Empire – From Iraq to Mali: The Changing Calculus of War


It has been 10 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, which marked a turning point in the West’s so-called war on terror. The pretext of the Iraq war was security and freedom, but the bombastic and openly pronounced objective was no less than remaking the greater Middle East region. For the US, Iraq became a quagmire and a humiliation – a strategic and moral failure that the country has spent the last four years trying to forget. As Africa now becomes the new front line in the ‘war on terror’, Empire asks: have the Europeans learned from America’s mistakes?

Guests: John Nagl: retired Lieutenant Colonel and co-author of US army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual; Jean Marie Guehenno: director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University and and former United Nations under secretary general for Peacekeeping Operations; Barbara Bodine: professor and former US Ambassador to the Republic of Yemen; and Christopher Hedges: Former New York Times Middle East bureau chief and author of “Empire of Illusion.”

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