His Excellency Dr. Nikolaos van Dam: “It would have been preferable not to militarily intervene in Libya, because like in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, it has turned out to be a disaster”
His Excellency Dr. Nikolaos van Dam. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are a diplomat and you know very well the Middle East region where you have been Ambassador of the Netherlands in several countries. You have also been Special Envoy of the Netherlands for Syria. In your opinion, does the diplomatic and political solution still have a chance of succeeding in Syria after this bloody war?
His Excellency Dr. Nikolaos van Dam: Whether or not a political solution is still possible depends on the main parties to the conflict, both Syrian and foreign, involved directly or by proxy. The aims of the warring parties are so wide apart, however, that reaching a compromise seems to be extremely difficult, if not impossible, particularly because the opposing parties actually keep preferring to eliminate one another. This provides more fertile ground for a military “solution”, which in the end, however, will not turn out to be a durable “solution” but rather a reflection of the military balance of power. Lire la suite »
Alain Rodier. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are the author, among others, of “Grand angle sur le terrorisme” (Wide Angle on Terrorism) and “Grand angle sur la mafia” (Wide Angle on Mafia). In these two very relevant books, you analyze terrorism and mafias, which brings us back to the links between these two phenomena. One is talking more and more about hybrid terrorism related to serious criminality, what is your opinion on that?
Alain Rodier: The term « hybrid terrorism » emerged to highlight the links between terrorist movements and crime in general and organized in particular. A first phenomenon is well known: that of the petty criminals who enter into terrorism. Interest is then reciprocal. Different « losers » see it as a way of « fulfill oneself » by getting out of their criminal anonymity by espousing a cause that, in their vast majority, they do not know. What is amazing is that they are not only able to give their lives for this cause (like almost all active soldiers), but that their essential aim is martyrdom. Apart from Japanese suicide bombers, modern history knows no similar cases. The great question that is posed and which has not yet been answered satisfactorily is: why? Lire la suite »
Dr. Daniele Ganser. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Your work focuses essentially on the strategy of the masked war. Can you explain this concept?
Dr. Daniele Ganser: A secret war, a covert war is a war where the attacker does not admit that he is attacking the target country. In 1961 for instance the CIA made an invasion of Cuba and tried to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. It was a secret operation, and therefore at the United Nations the US ambassador lied and said: We have nothing to do with this. Lire la suite »
Michel Rogalski: « Today, it can be argued that the forms taken by globalization have become criminogenic »
Michel Rogalski. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your opinion, what are the real issues of rapprochement between Turkey and Russia?
Michel Rogalski: It is a temporary alliance that perhaps will not stand the test of time, even if a dimension of the alliance focuses on sustainable aspects, as the energy chapter that assumes a long industrial cooperation to succeed. The two countries need to get out of their relative isolation, so all pushes them for now to get closer. Determined from longtime, the Erdogan’s visit to Moscow was « boosted » by the coup attempt in Turkey and not much solidarity reaction of Western countries or of European Union and NATO. Lire la suite »
Dr. Michael Brenner: « America has not come to terms to what it did and the devils that it unleashed »
Dr. Michael Brenner. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you assess the last redeployment of NATO troops in Georgia during the summit of the NATO in Warsaw? Are we really gone out of the Cold War?
Dr. Michael Brenner: The cardinal feature of the strategic situation is the dedication of NATO, inspired and guided by the United States, to extend Western hegemony eastwards. That has been the goal of successive American administrations. During the Yeltsin years, it seemed that it could achieved without conflict and with minimal friction – as exemplified by NATO’s expansion. The stated intention of the Bush administration was to add Georgia and Ukraine. Lire la suite »
Harry Clark. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of recent leaks of Wikileaks which target some States and not others? Would there be a hidden political agenda behind these leaks? Harry Clark:
This charge has been made since Wikileaks became famous around 5 years ago, due to the Chelsea Manning leaks and the dubious pursuit of Julian Assange by Swedish authorities. Any selective leaking by Wikileaks to criticize the US or other governments simply mirrors the selective leaking of classified information by the US and other governments to advance their agendas. Lire la suite »
Eric Draitser. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You studied the Libyan chaos case, how do you envisage the exit of crisis in this country?
Eric Draitser: Unfortunately there is no real solution to the chaos in Libya in the near future. The NATO terrorist war on that country effectively destroyed all political, economic, and social institutions such that any future government would have to spend tremendous time and resources rebuilding the country from the ground up. Considering that the so called « government » in Libya is little more than a political symbol rather than an effective state leadership, it is unlikely that there can be any concerted, cohesive strategy to rebuild the country and its institutions. Lire la suite »