The Global War on Terror from the Standpoint of its Victims

Balch Auditorium
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Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College. He is the author, most recently, of The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution, and the co-editor of Land of Blue Helmets: the UN in the Arab World (both from the University of California Press). Earlier books include The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World (New Press).

Seen from a village in Waziristan, in the upper reaches of Pakistan, the Global War on Terror (GWOT) appears quite differently than it does in the anti-septic briefing rooms at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. It is to understand the GWOT from that vantage that Prashad decided to report – as widely as possible – from the villages that are in the gun-sights of the drone operators. This talk will travel through the landscape of the GWOT, assessing its various impact on countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.

This program is presented in partnership the Scripps Humanities Institute, Pomona College Draper Center, and Asian American Resource Center.