On December 5, 2009, the Network of Concern Anthropologists (NCA) held a session at the AAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia to discuss some of the issues they raised in their recently released Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual. The session was chaired and recorded by David Vine, assistant professor of anthropology at American University and a founding member of the NCA.
Panelists/Discussants: Roberto Gonzalez; David Price; Andrew Bickford; Gregory Feldman; Dylan Kerrigan; Catherine Besteman; Catherine Lutz; Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Anthropology and “cultural knowledge” have become much trumpeted tools in the U.S. military’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to the widely criticized Human Terrain Team program, the Pentagon drew on anthropology and anthropological concepts in the writing of its new Counterinsurgency Field Manual. (more…)