I’ve really enjoyed the debates/talks I’ve attended hosted by Intelligence Squared, a series of events to which i’ve just been introduced. Tonight I heard David Milliband among others talk about The World Since 9/11. Philip Mudd, ex CIA and FBI, claims Al Queda is dying as too many innocents among their own people have been killed causing the revolutionary spark to die out. Hope this is true. He’s no longer employed by the US government, but by Oxford Analytica, so there is a chance this isn’t just rhetoric….
The autumn Intelligence Squared schedule has been announced. Of these I’ll probably get tickets to Jimmy Carter in Conversation with Jon Snow.
According to Intelligence Squared site:
Jimmy Carter is a Nobel Prize winner, author, humanitarian, professor, farmer, naval officer and carpenter. In this special Intelligence² interview with Jon Snow from Channel 4 News at the Royal Festival Hall, President Carter will talk about his career as president, and the past three decades as a senior statesman and ambassador for the Carter Center.
Jimmy Carter was U.S. President from 1977 to 1981. His administration’s main foreign policy achievements include the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. After stepping down, he decided to establish the Carter Center along with his wife Rosalynn in 1982 to wage peace, fight disease and build hope worldwide. He was a pioneer in what has now become the widespread practice of putting prestige and status to good use in the world. The Center’s programmes have operated in 76 countries to resolve conflicts, advance democracy, human rights and economic opportunity, prevent disease, improve mental health care and teach farmers to increase crop production.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from President Carter as he relates some of his stories from a truly remarkable and well-lived life and shares his views of global politics today.
Another interesting one is: Britain’s former colonies should stop blaming the Empire for their ills. Debate: November 17th, 2011