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Hannes Baumann


More Than a "Personal Error of Judgment": Seif Gaddafi and the London School of Economics

[Seif Gaddafi. Image by Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters]

“Seif is committed to resolving contentious international and domestic issues through dialogue, debate, and peaceful negotiations.” These were the words with which Professor David Held introduced a public lecture by Seif al-Islam al-Gaddafi at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2009. Last week, British media revelled in replaying Held’s words, before cutting to Seif Gaddafi’s February 21, 2011, speech on Libyan state TV in which he predicted "rivers of blood" ...

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Hannes Baumann


Hannes Baumann is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he is currently completing his PhD on neoliberalism in Lebanon. His research interests span Middle East politics, political economy of development, neoliberalism, and nationalist/ethnic politics. He is a features editor of “Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism” (SEN).