The 9/11 Decade: The Great Interruption

David Hayes, editor, '9/11, Ten Years On: Reflections, openDemocracy, 7 September 2011 - my contribution: The great interruption The terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 had a huge impact on world politics in the following decade, but they did not mark a fundamental change like the 1989-91 upheavals or 2011’s extraordinary… Continue reading The 9/11 Decade: The Great Interruption

The Killing of Bin Laden: Revenge but not Justice

With the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama has achieved a much-needed conclusion to nearly ten years' efforts to bring the mastermind of 9/11 to heel. Obama claimed to bring bin Laden 'to justice'. But he managed this only in the sense that George Bush evoked in 2001, when he said that bin Laden… Continue reading The Killing of Bin Laden: Revenge but not Justice

The USA’s dangerous allies

draft of new contribution to openDemocracy Many on the left think of the United States as a dangerous force in world politics, a view encouraged by the aggressive interventionism of the Bush administration. Yet the juggernaut of US military power usually moves slowly, and after the disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan, probably with some caution.… Continue reading The USA’s dangerous allies