How America's "War on Terror" was (Unwittingly) Designed to Last Forever

Vox writer Sean Illing interviews Mark Danner on how America's "war on terror" was unwittingly designed to last forever. The interview was published on February 24, 2017. 

February 25, 2017

Writing The End of the World: Literature and Apocalypse

Max Brooks, World War Z


February 15, 2017

Trump Abroad, Trump at Home: Declaring the New War

Mark Danner sat down with Bard President Leon Botstein to discuss President Donald Trump's first days in office and his approach to foreign and domestic policy. The event was held at Bard's Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 2, 2017.

February 04, 2017

Your Call's Inauguration Special: Obama's Press Freedom Legacy

How did President Obama deal with the news media and what can reporters and publishers expect
from Donald Trump? Mark Danner discusses
the U.S. President's evolving relationship with the media on Your Call,
with Rose Aguilar. The show aired on San Francisco's KALW 91.7FM on Jan. 20, 2017.

January 20, 2017

This is Hell! A Radio Interview.

What happens when Donald Trump's improv act takes the highest stage?

Writer Mark Danner sat down to talk with This is hell! radio host Chuck Mertz about Donald Trump's  future as a political actor and his article The Real Trump that was published in the New York Review of Books. Danner explains how Trump's populist infrastructure and entitlement promises will likely be tested early by a Republican congress. The show aired on Jan. 7, 2017, on WNUR 89.3FM Chicago.

January 16, 2017

CSPAN - Talking Spiral With Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb sat down with Mark Danner to talk about his latest book, Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, which looks at the 15-year U.S. war on terrorism. The interviewed aired on C-SPAN on Oct. 27, 2016.

December 28, 2016

A World Turned Upside Down? A Dialogue, Mark Danner with Leon Botstein.

On Friday, November 11, 2016, Bard College hosted a public, post-election
dialogue with Bard President Leon Botstein and Mark Danner, James Clarke
Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities and contributor
to the New York Review of Books. The discussion was sponsored by Bard's Human Rights
and Center for Civic Engagement.

December 17, 2016

In Memoriam: Jonathan Schell

Mark Danner reflects on the journalistic legacy of  Jonathan Schell and what it means to be a reporter during a speech given at the Asian Society in New York. 

December 05, 2016

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University

At the Carr Center's Strategic Consequences of Torture conference in early October, Danner was one of the speakers at a session aiming to understand how the US practices impacted the global norm prohibiting torture. How did the US use of torture impact other governments and their policies? How did it impact patterns of human rights abuses overseas? How did it impact the international norm prohibiting torture and other cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment? How can we fix the damage done to the fabric of international human rights by the US use of torture?


October 08, 2016

Torture, Security and Law: Lessons for the Future

A symposium revisiting the torture controversies of the 2000s with Robert H. Cole, Professor Of Law Emeritus, UC Berkeley Mark Danner, Author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War and Torture and Truth Dror Ladin, Staff Attorney, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union and Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, NYU School of Law. Moderated by: Bill Roller, President, Berkeley Group Education Foundation.


September 30, 2016

Your Call: Trapped in the Forever War

On the September 16th edition of Your Call, for the Friday media
roundtable, Rose Aguilar continues the conversation with
Mark Danner about his new book Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War.

September 16, 2016

Finding Oscar, Telluride, introduction by Mark Danner

Mark Danner introduces the film Finding Oscar, at the 2016 Telluride Film Festival


September 04, 2016

Telluride Film Festival 2016: Tribute to Pablo Larrain with Mark Danner and Gael Garcia Bernal

As a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival, Mark Danner travels to Colorado each Labor Day to speak with some of the world's most creative and accomplished filmmakers. At TFF2016, Danner presented a tribute to Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain and led an on-stage interview with him. 

September 04, 2016

Your Call: Trapped in the Forever War

For the Friday media roundable on the August 5, 2016 edition of KALW's Your Call, Rose Aguilar has a conversation with veteran journalist Mark Danner about his new book Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War.

August 05, 2016

The World Affairs Council - Mark Danner interviewed by Nancy Jarvis

Join the World Affairs Council and Mark Danner, author of “Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War,” for a conversation about how the United States found itself on a “permanent war footing” and what that means for our role in the world. As part of World Affairs "Engage" series, this event features a post-discussion Q&A, when the audience will have the chance to participate directly with the speaker. Moderated by Nancy A. Jarvis, Attorney at Farrand Cooper, P.C.

July 29, 2016

Spiral Talk & Interview with KPFA's Linda Khoury

In Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, award-winning journalist Mark Danner offers readers a shrewd analysis of why America's War on Terror has persisted for well over a decade and why it seems to have no end in sight. In a talk and subsequent interview with KPFA's Linda Khoury on July 13, 2016 at Berkeley's Hillside Club, Danner describes the ways in which the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have led America into a perpetual and continuously widening war that has put the country in an endless "state of exception."

July 13, 2016

KPFA's Up Front: The Forever War

Up Front producer Linda Khoury interviews Mark Danner on his new book, Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. 

July 12, 2016

How America lost control in the endless spiral of global war

WNUR's Chuck Mertz interviews Mark Danner about how America's post 9/11 military actions spiraled out of control, creating and then provoking new partners in conflict around the globe while degrading human rights and increasing militarization domestically. 

July 09, 2016

KQED Forum with Michael Krasny: How the U.S. Became Embroiled in the "Forever War"

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

Mark Danner and Mitch Jesenich on KPFA's "Letters & Politics"

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.

KPFA's Mitch Jesenich leads a conversation with veteran journalist Mark Danner, who argues in his book "Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War," that the 15-year long war on terror appears to have no end in sight. Fear has created what Danner calls the sense of “permanent emergency” among the American public and administration alike in keeping the wars in the Middle East percolating.

June 14, 2016

Bay Area Book Festival – Mark Danner, interviewed by Robert Scheer

Scheer: Intelligence: "Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War," with Mark Danner and Robert Scheer

From 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

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