Since 9/11, the United States has been led by presidents with a firm mandate to quash terrorism. But according to UC Berkeley professor Mark Danner, America’s wars in the Middle East have spiraled out of control: worldwide deaths attributed to terrorism have spiked by more than 4000 percent since 9/11, several countries have plunged into civil war and the U.S. is in a seemingly endless campaign of drone strikes. In Danner’s new book, “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War” he presents a damning analysis of the past two administrations and sheds light on how the next president could possibly change things for the better.
June 21, 2016
The massacre in an Orlando gay nightclub has focused presidential candidates back onto the so-called War on Terrorism or “the new face of the war on terror.” This war is now in its fifteenth year and what at one time seemed to be exceptional is now the normal.
June 14, 2016
Scheer: Intelligence: "Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War," with Mark Danner and Robert Scheer
From baybookfest.org The legendary Robert Scheer has covered wars, politics, international relations and social issues for decades. His new podcast, "Scheer Intelligence," features provocative conversations with leading thinkers of our times. This event's podcast interview will be Mark Danner – acclaimed journalist, UC Berkeley Chancellor's Professor and MacArthur Fellow. Danner will talk about what he calls the "Forever War," triggered by 9/11, a spiral out of which we seem unable to escape.
June 07, 2016
Panel Discussion, moderated by Mark Danner, on the future of Guantanamo Bay
Chair: Professor Christopher Kutz, UC Berkeley School of Law
Speakers: Jess Bravin, Journalist at Wall Street Journal, Author "The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay."
Alberto Mora: Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Costs & Consequences of Torture Program.
Professor Ashika Singh: Professor at Tulane University, ex-attorney at the U.S. State Department and in the Office of the Legal Adviser and, most recently, in the Office of Political-Military Affairs.
Dr. Sharon Weill: Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law
May 12, 2016
An exhibit and Q&A session with photographer Maggie Steber, moderated by Mark Danner.
April 14, 2016
English majors hear a lot of dire statements about the less-than-abundant job prospects awaiting them after graduation, but many remain hopeful about their futures despite these nerve-wracking warnings. Some are interested in going into journalism, a field that seems particularly risky to enter in the digital age. At a recent Berkeley Connect in English event, Professor Mark Danner spoke with students about his experiences as a journalist and academic, and delivered a welcome message: despite the uncertainty involved in pursuing a career in an industry that is very much in flux, it’s not entirely hopeless!
February 16, 2016
Mark Danner discusses Washington's Counterterrorism Strategy on a virtual roundtable with Peter Leyden, Rachel Kleinfeld, Stephen Walt and Suzanna Nossel. Part of the ReInvent media series.
December 08, 2015
Mark Danner delivers a talk on the Islamic State and the War on Terror at the Bard Human Rights Project, Bard College.
December 01, 2015
Spiraling Down: Human Rights, Endless War
The Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold Inaugural Lecture in Peace, Social Justice and Human Rights
Eldman Courtroom, Texas Law School
University of Texas, Austin
October 22, 2015
Appearance at the American Library Association Convention, Moscone Center, San Francisco.
June 28, 2015
The Secret State: The Rise of National Surveillance and the Conflict Between Freedom and Security
Mark Danner, Karen Paget, Robert Scheer, Edward Wasserman
Bay Area Book Festival
Brower Center, Goldman Theater, Berkeley, CA
June 7, 2015
June 07, 2015
Mark Danner, Claudia Bernardi, Rebecca Solnit, Susan Griffin
Bay Area Book Festival
Brower Center, Kinzie Conference Room, Berkeley, CA
June 6, 2015
June 06, 2015
Mark Danner and Carlotta Gall discuss coverage of "the USA Freedom Act" limiting the NSA's domestic surveillance powers, and the declassified interviews with a former Guantanamo Bay detainee on KALW's Your Call.
June 05, 2015
Panel discussion with Mark Danner and fiction writers Anthony Marra and Nayomi Munaweera as part of the first annual Oakland Book Festival at Oakland City Hall.
May 31, 2015
Mark Danner debates former Bush Administration speech writer, Marc Thiessen, against the notion, "America should exercise its power and straighten out the Middle East."
March 31, 2015
Berkeley Law Symposium on Torture, Security and Law
Robert Cole, Mark Danner, Rebecca Gordon, Jameel Jaffer, Bill Roller (Moderator)
This symposium seeks to promote a heightened awareness of the responsibilities of lawyers, the organized bar, law schools and law students in the context of torture.
February 12, 2015
Mark Danner with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!
January 03, 2015
Mark Danner discusses the creation of the Islamic State with KPFK's Ian Masters on Background Briefing With Ian Masters.
December 14, 2014
Nurrudin Farah will read from his new book, Hiding in Plain Sight, followed by a conversation with Mark Danner at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
November 17, 2014
In this collaboration with VICE News and the New York Review of Books Mark Danner discusses the US role in the development of ISIS.
November 14, 2014
Mark Danner delivers his MacArthur lecture, "Terror, Torture, Drones: Taking Stock of the Forever War" at Bard College
October 27, 2014
Mark Danner delivers "Terror, Torture, Drones" at the annual MacArthur Fellows conference in Chicago.
October 24, 2014
Mark Danner discusses the film, Rosewater with Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahrani and Gael Garcia Bernal at the Telluride Film Festival, Telluride, CO.
August 31, 2014
Mark Danner on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, June 22nd 2014.
June 22, 2014
Mark Danner spoke at the Warsaw Book Fair on May 24, 2014, Warsaw, Poland.
May 24, 2014
A dialogue on reporting and El Mozote with Agnieszka Wojcinska in Warsaw, Poland.
May 24, 2014
Mark Danner speaking in Warsaw, Poland for the Kapuscinski Prize.
May 23, 2014
Mark Danner discusses El Mozote and the career of a journalist with student, Alice Deneka in Warsaw, Poland.
May 22, 2014
Mark Danner discusses the Massacre of El Mozote in Warsaw, Poland for the Kapuscinski Prize. May 22nd, 2014.
May 22, 2014
Mark Danner speaks with Andrei Soldatov, Alexander Tcherkasov, Sergey Kovalev, and Varvara Parkhomenko at the Sakharov Center in Moscow, Russia.
May 19, 2014