Drawing on the political situation in Iran, Libya and Palestine, this event discusses the forms of imperialist assaults—including, but not reduced to, military interventions, gunboat diplomacy, financial instruments—that have determined the progressive integration of the South into the US-led imperialist system. In doing so, we not only aim to analyze the emerging contradictions within the socio-political formations of South, but also ponder on how these transformations can help us diagnose and resist the status of US-led imperialism globally.
Join us on April 8 at 4:30 PM ET for this hybrid discussion.
Matteo Capasso is Marie Curie Global Fellow between Columbia University and University of Venice, Italy. He is the author of Everyday Politics in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (2023, Syracuse UP) that reconstructs the last two decades of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, leading up to the NATO regime change operation in 2011. His current research focuses on the study of dialectical relationship betweem US-led imperialism and warfare. He is a rapporteour of the International People’s Tribunal on US Imperialism.
Nina Farnia is a legal historian and scholar of Critical Race Theory. Her scholarship examines the role of modern U.S. imperialism in shaping domestic areas of law, with a particular focus on civil, political, and social rights. Before entering academia, she was a youth organizer in Chicago. She is a longtime activist, member of the National Lawyers Guild, and a founder and co-chair of the International Tribunal on US Imperialism: Sanctions, Blockades, and Economic Coercive Measures.
Bikrum Gill is a scholar of International Political Economy. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech, where he is also core faculty in the ASPECT doctoral program. His research is generally centered on the global intersections of political economy, race, and ecology, and he explores these themes more specifically as they bear upon issues of agriculture and development, the climate crisis, and decolonization. He has long been involved in anti-war and anti-imperialist campaigns, and has most recently joined the International People’s Tribunal on US imperialism as a special rapporteur.
Essam Abdelrasul Bubaker Elkorghli is a Libyan doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught high school economics and psychology in Minnesota. His current research examines how Libya’s 2011 destruction resulted in foreign actors (EU, CIA, NED, Turkish cultural associations, etc.) influencing various institutions in the country, particularly the ideological impact these imperial interests have on the Libyan society. He is also a labor organizer with the graduate workers’ union at the University of Illinois.
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