Translation Consequence: The Crusade for Information in Wartime Communications

Alim Sutherland
School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University
June, 2009
 

Abstract

Based on data collected from interviews with former soldiers, this paper describes the modern information-based warfare exemplified in Afghanistan and other contemporary conflicts, and issues and implications surrounding Afghan interpreters’ inclusion in Canadian units deployed in the Panjwaii district in Kandahar. The discussion uses a constructivist and postcolonial approach to consider interpreters’ contribution to, and status in, the war for information, identifies several cultural causes of strain between interpreters and combatants, and reveals negative implications for military communications. This study concludes with a series of recommendations designed to improve the effective flow of communication and cultural understanding between interpreters and combatants.
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