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CONVERSATIONS WITH TERRORISTS : MIDDLE EAST LEADERS ON POLITICS, VIOLENCE, AND EMPIRE JOURNALIST: REESE ERLICH Wednesday, October 27th, 11:45-1:25: 135 Shillman **Lecture with book- signing to follow. Peabody Award winning journalist Reese Erlich draws on original research and firsthand interviews in his new book, Conversations with Terrorists, wherein Erlich offers critical portraits of six Middle Eastern leaders sometimes labeled as terrorists: Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Hamas top leader Khaled Meshal, Israeli politician Geula Cohen, Iranian Revolutionary Guard founder Mohsen Sazargara, Lebanese leader Ayatollah Mohammed Fadlallah, and former Afghan Radio and Television Ministry head Malamo Nazamy. Veteran journalist Reese 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 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 the war’s real goal— expanding U.S. influence and interests in the Middle East—and offers policy remedies. Erlich’s career in journalism goes back 40 years. As a freelancer, he regularly contributes to NPR, CBC (Canada), ABC (Australia) and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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