In International Manifesto Group

This panel critically analyzes the destructive legacy of NATO in the context of recent escalations in its decades long conflict with Russia.

This webinar was hosted by the International Manifesto Group and took place on Sunday, 17 April 2022 . You can watch it on YouTube.

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NATO’s dangerous war against Russia has raised questions about its validity with calls for its abolition and arguments that it should have been dissolved after the end of the Cold War emerging from many quarters. Yet, NATO is poised not only to expand further, but also develop a world wide reach in conjunction a ‘Pacific NATO’ including AUKUS, the Quad etc. This panel will take a close look at NATO, its raison d’etre, its expansion post-1991, its role in relation to Russia, its role in relation to Latin America and Africa, its role as an enforcer of neoliberalism.


Carlos Ron Venezuela’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America and President of the Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Among Peoples. You can watch his presentation here.

Kate Hudson is General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. She has held that post since September 2010, having previously been Chair of the campaign since 2003. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally. She is also author of ‘CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement’. You can watch her presentation here.

Jenny Clegg is an independent writer and researcher; former Senior Lecturer in International Studies and long-time China specialist; author of China’s Global Strategy: towards a Multipolar World (2009); activist in peace and anti-war movement in Britain. You can watch her presentaton here.

Chris Matlhako is the Full-time 2nd Deputy General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), the General-Secretary of the Friends of Cuba Society and a member of the South African Peace Initiative. You can watch his presentation here.

Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire. Azikiwe is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Economy along with Organizational and Administrative Studies. Azikiwe has worked for several decades in solidarity with various liberation movements and progressive governments in Africa, the Caribbean and other geo-political regions. The author also serves as a political analyst for various satellite television networks and other press agencies internationally. You can watch his presentation here.

Professor Li Qingsi has been teaching at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China. He became a lecturer in 1993, an associate professor in 2002, and a professor in 2009. From the end of 1994 to 1995, he went to the University of Kent for advanced studies in the United Kingdom. From May 1998 to June 1999, he gave lectures at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Denver in the United States. From 2004 to 2005, he participated in the U.S. Congress as China with the Fulbright Project Fund. The first person in the research project worked for a year in the office of a US Congressman. During this period, in September 2004, he was invited to participate in all the activities of the China Observation Mission in the Washington area of the U.S. election delegation and gained a deeper understanding and understanding of the U.S. election system. You can watch his presentation here.

Moderator: Radhika Desai is a Professor at the Department of Political Studies, and Director, Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. She is the author of Geopolitical Economy: After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire (2013), Slouching Towards Ayodhya: From Congress to Hindutva in Indian Politics (2nd rev ed, 2004) and Intellectuals and Socialism: ‘Social Democrats’ and the Labour Party (1994), a New Statesman and Society Book of the Month, and editor or co-editor of Russia, Ukraine and Contemporary Imperialism, a special issue of International Critical Thought (2016), Theoretical Engagements in Geopolitical Economy (2015), Analytical Gains from Geopolitical Economy (2015), Revitalizing Marxist Theory for Today’s Capitalism (2010) and Developmental and Cultural Nationalisms (2009). You can watch here presentation here.

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