Western Bombs, Eastern Societies: The Destruction of Nations and Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

Oct 05, 2016
05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Katz Building Auditorium

Dr. Vijay Prashad, Trinity College

After the fiasco of the Iraq War of 2003, the West pushed for a new mandate through the UN called the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005. This new mandate revived ideas of humanitarian intervention that had been called into question from the detritus of Iraq. No lessons were learned. After R2P came Libya, a society now in ruins, and then came Syria, a country whose civil war had been fanned along even as no good outcome seemed on the horizon. This talk will explore the landscape of intervention and its perils.

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. He is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian Studies and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He writes regular columns and reports for Frontline (India), The Hindu (India), Alternet (USA) and BirGün (Turkey). He is the author of twenty books, including most recently - The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution (University of California Press, 2016) and Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations in the Arab World (co-edited with Karim Makdisi). His previous books include The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World (2007) and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South (2013). He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi, India).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Weiss Chair of the Humanities, the Department of History, the School of International Affairs, and the Rock Ethics Institute.

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