Where Are The Public Intellectuals in International Relations?

March 22, 2016

Here is a slightly edited version of my initial talk at the ISA roundtable “Where Are The Public Intellectuals In International Relations?” that took place on Thursday 17 March 2016 in Atlanta, US. Professor James H. Mittelman (a strong defender of academic and intellectual freedom) from the American University had convened the panel. Other participants included professors Ahmed I. Samatar (a writer and candidate in Somalia’s 2012 presidential elections) from the Macalester College and Cynthia Weber (a film maker and queer theorist) from the University of Sussex. It is a shame that our discussions were not taped, as the dynamics of the roundtable worked exceptionally well.

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On the Constitution of Corporate Power: What Is to Be Done?

February 25, 2016

This is a polished version of my talk at the Plan B conference in Madrid on Saturday 20 February 2016 (theme section “Alternatives to the regime of trade and inversion”; workshop 1: “How to regulate transnational corporations, put an end to fraud, tax havens, and the power of lobbies?”). The workshop can be seen at Youtube; while my talk is in English, the workshop is mostly in Spanish.

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Preparing for Plan B in Paris

January 29, 2016

Terrorist attacks postponed the European Left’s “Plan B” summit from November to January. The meeting during the weekend of 23-24 January 2016 attracted more than 300 participants and a large number of media people. [This is a translation of my report from Paris and analysis of the options of the Left in our historical conjuncture, published in the weekly People’s News 4/2016].

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Beyond Plan B and C: On the use of citizens’ initiative and referenda

January 22, 2016

After Syriza’s surrender in July 2015, the European left has been struck by an aporia. It is now widely believed, on the one hand, that the EU is undemocratic and non-reformable; and on the other hand, that the plan B, a withdrawal from the euro or the EU, would boost disintegration into nationalist and possibly hostile states. Is the Left, therefore, doomed to merely criticizing the latest austerity measures and attempts at narrowing down democracy, without being able to shape overall developments?

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