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 Empire & its Futures: a series of 3 lectures by Tariq Ali 
 Tariq Ali
 Barry Murphy  
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Tariq Ali explores the contemporary landscape of Islam, focusing on the Middle East, analysing the challenges for Western governments that have supported the regimes now being overthrown by internal rebellions.
Radio New Zealand - Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa
The University of Auckland
Sir Douglas Robb Lectures 2011
17 March 2011 to 23 March 2011

Empire and its futures. A series of three lectures by Tariq Ali.
In a changing world with American military power transcending US economic weaknesses, the amazing rise of China and the continuing occupations in the Arab world and South Asia, what are the likely outcomes? Is it the case, as many argue, that the US empire is now in irretrievable decline? Will China flex its military muscles one day?

London-based and published on every continent, Tariq Ali has been a leading figure of the international left since the 1960s. He is an editor of New Left Review and has written more than 20 books on world history and politics as well as seven novels. Born in Pakistan he attended Oxford University where he became involved in student politics and the movement against the Vietnam war. He is a critic of neoliberal economics and his book The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity was a response to 9/11. His latest book is The Obama Syndrome: War Abroad.

Lecture 1: Thursday 17 March
Islam and its discontents.
As US-backed dictators crumble and fall in the Middle East, heralding a new Arab reawakening, what is the likely impact of all this on the region and elsewhere? And how will these changes affect the jihadi groups that have been active in the region? The Saudi Kingdom is the refuge not just for retired dictators but is also the area that has provided al-Qaeda with most of its early recruits. Arab democracy will become effective only if it deals with the economic problems that confront most of its citizens. Political solutions are no longer enough.

Contact info: For further information phone (09) 373 7599 ext 87467.


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