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Global vs Tribal: a look at the 'War on Terror' today

The Thistle and the Drone and the 'War on Terror' (SOAS Alumni Weekend)
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Professor Gilbert Achcar, Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Chaired by Gavin Esler

Date: 29 June 2013Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 29 June 2013Time: 5:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Alumni Event

The United States declared war on terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. More than ten years later, the results are decidedly mixed. In his latest book, ‘The Thistle and the Drone’, world-renowned author, diplomat and scholar Professor Akbar Ahmed argues that the use of drones has exacerbated the already-broken relationship between central governments and the tribal societies on their periphery. Beginning with Waziristan in Pakistan and expanding to similar tribal societies in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, he offers an alternative and unprecedented paradigm for winning the war on terror.

A notable SOAS alumnus, Professor Ahmed (Phd Anthropology 1978) will talk about his research and exchange views with a panel of experts on his central theme that the US-led war on terror is being seen by some as a global war on tribal Islam, as well as regional and security concerns. He will be joined by SOAS’ Professor Gilbert Achcar, Professor of Development Studies and International Relations, and Dr Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations.

The event will be chaired by Gavin Esler, the award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist, and presenter of the BBC’s flagship political analysis programme, Newsnight. This special thought-provoking talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, giving you a chance to be a part of this very topical conversation.

Find out more about Professor Ahmed’s book ‘The Thistle and the Drone’


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