Wednesday 17th May 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Arts Centre
Tim Niblock:The foundations of the world order are changing rapidly. The principles which have supposedly underpinned international relations in recent decades are being radically challenged. Perhaps reality has always been different from the principles, but the principles provided an ethical framework whereby governments could be criticised and held to account: states should strive towards international cooperation and the peaceful resolution of disputes; economic integration (regionally and globally) would benefit all and make political conflict difficult; international law should be respected; stoking nationalism and racialism for political ends should be avoided; dispute-settlement required careful negotiation, with military threats/force used only as a last resort. The rise of “populism” (a mix of nationalism, racialism and elite-rejection) has thrown all of this into doubt. For growing numbers of people in the United States and Europe, these principles are seen as part of the problem not part of the solution - a means whereby communal and national interests are betrayed and subjected to alien interests. Where does that leave the struggle for world peace? Are we entering a new world of conflict, nationalism and war? What can we do about it?
Interested in coming to this talk? Please email Miriam Gosling. All welcome.