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American Power and its Illusions: the view from down there

Tuesday 6 May, 6.30pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Western empire builders have always looked to the Middle East as the crowning prize without which an empire would not be complete. For many, the Middle East had also become the burial grounds of their dreams. Until recently, the US has avoided the temptations and pitfalls of full engagement in this area. However, the illusions created by the Gulf war 'victory' have been sucking America deeper into the destructive feuds of that region.

Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi, University of Westminster, will be speaking on American Power and Its Illusions on Tuesday 6 May at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dr Abdelwahab El-Affendi is a senior research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, and co-ordinator of the Centre's Project on Democracy in the Muslim World. He is a member of the Consultative Council of the Arab Human Rights Organisation in the UK and a trustee of the International Forum for Islamic Dialogue and the Ibn-Rushd Research Centre. His publications include Understanding Democratic Politics and Rethinking Islam and Modernity.

Professor David Held, LSE, will chair this lecture, which is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press ticket, contact Jessica Winterstein on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 


This event is part of the Miliband Lectures on American Power in the 21st Century series. Previous speakers have included Professor Joseph Nye, Robert Cooper, Robert Kagan and Professor Michael Cox.

For more information on the Miliband Lecture series, please see the Ralph Miliband Programme| webpage.

24 April 2003