Despite its grandiose design, the global War of Terror entailed both conceptual and operational errors that ultimately compromised, or even eradicated, its success. The present talk will interrogate the distinct problems with the counterterrorism ideas entailed in the American-led War on Terror. Covering the ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ of the War on Terror, it will show how the political and strategic choices made by the coalition ultimately led to a failure of the self-declared war. Arguing that the counterterrorism repertoire of the War on Terror was exceptionally narrow and, perhaps, ill-founded, it will proceed to investigate alternative non-militant forms of counterterrorism approaches, each predicated on distinct assumptions about the nature and causes of terror and each ushering in a different strategy for its defeat.
About the speaker
Naveed S. Sheikh is the Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal, Politics, Religion & Ideology, and Assistant Professor in International Relations at Keele University (United Kingdom), where he teaches Security Studies and Middle East Studies. He earned his degrees from the University of Buckingham (1995-1998) and the University of Durham (1997-98), and did his doctoral work at the University of Cambridge (1999-2004). He has held research fellowships at Harvard University, Hosei University (Tokyo), and the University of Notre Dame, and has worked for the Danish government in research capacity. He has written broadly on the Muslim world–from Morocco to Malaysia– and authored two monographs on Islamicate politics, including the widely acknowledged The New Politics of Islam: Pan-Islamic Foreign Policy in a World of States (Routledge, 2003).
12:30 Registration and Lunch
Naveed S. Sheikh, Keele University (United Kingdom)
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