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Pediatricians and the Iraqi Insurgency

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Oct• 17•08

Today I attended a seminar by Eli Berman on his paper, “Can Hearts and Minds Be Bought? The Economics of Counterinsurgency in Iraq.”  He noted that the U. S. Military often employs pediatricians to collect information.  When, the military pays for a pediatrician to serve an Iraqi community., not only does this engender good will from the local Iraqi population, but soldiers mill around the pediatrician’s waiting room.  After conversing with some of the parents, many Iraqis share intelligence about the identity or location of rebel insurgents. In rural areas, a similar technique works with veterinarians.

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