Traditional anthropological research conducted among tribes inhabiting remote areas where insurgents and criminals operate has become increasingly difficult to implement.   Studies carried out among people living in small-scale societies now are nearly impossible due to the physical dangers associated with the civil and religious unrest found in those areas.  Swat, for example, has become so dangerous that Frederick Barth's studies only could be repeated at the risk of the investigator's life.  Similar research is not feasible among Burma's Rohinga tribes located on both sides of the border with Bangladesh, as well as with the Pashtuns in Afghanistan's interior and within Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where even Pakistan's army enters with reluctance.

   Given the difficulties of conducting direct fieldwork in conflictive areas, the Tribal Analysis Center utilizes an indirect approach.   Using multidisciplinary research, we seek to collect and analyze data obtained from a wide variety of sources, both current and historical.   In the absence of new ethnographic fieldwork to update our base of knowledge, the Tribal Analysis Center compiles and summarizes existing research and documents on tribal societies, combining this material with contemporary press reports and articles.   We assume that much can be gleaned from well-informed observers who are not anthropologists, ranging from journalists and travelers to government officials.

Current Research, Completed Research, External References Material, Reference Books, and Research Tools

CURRENT TAC RESEARCH: These are major research projects sponsored by Tribal Analysis Center that are underway.  Updates to the status of the projects will be posted as they continue.  Site visitors are encouraged to submit leads to additional reference sources.
COMPLETED TAC RESEARCH: This section of the website consists of finished reports.  These are available on the site at no charge and may be used as long as report content is properly sourced.
EXTERNAL REFERENCE MATERIAL: As related research articles, theses, and websites are located, links to each selection will be posted for researcher use.
REFERENCE BOOKS: Books by noted TAC authors and reprints of historical books of relevance's. Available for purchase.
RESEARCH TOOLS: TAC's tools are intended to assist in the understanding of complex relationships found in tribal societies, especially those in transitions that lead to conflict.  These tools range from a recently release "Guide to the Analysis of Insurgency" to modified "Nolan Graphs" superimposed on to X-Y Axis Graphs to illustrate tribal relationships that are difficult to understand in any other manner.  More tools are under development.