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 […]

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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 […]

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More Publications on Anthropology & Counterinsurgency

Perhaps it would be best if I avoided any more discussion of the work of anthropologists in counterinsurgency programs, especially when I see opening lines like this one: “To wage war, become an anthropologist.” The reason I say that is that I am not keen about either domination or resistance, about either passive or active […]

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What is Public Anthropology?

I have had the pleasure to revisit the pages of the Public Anthropology program launched by Professor Robert Borofsky. I will not be adding any commentary below, just cutting and pasting some key sections from “Defining Public Anthropology–A Personal Perspective (Rob Borofsky)“, and refer back to these in related posts in the future. Incidentally, his […]

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