We survey anthropologists who work in Arab League countries to ascertain their perceptions of fieldwork security conditions. Based on the responses of forty-seven specialists reporting on conditions in 127 field sites, we find the security environment in the Arab League to be diverse. Scholars working in nations such as Morocco, Oman, and Qatar report overwhelmingly favorable research conditions, while their colleagues working in Lebanon and Syria report a largely dismal situation. The paper also queries respondents on their perceptions of the impact that Trump administration policies and rhetoric have on their ongoing field research. Here, we find Arab League specialists nearly universal in their assessment: they regard Trump’s policies as having a negative impact on their ability to conduct academic research.
William Yaworsky, Dawid Wladyka, Katarzyna Sepielak; Field Research in the Era of the Islamic State and Trump. Human Organization 1 March 2022; 81 (1): 35–46. doi: https://doi.org/10.17730/1938-3525-81.1.35