Hocken Talk Series 2021: Professor Robert G. Patman: 9/11 and the Emerging Global Order

12 August 2021 5:30pm

Since the late 1980s, the world has experienced a turbulent and prolonged transition to a new international order. If 9/11 demonstrated anything it is that extraordinary national power is no guarantee against political and security challenges in an interconnected world. But it must be acknowledged the massive military response of the Bush leadership to 9/11 and also the counterterrorist policies of subsequent administrations have cast a long shadow.

The ‘war on terror’ emphasized pre-emptive war and US global primacy and generated expensive, bloody and unproductive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Islamophobia, the global financial crisis of 2008/9, the rise of national populism, increasing attacks on the multilateral rules-based system and COVID-19 are among the factors shaping the international transition.

The trajectory of change is toward a post-hegemonic world in which small and middle powers play a larger international role, but the journey ahead is an uncertain and complex one.

Robert G Patman is one of the University of Otago’s inaugural Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chairs and Professor of International Relations and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events. Robert is the author or editor of 13 books covering a wide range of topics relating to international affairs, global security, 9/11 and foreign policy.

He is currently writing a volume called Rethinking the Global Impact of 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, late 2021).

Robert is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and Honorary Professor of the New Zealand Defence Command and Staff College,

Date: Thursday 12 August 2021
Time: 5:30–6:30pm
Location: Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue Dunedin
Free. All welcome


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