Twenty years of War on Terror

Twenty years after 9/11 and the War on Terror, many questions remain unanswered.

The rhetoric of exporting an American version of democracy has in fact left us with the erosion of global citizenship, while the arbitrary deprivation of freedoms and rights has become the new normal.

The Polis Project and CAGE are thrilled to announce a joint reflection to understand the present through the events of the last twenty years. In dialogue with the communities who are most affected by the Islamophobia and racialization of terror that followed 9/11, we plan a series of publications, conversations, and online public events to make boarder political connections between the significance of political prisoners and the history of criminalization of dissent.

CAGE brings to the table a quest for justice and for bearing witness to the horrors suffered by the survivors of the War on Terror, and The Polis Project continue their engagement with communities in resistance who speak truth to power and sustain radical critique of the status quo.

Together, the two organizations want to understand, remember and question the individual and collective consequences of twenty years of War on Terror.


29 March 

Twenty years of War on Terror: The human and political costs of an unending war. Moazzam Begg in conversation with Francesca Recchia

Francesca Recchia sits down with Moazzam Begg to discuss the impact of the War of Terror after all these years.

Moazzam Begg is British-born Muslim, he is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and Outreach Director for CAGE. After his release, he became one of the most prominent public-speakers and Muslim advocates for justice and dialogue.

You can now watch this event on our Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube channels.

26 April

 Twenty years of War on Terror: The human and political costs of an unending war. Mohamadou Salahi in conversation with Asim Rafiqui.

Asim Rafiqui talks to Mahamadou Salahi about his personal journey and his current politics two decades after the initiation of the War on Terror.

Mohamadou Salahi was held in the Guantanamo Bay prison facility for 16 years without charge. While in captivity, Salahi wrote and published his memoir, Guantanamo Diary. After his release, Salahi has lead a vocal campaign for justice and human rights.

You can watch the full conversation on our Youtube channel.

31 May

War on Terror in historical perspective. Conversation with Darryl Li and Anwar Mafille moderated by Suchitra Vijayan

Register for the event here.

28 June

The immediate aftermath of 9/11 – Policies, legislations, infrastructures. Conversation with Arun Kundani and Arzu Merali moderated by Asim Qureshi     

Register for the event here.

26 July

Twenty years of War on Terror: The human and political costs of an unending war. Mansur Al Dayfi in conversation with Francesca Recchia

Register for the event here.

31 August

Citizenship, lived experiences and impact of the War on Terror – The CAGE case work. Conversation with Fahad Ansari and Asim Qureshi moderated by Asim Rafiqui

Register for the event here.

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