December 14, 2021
14 December 2021 - 8:00 - 8:45 (EDT) / 13:00 – 13:45 (GMT)
The US and its allies’ response to 9/11 has spurred two decades of military-led counter-terrorism policy. This milestone year witnessed a multitude of discussions focussed on Western policy, motivations and interests - but it’s the voices and needs of those living through its very real consequences that should take precedence.
Driving these conflicts has been the idea that military responses are needed to address the chaos of what have been deemed by Western powers as ‘fragile states’ and ‘ungoverned’ spaces. This assumption has been used to overrule the rights and desires of millions of civilians across the world, left to bear the cost of flawed interventions and pick up the pieces left in their wake.
Far from ‘ungoverned’, civilians in conflict have stepped up and built security where none was provided; created stability and prosperity where no one thought to look; and demanded accountability for the future when no one else would.
Join us to hear from inspiring individuals working to take the future into their community’s hands, putting forward local visions for peace and security, and pushing back against the weight of 9/11’s legacy in their homes.
H.E. Shaharzad Akbar | Chairperson for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (https://www.aihrc.org.af/home/members)
Baraa Shiban | Middle East and North Africa Caseworker, Reprieve (https://www.e-ir.info/author/baraa-shiban-and-camilla-molyneux/)
Hamsatu Allamin | Founder & Executive Director, Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, Maiduguri, Nigeria