Culturally sensitive war? The Human Terrain System and the seduction of ethics

  title={Culturally sensitive war? The Human Terrain System and the seduction of ethics},
  author={Maja Zehfuss},
  journal={Security Dialogue},
  pages={175 - 190}
Since around 2005, efforts have been made within the US military to highlight the significance of culture or the ‘human terrain’ for counterinsurgency operations. The US Army responded to the asserted ‘cultural knowledge gap’ by establishing an experimental programme called the Human Terrain System (HTS), which involves deploying social scientists alongside combat forces. While HTS was received favourably in the US mainstream media, it has been fiercely criticized by anthropologists in… Expand
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