Part 2/2 of my interview with Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad where we discuss the legacy of colonialism and a range of more contemporary issues in the region.
In these following two episodes former Indian Ambassador to the Gulf, Talmiz Ahmad, provides a riveting tour-de-force on issues of concern in the region. This first episode engages with topics such as the roots of various forms of Political Islam and the background to ongoing turbulence in the region.
Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. Early in his career, he was posted in a number of West Asian countries such as Kuwait, Iraq and Yemen and later, between 1987-90, he was Consul General in Jeddah. He also held positions in the Indian missions in New York, London and Pretoria. He was Joint Secretary for Gulf and Hajj in 1998-2000.
He served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia twice (2000-03; 2010-11); Oman (2003-04), and the UAE (2007-10). He was also Additional Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2004-06, and Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi, in 2006-07. In July 2011, the Saudi Government conferred on him the King Abdul Aziz Medal First Class for his contribution to the promotion of Indo – Saudi relations.
After retirement from foreign service in 2011, he worked in the corporate sector in Dubai for four years. He is now a full-time academic and holds the Ram Sathe Chair in International Studies, Symbiosis International University, Pune.
He has published three books: Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates (2005), Children of Abraham at War: The Clash of Messianic Militarisms (2010) and The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions after the Arab Spring (2013). He writes regularly in the Indian and West Asian media and lectures on political Islam, the politics of West Asia and the Indian Ocean, and energy security issues.
"We're back" says Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau. But what does this mean in the age of Donald Trump, Brexit and unprecedented strain on the global liberal order? To discuss these questions and more, I'm joined by Dr. Shaun Narine, Associate Professor and Chair of Politics at Saint Thomas University in New Brunswick.
Dr. Narine has written extensively on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other institutional arrangements in the Asia Pacific. He has also written on Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East, humanitarian intervention and normative change in the international system. Dr. Narine has published one book (Explaining ASEAN -2002) and is currently work on two other books, as well as numerous articles related to shifting balances of power in the global community. His academic interests include the politics and history of the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Canadian foreign policy.
Today's guest is Ibrahim Shikaki, an Economics PhD Student at the New School for Social Research in New York and policy member at Al Shabaka. He was previously lead economic researcher for Diakonia’s International Humanitarian Law Research Center and instructor of economics at the universities of Birzeit and Al Quds. He also worked as a research associate at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS). His recent writings include work on UNCTAD’s The Palestinian economy in East Jerusalem: Enduring annexation, isolation and disintegration; “Between Marshall and Kerry: economic plans with political engines” in Al Hadaf Magazine; and development as a tool for resistance with Alaa Tartir in Bisan Research Center’s “Critical studies of development in Palestine.”
He promotes a “Muslim Ban”, thinks Mexicans are rapists (though some - he assumes - are “good people”) and retweets a fascist group... and now Trump's Jerusalem debacle. What’s behind Donald Trump’s latest diabolical act? UOttawa’s Dr Emily Regan-Wills helps us break down if the Jerusalem announcement is ‘Trump-Stupid’, ‘normal republican’, ‘evil’ or accidentally good.
A week after Trump's dramatic announcement, the international community has roundly rejected any change in Jerusalem's status as contrary to International law, international norms and unhelpful for the 'peace process'. But what is the link between these broad, and often nebulous, concepts and real life in the city at the centre of this crisis. To answer these questions we speak to Dr. Nadia Abu-Zahra, Associate Professor in International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.
On 5th December, US President Donald Trump declared his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. To try and get a handle on what this means, we talk to Dr Fadi Elhusseini, a Political and Media Advisor and he is an advisory board member of the New Arab Foundation. He is a senior fellow at the Centre on Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
Interview with Simon Palamar Ph.D (Carleton University). At CIGI Simon manages the Constructive Powers Initiative, an informal, track 1.5, consultative body that brings together foreign policy planners and academic experts from a dozen countries to discuss sensitive, new, and emerging global security issues in a frank and open fashion.
Part 2 of my discussion with Jeff Halper. I began by asking him about the similarities between Israel and Canada as settler colonial states.
Part 1 of an interview with Jeff Halper an author, lecturer, and Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). We discuss his ideas, activism and new book, "War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification" (Pluto Press, 2015)
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In this episode we discuss the ongoing occupation and colonization of Palestine by Israeli forces with Dr. Toufic Haddad, author of Palestine Ltd. Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory.
Image of Kobane, Syria, October 2014
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In this episode we talk to Jacqueline Lopour, a Research Associate in Global Security & Politics at the Centre for International Governance Innovation with 10 years experience as a CIA analyst and Dr. Jamie Allinson, a lecturer at University of Edinburgh, who recently wrote an article on the background to ISIS called ‘Disaster Islamism’ in Salvage Magazine.
EPISODE 1 JUST DROPPED!! Listen now to Globalisation Cafe!
What are Human Rights? Who gets to define them? How do Human Rights work in the 21st Century? Dr. Philip Leech-Ngo explores these issues in a riveting interview with John Packer, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa.
Brand New Podcast to Debut This Spring
Ottawa University today announced the launch of “Globalization Café”, a podcast about the global issues that affect our everyday lives, marking a new platform for political junkies and newbies to engage with research, international affairs and politics. The weekly show is hosted by Globalization Café founder and Ottawa University’s Gordon F. Henderson Post-doctoral fellow, Philip Leech-Ngo and features in-depth interviews, news and expert commentary. Launching on March 20, the show will be available on soundcloud and itunes.
Each episode will be approximately 30 minutes and will feature conversations with some of the most interesting people in the political world; expert commentary on current affairs; and other stories that are relevant to the global issues affecting Canadians.
“The show will engage listeners with current affairs and the latest research, making academia and politics accessible, fun and relevant,” said Leech-Ngo.
Special guest of the first episode of “Globalization Café” includes Prof. John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Center. Episode two will be on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Future episodes will feature discussions on the nature of State Surveillance, ‘Trump’s world’, Environment and Climate Change, among others.