Anthropologists in Afghanistan

Anthropologists in Afghanistan

The U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS) program surfaced on Bob Edwards’ radio program this weekend. The HTS sends anthropologists to Afghanistan in order to minimize cultural misunderstandings between the U.S. military and Afghanis. Three social scientists have died in the effort.

While it sounds noble and straightforward, the program is controversial within academia for ethical reasons, and questions have been raised concerning the capabilities of the HTS leadership. 

The Marines also utilize HTS scientists, and there is a film about the program.  Vanessa M. Gezari  reported on the Human Terrain System last summer (more here).

 

Image by Mike Licht.

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One Response to “Anthropologists in Afghanistan”

  1. InI » Afghanistan Newslinks 12 April, 2010 Says:

    […] Anthropologists in Afghanistan “ NotionsCapital By Mike Licht The U.S. Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS) program surfaced on Bob Edwards’ radio program this weekend. The HTS sends anthropologists to Afghanistan in order to minimise cultural misunderstandings between the U.S. military and Afghanis. … notionscapital.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/anthropologists-in-afghanistan/ […]

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