Scott Horton Interviews Alan J. Kuperman

Scott Horton, April 19, 2011

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Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, discusses his op-ed “False pretense for war in Libya?” in the Boston Globe; how low civilian casualty figures in other recaptured rebel-held cities make the supposedly imminent danger of a Benghazi massacre seem far-fetched; Obama’s misleading quotation of Gadhafi’s “no mercy” comment that was directed at rebel fighters who wouldn’t surrender, not civilians; and why the NATO bombing of retreating loyalist forces and Gadhafi’s hometown has more to do with regime change than protecting civilians.

MP3 here. (9:36)

Alan J. Kuperman is Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Prior to joining the LBJ School faculty in 2005, Kuperman was Resident Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy.

At the LBJ School, he teaches courses in global policy studies, is Coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Program, and leads a Pentagon-funded project on Constitutional Design and Conflict Management in Africa. He has published articles and book chapters on ethnic conflict, U.S. military intervention and nuclear proliferation.

He also is the author of The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda (Brookings, 2001) and co-editor of Gambling on Humanitarian Intervention: Moral Hazard, Rebellion, and Civil War (Routledge, 2006).  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in international relations and international economics from SAIS.  In 2009-2010, he was awarded a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC.

In addition to his academic experience, Kuperman has been Legislative Director for Congressman Charles Schumer of New York, Legislative Assistant for U.S. House Speaker Thomas Foley, Chief of Staff for Congressman James Scheuer, Senior Policy Analyst for the nongovernmental Nuclear Control Institute, and fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

9 Responses to “Alan J. Kuperman”

  1. When genocide was only used as an excuse, what was the real reason then ? The Lockerby-bomber was released for BP to get drilling rights. The Taliban were guests of honor in Texas but they couldn´t agree on the pipeline. Now they have built some 400 kms of Trans-Afghan Pipeline to get oil and gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan to go by ship to United Bluff. Donald Trump would just take the oil, he said ! When a bomb goes off in the US in a hundred years they won´t know it´s revenge for family members killed by drones in a remote village in North-Pakistan. Bloody fools in the Pentagon and CIA.

  2. You are absolutely correct!
    War in Afghanistan is ALL about that pipeline.
    Bloody gangsters and war criminals in the White House, in the Congress, in the CIA, and in the Pentagon!
    Payback will be a bitch as the saying goes – 'they' will one day do to US what we have done to them!

  3. According to Pepe Escobar interview (click on it in the list; Libya comes up about 30 minutes into it), Libya was a Sarkozy scheme, hatched a year earlier by some expat whispering in his ear. Sark was angry bc Gaddafi canceled some contracts.

  4. Too bad the Libyan people don't have PR resources… I understand if people are against intervention, and I'm not naive about the less than stellar intentions of Sarkozy or Obama. But it saddens me that the real – and horrific – suffering of the Libyan is laughed off. How many of you know any Libyans or have any idea what Qaddafi is like?

  5. Scott at 9:33 "False pretense in Libya, yeah, damn right"

  6. The "intervention" in Libya was only meant to dissipate the resistance movement, not overthrow Gaddafi.

    Cruise missile after cruise missile falling helplessly into the barren desert should have told you that.

  7. Before 911 pnac was created by the neoconservatives.it was designed to reshape most of the oil rich Mideast countries and create new weapons for the us military energy corporates

  8. Don't forget the $3 trillion mining rights.

  9. The west should understand thatthe bombing hasworsen the situation in Libya. Am really sad to see the UN taking the side of the rebels when it suppose to be impartial and a peacemaker. Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy and Belursconi please stop the arrogance and allow libyans to make peace.The Western media and Al- Jazeera which is funded by the oil money from the autrocratic government of Qatar should stop their biasness against Col Ghadafi.Calling the rebels 'Pro- democracy fighters 'is an insult.

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