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- Professor Achin Vanaik, Professor of International Relations and Global Politics, Department of Political Science, Delhi University, India.
- Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer, Senior Pastor, Christ Church, Virginia Water, Surrey, England.
- Tan Sri Ahmad Al-Farra, Former Palestinian Ambassador to Malaysia.
- Emeritus Professor Datuk Osman Bakar, Deputy CEO, IAIS Malaysia.
About the panelists:
Prof Achin Vanaik
Prof Vanaik was a co-recipient of the Sean MacBride International Peace Prize for the year 2000. He is Professor of International Relations and Global Politics in the Political Science Department of Delhi University, Delhi, India. He was formerly an assistant editor in Mumbai for The Times of India (1978–90) and a visiting Professor to the Department of Political Science and the Academy of Third World Studies of Jamia Millia Islamia (National Muslim University), New Delhi.
He has authored/co-authored five books and edited/co-edited four books. These range from studies on contemporary India's politics to matters of religion, secularism, nuclear disarmament and international politics.
In Britain he was active in the anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been active in a variety of civil liberties and anti-communal campaigns. He is a founder member
the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND) and the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) which is active with solidarity work in support of Palestine and in opposing the US invasion of Iraq.
He was on the Government of India appointed ‘Expert Committee’ to evaluate the National Literacy Mission (1993–1994). Since 1987 he has been a Fellow of the Trans National Institute (TNI, Amsterdam) an international body of intellectuals and scholars concerned about problems of global inequality and development. He is also on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace, India and Amnesty International, India’s Journal, Adhikar.
Reverend Dr Stephen Sizer Dr Stephen is the vicar, or senior pastor, of Christ Church, the community church of Virginia Water in Surrey, UK. He obtained his MTh (distinction) from Oxford University in 1994. His 2004 PhD thesis examined the historical roots, theological basis and political consequences of Christian Zionism in Britain and the USA from 1820. He has an extensive international ministry, teaching regularly in churches, seminaries and universities in the USA, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Dr Stephen specialises in the historical origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the political agenda of Christian Zionism which shapes US foreign policy and its destructive impact on the Palestinians. His new film “With God on our Side” www.withgodonourside.com; exposes the errors of Christian Zionism in the US and provides a fascinating insight into the US infatuation with Israel and how it can be deconstructed. He believes that Christians, Muslims & other faith communities have much in common and can work together in our common cause for justice, peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.
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