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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Souad Mekhennet: "Observations about the World after the Arab Spring" in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 PM, May 6th


Souad Mekhennet is a German reporter and columnist of Turkish and Moroccan descent who works for The New York Times, Der Spiegel and ZDF (German television). Since 9/11, she has covered conflicts and terrorist groups in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Mekhennet helped report the “Inside the Jihad” series for the Times and together with her colleague Don van Natta, broke the story of Khaled el-Masri, a German-Lebanese man who had been kidnapped and sent via extraordinary rendition to Afghanistan. She previously reported for The Washington Post and is the co-author of two books about Islam and terrorism, which were published in Germany. Mekhennet will study how the uprisings in Arab countries in 2011 have influenced the long-term strategies of terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda and how Shariah (Islamic law) deals with human rights, women and democracy. She is the 2013 Barry Bingham Jr. Nieman Fellow. Bingham, a 1956 Harvard graduate, was the editor and publisher of the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times

In this lecture, Ms. Mekhennet will cover militancy, the Arab Spring, and women; the world after the Arab Spring and the challenges for the West. How did the media cover the Arab Spring? What is the situation for women? Is al Qaeda really dead?
 
Please join us for Souad Mekhennet’s talk, “Observations About the World After the Arab Spring” at Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 pm, May 6, 2013.