Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Weapon of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion & Foreign Policy

 h/t friend of the blog!

This is a must listen lecture- Absolutely a must listen! In fact, listen to it twice. That's how many times I listened last week! But as you absorb the info take note of what is not really mentioned?
 This woman doesn't mention that NATO is using forced displacement and coercion on a global level at this time. She mentions state actors, but, fails to mention the global tyranny above the nation state.  Or the ethnic cleansing being engaged in present time: Kurdistan aka “Second Israel”- Ethnic Cleansing the Indigenous of the Middle East

Professor Greenhill examines an understudied, yet relatively common, bargaining tool and method of persuasion: namely, the use of migration and refugee crises as non-military instruments of state-level coercion. Who employs this unconventional weapon, how often it succeeds and fails, how and why this kind of coercion ever works, and how targets may combat this unorthodox brand of coercion will be explored

About the speaker 

Kelly M Greenhill is Associate Professor at Tufts University and Research Associate and Chair of the Conflict, Security and Public Policy Working Group at Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center (BCSIA). Shel also serves as Associate Editor of the journal Security Studies. Much of her research focuses on the use of military force and what are frequently called 'new security challenges', including civil wars; the use of forced migration as a weapon; military intervention and (counter-) insurgency; foreign and defence policy; and international crime as a challenge to domestic governance. 
She is author of Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion and Foreign Policy (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs), co-author and co-editor of Sex, Drugs and Body Counts: The Politics of Numbers in Global Crime and Conflict (Cornell) and The Use of Force, 8th edition. Her research has also appeared in a variety of other venues, including in the journals International SecuritySecurity StudiesCivil Wars, and International Migration, in media outlets such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the British Broadcasting Company, and in briefs prepared for the U.S. Supreme Court and other organs of the U.S. government.

Weapons of Mass Migration

Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement as an. Instrument of .... To put the prevalence of coercive engineered migration in perspective,


  1. Hey All
    Just couldn't get to the blog yesterday. Give this lecture a listen and leave some thoughts, cause I would love to read them!
    I will get back to the previous comments- thanks for leaving them :)

  2. Interesting talk. I am sure she actually does know who the real players are behind these international conflicts, and is somewhat aware of their ACTUAL motivations, but she unfortunately still speaks in simple platitudes to some extent. And she doesn't touch upon the inherent racism and prejudice that are actually at play in working the psychology of the populaces that receive the refugees, nor does she touch on the obvious use of refugees as a domestic tool to get populations to vote one way or another to support immigration policies, etc.

    Don't get me wrong - it's illuminating to some degree. Many good points. But it's taken from a decidedly pro-US, pro-Israel (there were so many Palestinian examples to give that she completely ignored, instead focusing on the US/British asset Gadhafi) and purposefully naive view - in short, disinformation.

    I know you may see that as a bit negative Pen, but that was my take. And where she comes from, she has the educational background for it as well.

    1. Hi Slozo

      I do not see your comment as a negative at all- In fact I noticed and pointed out very briefly the shortcoming in her talk- without giving too much away
      The PDF linked below includes more information and she has written a book on this policy-
      "But it's taken from a decidedly pro-US, pro-Israel "
      Indeed it is.
      She most certainly would have a far better idea of the real players and motivations then she let's on in the talk and perhaps there is more to it in her book

      However... the fact that she talks about this as policy- This weaponized migration made it worth posting- What is going on present day is not some happenstance occurrence but is instead a calculated plan- the multiple facets of it, she doesn't get into, but you mentioned some of them and hopefully others will bring some more to the table


    2. OOps, cut off my Thanks
      Thanks slozo

    3. May I be somewhat self-serving and suggest research into this phenomenon that goes a step further has been made/suggested. Consider the book Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939 (Bloomsbury Books, 2013) and Chaos in Yemen (Routledge, 2010). While Ilan Pappe's work on the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine stands head and shoulders above the rest, we can think of the flooding of "host" societies with expelled migrants/refugees as a well-established strategic calculation, one that extends into antiquity, no doubt. That we are observing its most cynical use today, can only, however, find its origins in the violence of the Euro-American empire that emerges in the 19th cen. Here everyone should consult the stunningly clear thesis of Mike Davis in his book Late Victorian Holocausts.

    4. Thanks for the tips- I will look into them.
      I've seen Ilan Pappe's work previously- So have some familiarity with it

      "we can think of the flooding of "host" societies with expelled migrants/refugees as a well-established strategic calculation"

      well said

  3. Interfax this am:PUTIN: we hear the decision to down the plane was made by someone other than president of turkey, it doesn't matter to us

    Yesterday in wake of OPEN Society shutdown: Interior Ministry warns of danger to use migration processes in 'hybrid wars'

    Who is transporting those refugees to the Russia/Norway border: CNN, who first reported the shootdown, says they are coming on bikes

    1. I see the refugee 'crisis' as one big NATO operation. That's my opinion
      I've seen the story about the immigrants on bikes- which looks like a PR stunt
      whimsical and desperate- and a load of baloney

  4. There is no way that millions just start migrating out of the Middle East into Europe because of a sudden impulse to do so, some very powerful supporting group is behind this and it simply is not clear what would be the motivation for such a massive invasion this mass movement of people across European borders equates to genocide:
    Who has the most desire to empty the Levant of Arabs and send them packing to Europe. You kill so many birds with that one stone it's irresistible.
    IS-rael & ISIS-rael, one and the same. This flood of muslim refugees into White CHRISTian Democratic Europe is a repeat of Israel's actions in 1948 , terror used to depopulate areas that Israel wishes to grab for "Greater Israel" and at the same time to dilute and destroy CHRISTian Europe. http://journal-neo.org/2015/10/23/america-s-coalition-of-treachery/
    Before the state of Israel was founded, the terrorist underground militias that were to become the Israel "Defense" Forces committed over 100 massacres of civilians. The atrocities intensified in the months leading up to the "declaration of indeperndence". In March and April 1948 alone over 25 massacres were committed including infamous ones such as Tantura and Deir Yassin. Israeli leaders themselves credited these actions as of great use in getting the Palestinians to evacuate Palestine so that a Jewish state could be established without a demographic "burden" of "non-Jews" (Christains and Muslims). The massacres continued after the war with government ordered slaughters at Kufr Kassem in 1956 (see http://www.taayush.org/new/kas..., and more until the latest slaughter of 1400 in three weeks in Gaza (most of them civilians). This showed that the state of Israel is still addicted to these policies of terror.
    "The Zionist version of the Palestinian exodus is a myth manufactured after the cataclysm took place. If the Zionists could show that the refugees had really fled without cause, at the express instructions of their own politicians, they would greatly erode the world's sympathy for their plight -- and, in consequence, the pressure on themselves to allow them to return. Thus in public speeches and scholarly-looking pamphlets they peddled this myth the world over. It was not until 1959 that the Palestinian scholar Walid Khalidi, exposed it for what it is. His painstaking researches were independently corroborated by an Irish scholar, Erskine Childers, two years later. Together, they demonstrated that the myth was not just a gross misrepresentation of accepted or even plausible facts; the very 'facts' themselves had been invented. Orders for the evacuation of the civilian population had not simply been issued, the Zionists said, they had been broadcast over Arab radio stations. One had come from the Mufti himself. This was the cornerstone of the Zionist case. Yet when these two scholars took the trouble to examine the record -- to go through the specially opened archives of Arab governments, contemporary Arabic newspapers and the radio monitoring reports of both the BBC and the CIA -- they found that no such orders had been issued, let alone broadcast, and that when challenged to produce chapter-and-verse evidence, the date and origin of just one such order, the Zionists, with all the apparatus of the State of Israel now at their disposal, were quite unable to do so. They found, on the contrary, that Arab and Palestinian authorities had repeatedly called on the people to stay put and the Arab radio services had consistently belittled the true extent of Zionist atrocities."
    —David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, Faber, 1977, pp. 136-7.

  5. Don't forget SOROS .....
    George Soros financed Ferguson/"blacklivesmatter".
    George Soros financed the European Invaders
    George Soros probably financed Missouri.
    George Soros owes REPARATIONS.
    Those who ENABLED these INVADERS to flood in must pay reparations to the Families and Survivors. Start with George Soros' wealth, then Merkel, and go on down the line. The INVADER ENABLERS committed these acts BY PROXY and must pay FULL REPARATIONS. They must pay for the costs of policing and controlling THEIR AGENTS , feeding, housing, clothing, and REPATRIATING the invaders.
    Remember Ferguson riots, Nuland and Maidan, Georgia, the refugees dumped into Europe , the Reichstag fire in NYC-9/11 ? Now Soros sends this email to Bloomberg : °His(Orban's) plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle" Mr Soros added. "Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle."
    Jewish Billionaire George Soros has confirmed he wants to bring down Europe’s borders, following the accusation made last week by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other by those (human rights) activists who support everything that weakens the nation-state,” Mr Orban said. Mr Soros has now issued an email statement to Bloomberg Business, claiming his foundations help “uphold European values”, while Mr Oban’s actions in strengthening the Hungarian border and stopping a huge migrant influx “undermine those values.” “His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle,” Mr Soros added. “Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.” Already Israeli businessman are buying up land in northern Iraq, where ISIS(rael) has depopulated an entire region, overwhelming Europe with refugees in the process.

  6. Thanks Dr Dan, I've written of these things you are mentioning-
    One of my posts is relinked with this talk
    thanks for the comment