Reese Erlich: Conversations with Terrorists

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Author and journalist Reese Erlich talks about his new book Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire

Reese Erlich offers critical portraits of six Middle Eastern leaders, sometimes vilified as terrorists, to probe the U.S. war on terror and its media reception.

Drawing on original research and firsthand interviews, Conversations with Terrorists offers six critical portraits of Middle Eastern leaders sometimes falsely labeled as terrorists. These figures include Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Hamas’ top leader Khaled Meshal, Israeli politician Geula Cohen, Iranian Revolutionary Guard founder Mohsen Sazegara, and Hezbollah spiritual advisor Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Fadlallah. Erlich offers them a chance to explain key issues and to respond to charges leveled by the United States. Critiquing these responses and synthesizing a broad range of material, Erlich also shows that yesterday’s terrorist is today’s national leader, and that today’s freedom fighter may become tomorrow’s terrorist. He concludes that the global war on terror has diverted public attention from its real goal—expanding U.S. influence and interests in this troubled region—and offers policy remedies going forward.

Peabody Award winning journalist Reese Erlich reports regularly for various outlets including NPR, CBC and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been honored for his work by Project Censored, National Headlines Awards, the Society of Professional Journalists and others.

When: Monday, September 27th 2010, 8:00-10:00pm

Where: Wilbur Dining Hall, East Side, Stanford University

Contact: – Hosted by Arroyo House, Wilbur Hall


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