The American Anthropological Association’s Executive Board recently passed a Statement regarding ethical aspects of the U.S. Military’s Human Terrain System (HTS) project. The project, which has received widespread national and international media coverage, embeds anthropologists and other social scientists in military teams in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ethical and procedural concerns regarding anthropologists working with U.S. Military and Intelligence agencies have been under investigation by an ad hoc commission of the AAA. The Commission will submit their final report on this subject—which extends beyond the particulars of the HTS project—during the AAA’s Annual Meeting in Washington DC.
To facilitate discussion on this subject, the AAA has created a blog as a forum for members to post comments regarding the Executive Board Statement and related issues.
For more information, see the links below
- AAA Executive Board Statement on HTS
- AAA Blog on HTS
- AAA Code of Ethics
- Info about the Ad Hoc Commission
- Media Coverage on the Issue