Lecture 'No Go World: How Fear Is Redrawing Our Maps and Infecting Our Politics'

For whom
Students, Employees, Alumni
When
27-02-2020 from 19:30 to 21:30
Where
Film-Plateau, Paddenhoek 3, 9000 Gent
Language
English
Organizer
Department of Conflict and Development Studies in collaboration with CESSMIR
Contact
marlies.casier@ugent.be
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Ruben Andersson (Oxford University) will in this talk argue that international security interventions in global crisis zones need an urgent rethink.

Drawing on his new book, No Go World, Ruben Andersson will in this talk argue that international security interventions in global crisis zones need an urgent rethink.

Since the onset of the war on terror, we have seen the spread of ever-larger 'no-go zones' across the world map, seen as constituting a danger especially to Western states and citizens. One such zone is the conflict-hit West African Sahel, now in the crosshairs of various European counterterror and migration control operations. Visiting the bunkered-up field offices of the United Nations and border security operatives working remotely on the Sahel, the talk will show how a short-sighted political focus on containing distant dangers has led to more dangers for us all, creating a negative spiral from which it is becoming increasingly hard to extricate ourselves.

The talk will be followed by a panel with peace activists Ludo De Brabander (vzw Vrede) and Mark Akkerman (Stop Wapenhandel).