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Hot & Cold Wars: Militarism & the Pandemic

May 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

9 am EST, 3 pm Europe, 6:30 pm in New Delhi

Join us for a new edition of the international webinar series sponsored by Global Dialogue for Systemic Alternatives, a special discussion of Hot & Cold Wars: Militarism & the Pandemic.

Phyllis Bennis, director of IPS’s New Internationalism Project and a Fellow of the Transnational Institute, will facilitate the discussion. Phyllis will discuss the ways in which militarism and current US-led wars shape and are shaped by so much of the economic, political, climate, and social inequalities of the world, and how militarism intersects with the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Sukumar Muralidharan, a New Delhi-based journalist, will provide a panoramic overview of the current wars — the Global War on Terror, where wars and conflicts are raging, and how they’re impacted by the pandemic. Sukumar has been a journalist and journalism instructor for over three decades and now teaches at the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication. As a programme manager for the International Federation of Journalists, he has carried out campaign and advocacy work, and training programmes for journalists over much of the South Asian region, and speaks widely on challenges to the media in the current global security scenario. He is the author most recently, of Freedom, Civility, Commerce: Contemporary Media and the Public.
  • Khury Petersen-Smith, the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at IPS, will discuss the militarization of borders, encouraged and enabled by the U.S. and Israel but underway across the globe. Khury researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration at IPS, and works on opposing wars and supporting Palestinian rights. Khury graduated from the Clark University Graduate School of Geography in Massachusetts, after completing a dissertation that focused on militarization and sovereignty. He is one of the co-authors and organizers of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars.
  • Tobita Chow, Director of Justice Is Global, will examine the threat of a new Cold — or potentially even hot — War between the U.S. and China, and how the U.S. is stoking anti-Asian racist violence across the country. Justice is Global is a special project of People’s Action in the U.S., working to create a more just and sustainable global economy and defeat right-wing nationalism. He is organizing a progressive internationalist alternative to the growing tensions between the US and China

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May 21, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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