814

J. Anthony Paredes
12 Willow Glen NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

Student Seat
Jennifer L Jackson
2200 19th St NW Apt 707
Washington, DC 20009
(f) (773) 834-8700

Undesignated #1
Theodore C Bestor
Dept of Anthropology
33 Kirkland St 420
Wm James Hall
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
(o) (617) 496-6539
(f) (617) 496-8355

Undesignated #2
Leith Mullings
365 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10016
(o) 212/ 817-8009
(f) 212/ 666-4076

Undesignated #3
Sally Engle Merry
New York University
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003
(o) 212-998 8564

Undesignated #4
Ed Liebow
Ctr for Public Health & Educ
1100 Dexter Ave N Ste 400
Battele Seattle Research
Seattle, WA 98109-3598
(o) (206) 528-3155
(f) (206) 528-3550

Undesignated #5
Peter S. Allen
Department of Anthropology
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI 02908
(o) 401/ 456-9639
(f) 401/ 456-9736

Section Assembly Convenor
Susan Sutton
7931 Ferrell Ln
Indianapolis, IN 46260-4907
(o) 317/278-1265
(f) 317/278-2213