How have anthropologists and other social scientists been used by the Pentagon and the CIA on the ground in places like Afghanistan as part of broader “counter-insurgency” programs? What are contracted civilians, embedded academics doing in the field as part of “human terrain teams?” Host Allen Ruff talks with anthropologist David Price to explore this.
How did the United States bring the Taliban back from the dead? How did Americans resurrect the insurgency that persists to this day? What is the truth behind out country’s longest war? Listen to this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!
What’s new in the case of Sergeant Bergdahl? Did he intend to desert the Army permanently? Did he really intend to join the Taliban or assist the enemy? Check out this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!
How will the inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai affect Afghanistan’s economy? How will the shift in power impact U.S. – Afghanistan relations? Check out this edition of A Public Affair to find out more!
On Wednesday, Dec 5, our host Jan Miyasaki speaks with Justin Elliott, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, to speak about his piece Meet the Think Tankers: Advising the U.S. Military in Kabul. Justin began his piece amidst the media frenzy regarding former CIA Director General Petraeus’ extra-marital affair, and was struck by the reference in […]
On Monday October 15, our host Linda Jameson spoke with Matt Southworth, a legislative program associate for foreign policy with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest. First serving in the US army at the age of nineteen, Matt was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as an […]