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Author Event: Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer

July 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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The US is back at war. A new version of what was once known as George W. Bush’s “global war on terror” has become the central component of American foreign policy. The US/NATO assault on Libya in 2011, thousands of troops on the ground in Iraq, plans to keep combat troops in Afghanistan, drone wars rising in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere—and now new air wars are underway against ISIS and others in Iraq, Syria and perhaps beyond.

In this newest addition to Interlink’s wide-ranging Understanding Global Issues series, Phyllis Bennis answers the basic questions facing so many people struggling to figure out what the US war is all about: What is ISIS? Why are they so violent? Should Obama have kept troops in Iraq? Is ISIS the same as al-Qaeda? Can you really go to war against terror? How should the US respond to ISIS? What dangers lie ahead?

Co-sponsored by Peace ActionTeaching for Change, and Jewish Voice for Peace – DC Metro ChapterBennis will discuss the book and answer questions posed by Busboys & Poets’ own Andy Shallal, with lots of time for audience Q&As too. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Without jargon, in her usual easy-to-use Frequently Asked Questions format, Bennis sorts through the hype to get to the root of this newest version of Washington’s continuing global war on terror.

With her customary lucidity and talent for judicious interpretation, Phyllis Bennis provides an authoritative introduction to all that is now known about ISIS. It is more than a ‘primer,’ offering an indispensable account of the complex turmoil afflicting the Middle East.

Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law & Practice at Princeton University, and former Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.


July 27, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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