Interview with Dr Binoy Kampmark: “The re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu was achieved on the brute politics of fear”

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Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you analyze the rapprochement between the United States and Iran, with an agreement on the Iranian nuclear?

The rapprochement between the US and Iran is merely that, with the reins on Iran being firmly held by means of threatened ongoing sanctions were Iran to go slow on its agreement. While it has been remarkable to get US and Iranian diplomats at the same table openly, a more hawkish Republic administration, assuming the Democrats do not win in 2016, could see a reversal of any gains.  This is evident by such things as ‘Cotton Letter’ signed by 47 Republican members of Congress.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark :Do you think that the airstrikes of the coalition led by the United States had an impact on the terrorist group ISIS?

The airstrikes on ISIS can only ever be of limited utility.  They need coordination with ground forces.  The US, and its allies, have committed troops, but these are not fully deployed against ISIS, given various domestic concerns that this looks awfully like a repeat of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.  There is also an unevenness of success – more, seemingly, in Iraq, but less in Syria.

What do you think of the re-election of Benyamin Netanyahu?

The re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu was achieved on the brute politics of fear, one that demonised Arab Israelis, slandered the left, progressive side of politics with suggestions that they were internationalist collaborators who would march to the tune of different capitals rather than Israel’s interests (In other words, a freeze on construction in East Jerusalem and the West Bank). He is a ruthless political adversary who has changed his stance on recognising the Palestinian State overnight – from the announcement just before the polls that he would not recognise a Palestinian state, to a qualification after the election that he will do so, on conditions.  He has also proven intransigent on Iran, and remains a dangerous adversary in the Middle East for refusing to even accept the Iran nuclear deal.

Can you tell us what concern your research works at the University of Melbourne?

My research centres on the links between security and international law, with an emphasis on the institution of war and diplomacy.

Interview realized by Mohsen Abdelmoumen

Who is Dr. Binoy Kampmark?

Dr. Binoy Kampmark is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University (Melbourne), where he lectures in law and politics. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, and is contributing editor to CounterPunch. DR. Kampmark holds a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Masters degree in history and honours degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Queensland. His research and teachings lie in the intersection of law, international relations and history. Currently Dr. Kampmark is finishing a manuscript for publication on the evolution of the rogue state in American political debate. He is also engaged in a project on the origins of neoconservatism in the United States, notably in attitudes to international institutions and law. Dr. Binoy Kampmark appeared in Wikileaks Party, as Julian Assange’s primary running mate in the Federal Senate election for Victoria.

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