Thinkers from across the globe and political spectrum to speak at the 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival

Thinkers from across the globe and political spectrum to speak at the 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival

Amartya Sen to deliver the Festival’s keynote speech.
– Sessions planned with former French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine, Obama’s former Afghanistan advisor Barnett Rubin and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Mark Marzzeti.

New Delhi, January 6 2014: The 2014 Jaipur Literature Festival is to host a series of sessions with speakers from across the globe who will debate and discuss current topical issues from America’s role in Afghanistan, the recent instability in the Middle East and the transformation of the CIA.

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Next year, Afghanistan faces a general election, Hamid Karzai will step down, and the international coalition will leave. What does the future hold, and how will it impact on India and Pakistan? Barnett Rubin, President Obama’s former advisor in Afghanistan will speak on the subject at JLF with Ben Anderson, Vali Nasr and William Dalrymple.

Also shining a spotlight on America’s foreign policy will be Mark Mazzeti, a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist who has written a riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and American special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of America’s new campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies, and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. He will present his findings and predictions on the future of the CIA at JLF.

Published in 1989, Francis Fukuyama’s End of History, prompted fierce intellectual debate about the role of the nation state in international politics. Next month at JLF, France’s former Foreign Minister, Hubert Védrine will retort that view in conversation with Shashi Tharoor, presenting his book, History Strikes Back: How States, Nations, and Conflicts Are Shaping the 21st Century.

On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera will tell a radical reevaluation of a moment in history which resonates today in the context of the Arab Spring. In a separate session, Samantha Weinberg and Michael Axworthy who have written about violent upheavals in Argentina, the Comoros and Iran will speak with Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and compare notes on what happens when a government is overturned by force.

In a highly anticipated event, Amartya Sen, Hubert Védrine, Oxford historian Rana Mitter and writers Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Xialou Guo will peer into the crystal ball to ask ‘Who will rule the world in the 21st century, China, India, Latin America or none of the above?’

The Festival is free to attend, but registration is compulsory.

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