US Foreign Policy

India and Pakistan's hope after Osama

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War & Pacification
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Article
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Osama bin Laden's killing is a potential turning point for India-Pakistan relations. The Indian government reacted to the news with an instant "I told you so" – the discovery of Bin Laden's safe house next door to the military academy in Abbottabad vindicates India's longstanding assessment that Pakistan has become a haven for jihadi extremism and the fountainhead of terrorism. The United... Read more

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Osama is no martyr, but the man prevailed

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War on Terror
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War & Pacification
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Article
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Osama bin Laden is no martyr. He is certainly no Che Guevara, whose fate at the hands of the Central Intelligence Agency was strikingly similar to his. But one cannot escape the fact that he succeeded in unleashing a chain of events that led to his nemesis, the United States, becoming a diminished power compared to what it was in the halcyon days of unilateralism at the end of the last century.... Read more

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Justice or Vengeance: lessons from Bin Laden's death

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Arab Spring
War on Terror
Middle East Conflict
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War & Pacification
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Article
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In the midst of the Arab Spring, which directly rejects al Qaeda-style small-group violence in favor of mass-based, society-wide mobilization and non-violent protest to challenge dictatorship and corruption, does the killing of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden represent ultimate justice, or even an end to the “unfinished business” of 9/11?U.S. agents killed bin Laden in Pakistan, apparently... Read more

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How has military intervention in Libya shaped the Arab Spring?

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Topic: 
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
Programmes: 
War & Pacification
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TNI debate, 5 April 2011
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Article
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TNI Director, Fiona Dove: Good day and welcome to this debate. I have two TNI fellows with me today, Dr Kamil Mahdi and Phyllis Bennis -- both specialists on the Middle East, to discuss the Arab Spring, Libya and the bigger region. Perhaps we can start with the question: What is the difference between Libya and Iraq as regards the military intervention? Kamil Mahdi: Clearly the intervention is... Read more

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Egypt Now: Revolution and Counter-Revolution

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Speaker(s)

Amy Holmes**

Date: Thursday, 21 April 2011
Time: 17h30 - 19h30

Direct from Cairo, Dr Holmes will talk about the internal and external dynamics that led to the collapse of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, as well as the current period characterized by military rule. While the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has stated its intention to lead the country in the transition to democracy, the outcome of this transition is anything but clear. After assuming power on February 11, the SCAF has adopted a heavy-handed approach: Military tribunals of civilians have become commonplace. On March 23 a law was passed that outlawed demonstrations and labor strikes.The military has also been accused of torturing demonstrators and forcibly conducting virginity tests on detained women. Furthermore, there remains the possibility of a putsch, as a group called “Officers for the Revolution” are openly mobilizing against Field Marshall Tantawi, the Head of the SCAF. While it has become commonplace to refer to the "Egyptian Revolution" - it is not at all clear that what has happened in Egypt can be considered as such, especially as counter-revolutionary forces are currently gaining momentum.

** Dr. Holmes has lived in Egypt for three years and was in Cairo throughout the uprising. She is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo and a documentary filmmaker.

This event is being organised by the Transnational Institute. Light refreshments will be served. To confirm your participation please e-mail Brid Brennan: bridbrennan [at] tni.org For further information telephone: 020-662.6698

How to reach TNI: Take Bus 22 from in front of Central Station – Get off at Nassauplein-cross the street at the Traffic lights – this brings you to de Wittenstraat.

For Media enquiries: Please contact TNI Office, at emailtni [at] tni.org, or telephone 020-6626608

Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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Topic: 
Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
Military Bases
Democratisation
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
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War & Pacification

Another missed opportunity

English
Topic: 
Trade
Just Solutions
Trade
Just Solutions
Programmes: 
War & Pacification
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Obama in Latin America
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Article
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s most audacious phrase during his trip to Latin America that ended this week was "We are all Americans. Todos somos Americanos." The phrase seemed designed to provoke rants from the right wing in the United States. But in fact, the right wing and the mainstream media largely overlooked Obama's tour.... Read more

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Libia y el debate sobre zona de exclusión aérea

Spanish
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Conflicto en Oriente Medio
Primavera árabe
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Guerra y Pacificación
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Article
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UN resolution goes far beyond no-fly zone

Topic: 
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
English
Programmes: 
War & Pacification
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Article
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Libya’s opposition movement faces a ruthless military assault. They have already paid a far higher price in lost and broken lives than activists in any of the other democratic uprisings shaping this year’s Arab Spring. They are desperate. So it is not surprising that they have urged, demanded, pleaded for international support from the powerful countries and institutions most able to provide... Read more

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Video: Bennis on the Libya no-fly zone debate

Topic: 
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Arab Spring
Middle East Conflict
Democratisation
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
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War & Pacification
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