Counterinsurgency and Terror expertise: The integration of academics into the war effort

David Miller, Tom Mills

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    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 pages18
    JournalCambridge Review of International Affairs
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


    • power structure
    • counterinsurgency strategies
    • ethics
    • moral responsibility


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