Eric Margolis

American Raj


Eric Margolis, author of American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World, discusses the repeating of history in Afghanistan, India’s under-the-radar regional influence and sweetheart nuclear deal, ramifications of a future “Pashtunistan”, the precarious economic and political conditions in Pakistan, the possibility of Obama using Bill Clinton as Kashmir peacemaker, the need for a waxing Department of State and waning Pentagon in the foreign policy realm, the Caspian oil pipeline as “Great Game” prize, new accusations about Syria’s nuclear program and the supreme importance of U.S./Russia relations.

MP3 here. (53:49)

Eric Margolis is a foreign correspondent and columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj.

7 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. That’s a great interview, thanks, Scott!

    I don’t quite believe in the possibility of an anti-American, Pakistan Army coup, which Margolis appears to think might happen. I think that one of the things the CIA is very good at is getting its own juntas in, in front of anybody else’s juntas, and that would not be too hard in Pakistan, I should think, because ISI really belongs to CIA, and ISI has presumably got its own moles throughout the army.

  2. Margolis is a brilliant and pressient analyst of world affairs.

    Someone like him ought to be brought into the State department and made Secretary of State.

    He is also a very good and astute businessman, owning and running, as he does, one of Canada’s ( and North America’s ) largest manufacturing companys by the name of Jamieson, producing vitamins, minerals and other food supplements.

  3. Wikipedia says:
    Afghanistan= 647,500 square miles
    Texas= 268,820 square miles
    yes, there are bigger things than Texas, and I don’t care how many NYC blocks that covers.
    Good interview!

  4. Thanks Alex, but I’m afraid Texas wins again.

    From National Geographic:

    “With a land area of 251,777 square miles (652,090 square kilometers)—almost the size of Texas—Afghanistan is a landlocked country located in Central Asia.”

    Looks like a miles/kilometers thing there.

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