Patricia Omidian, Applied Anthropologist in Afghanistan, on the Human Terrain System

Dr. Patricia A. Omidian started her work in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1997. She traveled to and conducted research in Afghanistan from 1998 to 2001, before moving to Kabul in March 2002 where she was based until January 2007 — she has been on the ground from before 9/11 until well after the US invasion and… Read More Patricia Omidian, Applied Anthropologist in Afghanistan, on the Human Terrain System

Survey: Applied Anthropology and Military Engagement in the Human Terrain System

This is to announce a survey, prepared and administered by Nikki Kuper (an Honours student in anthropology at Macquarie University, Australia), as part of her Honours thesis research. Nikki’s study is concerned with “examining the factors at stake in debates about the use of anthropologists and anthropological knowledge in military operations.” She is especially interested… Read More Survey: Applied Anthropology and Military Engagement in the Human Terrain System

HTS “Contractor” Who Murdered Afghan, Now in Custody, Awaiting Trial (plus Stanton’s sixth article on the Human Terrain System)

UPDATED Nov. 21-22, 2008: See the formal indictment here. and see Contractor who shot Afghan stands trial PakTribune November 20, 2008 DOD contractor charged in death of Afghan man Jeff Schogol Stars and Stripes, November 22, 2008 U.S. charges defense contractor with Afghan killing Matthew Barakat Associated Press, November 20, 2008 Contractor Charged With Murder… Read More HTS “Contractor” Who Murdered Afghan, Now in Custody, Awaiting Trial (plus Stanton’s sixth article on the Human Terrain System)

Is the Human Terrain System Imploding? (Let’s hope so.) — John Stanton’s fifth article on HTS

This is the fifth article by John Stanton on the Human Terrain System, once again reproduced in its entirety with the permission of the author. Previous articles by John Stanton on the Human Terrain System can be found here, here, here, and here. Note the underlined sections dealing with the recent burning of Paula Loyd,… Read More Is the Human Terrain System Imploding? (Let’s hope so.) — John Stanton’s fifth article on HTS