Scott Horton Interviews Rajan Menon

Scott Horton, April 05, 2012

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Rajan Menon, Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University, discusses his article “Libya: What the Intervention Has Wrought;” the numerous internal divisions tearing Libya apart and destabilizing neighboring countries like Mali; the stolen cache of weapons from Gaddafi’s arsenal now available on the black market; why China and Russia won’t be fooled into allowing another UN Security Council backdoor regime change; reprisal attacks on black Africans in Libya, no matter whether they are mercenaries or migrant workers; and how al-Qaeda-linked Abdel-Hakim Belhaj has remained a major player in Libya’s government.

MP3 here. (19:56)

Rajan Menon is Monroe J. Rathbone Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University. He has been a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC and an Academic Fellow and Senior Advisor at the Carnegie Corporation of New York for two years (1999-2000), where he played a key role in developing the Corporation’s “Russia Initiative,” among other programs. He has also served as Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and as Director for Eurasia Policy Studies at the Seattle-based National Bureau for Asian Research (NBR).

He has taught at Columbia University and Vanderbilt University and served as Special Assistant for Arms Control and National Security to Congressman Stephen J. Solarz (D-NY), while an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, of which he is a member. His current work concerns American foreign and national security policy; globalization; terrorism; security issues in Northeast Asia; the political and security dimensions of energy development in the Caspian Sea zone; and the comparative study of empires; and the international relations of Russia and the other post-Soviet states. His latest book, The End of Alliances, Oxford University Press (2007), was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Title” by the American Library Association.

15 Responses to “Rajan Menon”

  1. True Revolution — Must have three stages

    (1) Revolution starts with anarchy, which is no one having a monopoly on the use of force and violence, which is chaos for everyone.

    (2) Revolution then advances to a democracy, which is the 51% most educated and wealthy having a monopoly on the use of force and violence, which is chaos for the uneducated lower half of society.

    (3) Revolution then advances to where the 25% most wealthy, the rich ruling class, are bared from government, which prevents any power group from having a monopoly on the use of force and violence, which finally ends chaos.

  2. There doesn't need to be a monopoly on the use of force in Libya. As far as I can tell, these factions are fighting because they each want control and influence over the new central government. So, the solution is to forget about having a central government and allow Libya to be a multitude of various, autonomous regions, each governing themselves however they see fit.
    And regarding your #3 stage of revolution, why would a state run by the lower classes be any less violent and evil? No should rule over anyone, period.

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  5. Everything you say is true, and my thought is that someday it will come to be, when man reaches the ultimate conclusion of greed.

    GREED
    A liar’s pretense of good to hide an
    intent to be enriched upon our misery

    Problem is, greed is a character trait common with most men, such that the more wealth they have, the more wealth do they feel deserving of wealth and all the more are they willing to fight to get wealth. This is why those with excessive wealth should never be allowed to control government.

  6. There can be no secular solution to a criminal government,
    until after there is a moral solution to an immoral society

  7. Russia and China weren't fooled into going along in Libya. They didn't go along but weren't willing to do enough to stop it. Syria is much closer to them politically and geographically, so they might try harder this time.

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