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October 29th, 2008

Minerva Research Initiative: Searching for the Truth or Denying the Iraqis the Rights to Know the Truth?

Submitted by Saad Eskander, Iraq National Library and Archives

What has prompted me to write this paper is the continuing refusal of the U.S. to pay serious attention to Iraqi calls for the repatriation of the Iraqi records illegally seized by its military and intelligence agencies. Most recently, the Pentagon has issued an announcement, calling upon U.S. universities, research centers and scholars to submit [...]

October 29th, 2008

The Military-Social Science Interface

Submitted by Ian Roxborough, Stony Brook University

If social scientists are to have a more effective engagement with the military we need to understand them better. It is not enough simply to produce research, package it, and hand it over to be used by the military. We should think about how it will be appropriated by them. Let me first argue the [...]

October 9th, 2008

Pentagon Priorities and the Minerva Program

Submitted by John Tirman, MIT Center for International Studies

The Defense Department’s Minerva program stirs many interesting debates, and among them should be what the program says about the government’s assessment of security threats to the United States. It is not a satisfying picture. Of the five major program interests articulated by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the program guidelines, three of them [...]

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