Noah Coburn, political anthropologist at Bennington College, presented his current ethnographic research on Nepalese contractor employees to members of the YPIR network. Coburn has been interviewing people from Nepal, Georgia and Turkey, who have worked for contractors in Afghanistan during or after the war. He shared with YPIR members the socioeconomic profiles of his interviewees, their lives before and after working with certain contractors, and the inner workings of contractor companies. His ethnographic research also raises important questions for the future of conflict and warfare in general, and the role of private contractors.
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