In the simple view of the world of nations, there are good guys and bad guys, and rogue states are the worst. Pariah states only abuse their own citizens, but rogue states threaten others with an unholy trinity of bad behaviours: authoritarian regimes that abuse human rights, they are also state sponsors of terrorism and encourage the spread of ‘weapons of mass destruction’. But whether we talk about rogue states or the axis of evil, a lot depends on who applies the term, generally one US government or another to regimes they oppose. It is easy to see North Korea as a rogue state, but what about our ally Pakistan? Or countries who are trusted allies? With global power relationships shifting, and cyber terrorism joining other threats, we need to look again at the concept of rogue states. Which are the really dangerous countries in the world, and should we try to contain them, or can we trust them to leave us alone?
Chair: Stan Grant is an Australian journalist and former correspondent for CNN, having covered conflicts in the Middle East and in Northern Ireland up close. He is currently International Editor at Sky News Australia.
Mustafa Barghouthi is a democracy activist, member of Palestinian Parliament, and former presidential candidate for the Palestinian National Authority.
James Fallows is an author, journalist and visiting professor at various universities in the US and China. He has been a national correspondent with The Atlantic for several decades, and was also White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter.
David Frum is a Canadian-American journalist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush. He is author of the book An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.
Peter Hitchens is an English journalist and author. His latest book is The War We Never Fought: The British Establishment’s Surrender to Drugs.
Leonid Petrov is a renowned expert on North and South Korea. He is currently a research fellow at the School of Culture, History and Language at Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific.
David Frum is appearing with the support of the US Studies Centre. Mustapha Barghouti appears with the support of the Edward Said Memorial Lecture.