The Douglas Robb lectures on Radio NZ: A series of three lectures by Tariq Ali

Radio New Zealand is broadcasting Tariq Ali’s Douglas Robb lectures.

In a changing world with American military power transcending US economic weaknesses, the amazing rise of China and the continuing occupations in the Arab world and South Asia, what are the likely outcomes? Is it the case, as many argue, that the US empire is now in irretrievable decline? Will China flex its military muscles one day?

In the first Douglas Robb Lecture

Tariq Ali explores the contemporary landscape of Islam, focusing on the Middle East, analysing the challenges for Western governments which have supported the regimes now being overthrown by internal rebellions. (duration:49′ 56”)

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The second lecture will be broadcast on Sunday 8 May 2011 in which

Tariq Ali considers how USA power has played out across the world, arguing that although its imperial ambitions have been manifested for centuries, overstretch is beginning to set in.

The third lecture will be broadcast on Sunday 15 May 2011.

Ali considers how global markets have moved eastwards towards China, and discusses where this superpower on the rise will be in thirty years’ time.

Visit Radio New Zealand to listen to the lectures.