Scott Horton Interviews Rajan Menon
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.