Counterinsurgency and terror expertise: the integration of social scientists into the war effort

David Miller, T A Mills

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Abstract

In this paper the authors draw upon the tradition of Power Structure Research to analyse the increased interpenetration of the military and the social sciences, particularly the recruitment of anthropologists and the adoption and adaptation of counterinsurgency strategies. It is argued that such actors should be understood not as disinterested ‘experts’ but as being organically embedded in a military–industrial–academic complex. The paper considers a number of contemporary examples as well as considering the historical roots of these trends. It is argued that this interpenetration violates the ethical norms of the academy and the moral and social responsibilities of intellectuals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalCambridge Review of International Affairs
Volume23
Issue number2
Early online date22 Jun 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Conflict and security

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