The Alternative Security Conference seeks to do everything that the Munich Security Conference does not: Give an analysis of international hegemony (forwarded by multinational corporations and governments which act in their interests) spearheaded by the United States and its allies in the Western world and elsewhere and offer a different kind of hegemonic and security framework where people's interests and not those of corporations and states are prime.
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We assume that the defence/security industry is actually producing more insecurity and that profit generation plays a main role in this trend. During this session we will try to answer the following questions: What are the threats that justify a security industry? How is unjustified fear produced? And how can we disrupt that problematic production of fear?
Speakers: Stephen Semler (Co-founder of the Security Policy Reform Institute), Shana Marshall (Researcher at the Institute for Middle East Studies (George Washington University and the author of “Middle East Armies and the Global Military-Industrial Complex”) and Mark Akkerman (Researcher at “Stop Wapenhandel” and the “Transnational Institute”)
Moderator: Mohammad Khair Nahhas, DiEM25 Task Force for the AlternativeSecurity Conference
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/UMv0WmNaD58
A discussion on the global ecological crisis, its perception in the West, its reality and what we can do about it.
Speakers: Martin Lukacs (Canadian journalist for the Guardian and The Breach and the author of “The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Age of Discontent”), Ridhima Pandey (Indian climate activist, one amongst 16 children to file a complaint with the UN in 2019 for violations of its Convention on the Rights of the Child due to the climate crisis).
Moderator: Tom Stopford, DiEM25 Task Force for the Alternative Security Conference
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/5Hck7Zeg_LU
A workshop on how the threat of cyber-war can be mitigated and ended in the future and how such efforts should be grounded in international law.
Speakers: Allison Pytlak (Disarmament Programme Manager of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom), James Shires (Cybersecurity scholar and Assistant Professor at the University of Leiden) and Evelyne Tauchnitz (Senior Researcher at the ‘Lucerne Graduate School in Ethics’, specialisation on digital technologies, peace and conflict transformation).
Moderator: Amir Kiyaei, Task Force for the Alternative Security Conference
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/SlXgXNEfCoE
How the arms-race has been reinstigated and how this development can be averted.
Speakers: William Robinson (Professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Author of “The Global Police State” and “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity”)
Moderator: Igor Mijatović, Task Force for the Alternative Security Conference
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/x8__V8HSNVY
"Woke Imperialism“ explores the fairly recently adopted language of the Western foreign policy establishment post-Trump, and attempts to link this phenomenon to previous deployments of empire-justifying logic and rhetoric throughout history. During this session, we will discuss how the Western military, surveillance and financial establishments continue to extrapolate different formerly countercultural trends borrowed from identity politics, in order to airbrush a progressive aura onto their projects of 21st century global dominance.
Speakers: Aaron Maté (Freelance Journalist for The Nation, The Grayzone and Democracy Now!), Katie Halper, American comedian, writer, filmmaker, podcaster, and political commentator. Katie is the host of the podcast “The Katie Halper Show” and co-hosts the “Useful Idiots” podcast alongside Matt Taibbi, and Rania Khalek, journalist at Breakthrough News, producer and host at Soapbox, and co-host of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast alongside Kevin Gosztola. Previously an associate editor at “The Electronic Intifada”, Rania has written for a number of publications including The Intercept, Al Jazeera, Truthout, and The Grayzone.
Moderator: Arturo Desimone, DiEM25 Task Force for the Alternative Security Conference
Livestream link: https://youtu.be/HC2f4GuY5iU
What is meant by security when we read about it in the mainstream press? What do our leaders mean when they speak of our security? Is it the security of us citizens, as they claim? Or is it another kind of security that they allege to protect?
Speakers: Francesco Strazzari (Professor of international relations at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (Pisa), security policies, political violence and extra-legal governance, and founder of the collective blog "Security Praxis")"
Moderator: Mohammad Khair Nahhas, DiEM25 Task Force for the Alternative Security Conference
NB: Prof. Strazzari's contribution was recorded as the Conference program was still being finalised. He wishes to note that he should not be associated with the speakers present at other sessions of this conference.
The Alternative Security Conference can be followed over a live-stream on YouTube, via DiEM25’s official YouTube channel.
The views and opinions expressed in the conference are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect DiEM25’s official policies or positions.
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