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International Relations and Militarism Today
Mon February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
By any measure the pain and suffering caused by 21st century imperialism is staggering. Millions of people, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia, have died or been displaced by the war on terrorism initiated in 2001. These figures include the untold thousands who have died directly from war and violence in Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, and elsewhere in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa and indirectly through “hybrid “wars against such countries as Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba.
Concomitant to war and violence, the 2022 US military budget endorsed by both political parties will exceed $778 billion.
What is the history of US militarism, what Andrew Bacevich calls “the permanent war economy”?
What are connections between the military/industrial complex and the global needs of capitalism?
What are the current sources of international tensions and possible war today?
What is behind US policy towards countries including China, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, Venezuela, and Cuba?
How should the peace movement respond to militarism and imperialism today?
Harry Targ, Purdue Professor of Political Science, Emeritus will initiate discussion of these critical and complicated issues. Targ, a long time activist, is current a Co-Chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism CCDS, a member of the Wisconsin Peace Action steering committee, and blogs at www.heartlandradical.blogspot.com