In the aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq, and amidst public argument on both sides of the Atlantic that shows no sign of abating, Professor Fred Halliday, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), will speak on the Middle East After Saddam Hussein, on Thursday 6 May at LSE.
Professor Halliday will examine the central issues underlying the Iraq war and its consequences, and the role of academic specialists in relation to these events.
His lecture will deal, in particular, with four questions:
the Ba'th regime in Iraq, 1968-2003, the calculations of its former president, and the legacy of those years
the contrast of official justifications and underlying causes of the US-led invasion
the responses of regional powers to the new Iraqi situation
and the western response and the role of universities and area specialists in regard to such events, and the public debate they occasion.
He will argue that, whatever past disagreements, the wish of most Iraqis today is for a continued, responsible and attentive, western engagement with the consolidation of a new political and economic order in their country. Given the discreditable record of all major western states, and of not a few academics and policy specialists, over the past decades in support of the Ba'thist dictatorship in Iraq, this should be a political, and intellectual, obligation.
Fred Halliday is a professor of international relations at LSE. He has written eight books on the Middle East, including the forthcoming Politics, Power and International Relations in the Middle East. He is a former convener of the Department of International Relations at LSE and a member of the Advisory Council of the Labour Party's Foreign Policy Centre.
The Middle East After Saddam Hussein is on Thursday 6 May at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all but a ticket is required.
Members of the public: To request a ticket, please fill in the online booking form here or call 020 7955 6100.
Members of the press: To request a press ticket, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk
27 April 2004