Panel Discussion: Flash Points of South Asia: A Panel Discussion with Faisal Devji, Biju Mathew, & Mary Anne Weaver

Tue, December 2, 2008 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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"If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will." - President-elect Barack Hussein Obama


South Asia is critical to contemporary western strategic and military planning. Geographically, it is at a crossroads that overlooks the rich oil resources of the Persian Gulf and Caucasus. It is a stage for the ascending powers India and China, and home to well over one-third the world’s population. In this decade, neo-conservatives in the Bush administration have tried to dominate the region militarily and politically, often with brutal results. Despite a change in tone, the hawkish tendencies of some in the incoming Obama administration make it likely that US policy will continue on a similar path.

Our panelists will consider the history of American involvement in
South Asia over the last few decades, and the effect this involvement has had on the domestic political landscape and civil societies of the region. Through discussion, they will attempt to outline the possibilities of alternative scenarios to ongoing warfare.


Faisal Devji is Associate Professor of History at the New School University. He has held faculty positions at Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in Intellectual History. He is the author of Landscapes of the Jihad (Cornell University Press, 2005), and the forthcoming The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (Columbia University Press)

Mary Anne Weaver was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New Yorker. Currently she is Writer in Residence at CUNY, and is the author of A Portrait of Egypt: A Journey Through the World of Militant Islam (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), Pakistan: In the Shadow of Jihad and Afghanistan (FSG, 2003) and was an Alicia Patterson Fellow for 2001.

Biju Mathew has worked with various social movements in South Asia over the last 20 years. He is co-founder of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and his latest book is Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City (Cornell University Press, 2008, 2nd ed.). He also works on software labor markets and Hindu nationalism in the diaspora, and has published in several academic journals. He is a board member at the Brecht Forum, co-host of a weekly radio show on WBAI, and co-founder of “Campaign to Stop Funding Hate” and “Forum of Inquilabi Leftists." He is also an Associate Professor of Business at Rider University, New Jersey.

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