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“From That Dust Came This Mire”: 17 years after 9/11

September 11, 20187:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

On September 11, at its headquarters in Madrid, Casa Árabe will be bringing together four experts to analyze the shock waves created by the events on the historical date of 9/11 on later US governments, the Middle East and the European Union.

Taking part in the event will be Carola García-Calvo, head researcher in the Program on Global Terrorism at the Real Instituto Elcano; Jesús Núñez, co-director of the Institute of Studies on Conflicts and Humanitarian Action, and Juan Tovar, a professor of International Relations at the University of Burgos. Moderated by: Aurea Moltó, assistant director of the magazine Política Exterior.

The United States was not officially involved in any wars at all 17 years ago. Few people had heard of Al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and Daesh did not yet exist. Nobody had to take their shoes off at airport security checkpoints, and the State’s resources devoted to security were a fraction of what they are today. Iraq and Syria were countries whose territorial integrity was not threatened, the expression “collateral damage” was not used to refer to people, and “conquering hearts and minds” was a statement heard more in the world of literature than about war. Not only have the lives of individuals changed in a major way since the critical juncture on 9/11, but international relations as a whole have, as well, with disturbances that have above all affected the region of the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. This conference will explore the impact of 9/11 on the foreign policy of the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations, as well as the profound crises which have arisen to the south of the Mediterranean, and the vulnerability to terrorist danger in a more divided European Union.
“From That Dust Came This Mire”: 17 years after 9/11