Friday, 30 September 2011

9/11 was not 9/11: Facilitating ‘Democracy Limited Inc’ in the West

Dr Dibyesh Anand, Security and IR Programme.

For those searching for conspiracy theories about the spectacular attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in September 2011, I’ll disappoint you. Please go and listen to the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad or search on google to satisfy your appetite. I have no interest in that.

Can We Trust Democracies?: September 11th, the War on Terror and “Humanitarian Intervention”

Dr Aidan Hehir, Security and International Relations Programme

‘It used to be said that facts speak for themselves. This is of course untrue.
The facts speak only when the historian calls on them; it is he who decides to which facts to give the floor, and in what order or context’. [1]
E.H. Carr

‘Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth’.[2]
Jean Baudrillard

“September 11th 2001” or “9/11”?

The magnitude of current events are rarely as obvious as was the case on September 11th 2001. Millions around the world watching as the World Trade Center collapsed immediately sensed that this was the terrible dawn of a new era. September 11th 2001, like all seminal dates in history, has come to denote far more than the terrorist attacks. The date itself has become popularly represented as “9/11”; this may seem like an innocuous abbreviation but while “September 11th 2001” is a date, “9/11” is arguably a symbol, and symbols are by definition designed to convey a message. As Richard Jackson

Public Debate: "Assessing the Impact of 9/11 Ten Years On".

The Security and International Relations Programme is launching is seminar series this year with a roundtable discussion on the impact of September 11th 2001. The roundtable will involve a number of members from the Department of Politics and International Relations and all are welcome to come along and take part in the questions and answers. Details below.
Hope to see you there,

6th October, 18:00, Fyvie Hall, Regent Street

"Assessing the Impact of 9/11 Ten Years On".

Roundtable Participants:

·         Dr Dibyesh Anand

·         Dr Ricardo Blaug

·         Professor David Chandler

·         Professor Roland Dannreuther

·         Dr Aidan Hehir

·         Dr Patricia Hogwood

·         Dr Thomas Moore