Why are social scientists being deployed to Afghanistan?
As the White House turns its focus to the war in Afghanistan, President Obama has stressed the need to win over “the hearts and minds” of the Afghan people. That’s the goal of teams of anthropologists and social scientists who are currently embedded with troops in Afghanistan. Washington Post Reporter Vanessa Gezari, who’s writing a book about the ‘Human Terrain System’, explains how it works. And Dr. Karl Slaikeu, a psychologist and conflict resolution specialist currently along side troops in Afghanistan, offers a first hand perspective.