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A way out of the war on terror by Locher, Chai

Some call it the War on Terror; some call it the Clash of Civilizations; but Alastair Crooke calls it just another conflict on the global political game board to resolve. And for him thatÂ’s just another day at work. As a negotiator for the British secret service he spent more then 30 years contributing to mediation, management, and resolution of conflicts in places like Northern Ireland and the Middle East. These experiences brought him to the position of Advisor to Javier Solana, the European Union High Representative and Head of Foreign and Security Policy. In this portrait Alastair Crooke mainly reflects on the situation in the middle east.

Social interest
After his work for Solana, Crooke founded the London-based Conflicts Forum, an organization “whose principal objective it is to bring about a New Engagement between the West and Islam by challenging and changing underlying inaccurate political perceptions and by increasing comprehension of Islamists.

Political interest
Alastair Crooke's ideal is to change the dominant paradigm of war as the only solution. To do so, he uses his access to the high ranks of leaders in both the Western world and the Middle East to organize “exercises in mutual listening,” in which leaders from both sides sit around one table and talk face to face, often for the first time. This film follows the ponderous quest of this remarkable man on one of his missions. It records his struggle to implement his ideals, from contacting leaders, to formulating the goals of the session, to the moment when these figures from the West and the Middle East finally sit down at one table.

Director
Locher, Chai
Copyright Holder
VPRO
Duration
49 min.
Year of release
2008
Language
English

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