This session will reflect on what it means to be anti-imperialist in Britain today by going back to some fundamental questions around what imperialism is, who the imperial power(s) are, and what interests they pursue. We will be discussing how the British left can support resistance to imperialism on the ground, and what this could look like, from Ukraine to Yemen.
Asad Rehman is director of War on Want, organising for climate, racial, economic & social justice.
Dr Amal Abu-Bakare is a lecturer in the politics of race and decolonial studies at the University of Liverpool and a Visiting Fellow at the University of South Wales’ International Centre for Policing & Security. She is the author of the upcoming book: The Colour of Counterterrorism: anti-terrorism and race in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Victor Figueroa is a contributing editor of Alborada, taught history at the London School of Economics and was an associate at the LSE IDEAS think tank on diplomacy and strategy. He is an expert on the history of the Latin American Left. He is the author of Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (Pluto Press, 2013).
Eda Seyhan is a lawyer, researcher and campaigner of Kurdish-Turkish origin, who has worked on Turkey and Europe for Amnesty International and others. She is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies.
Volodymyr Artiukh is a Ukrainian anthropologist specializing in labor and migration in the post-Soviet space. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at COMPAS with the ERC-funded project (opens in a new tab)EMPTINESS: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism.
Barnaby Raine is a historian writing his PhD on the rise and fall of visions of ending capitalism in imperial and postcolonial Britain.