Tuesday, February 19, 2002

understanding international terrorism lectures

One of the nice things about living in or near a college town is that some interesting people come to visit and lecture upon occassion. The following message is from the University of Delaware Public Relations Department:

Subject: Understanding International Terrorism Today

Would you like to meet:

  • one of the few Westerners who has actually met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan?

  • the U.S. Ambassador on whose watch the U.S.S. Cole was bombed in Yemen?

  • the Ambassador from Egypt, whose country strikes a delicate balance between friendship with the U.S. and leadership of the Arab world?

  • an Israeli expert who is critical of Middle Eastern studies in the United States?

  • a former top Pentagon official who, for more than a decade coordinated terrorism-preparedness?

  • a U.S. Ambassador who has been a hands-on observer of "the Arab street" for decades, the Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, through which much of al Qaeda's money traversed?

  • a nationally known syndicated columnist from The Washington Post who critiques terrorism policy?

All this and more will be part of the 2002 Global Agenda lecture series on "Understanding International Terrorism Today," scheduled at 7:30 p.m. on selected Wednesdays, from Feb. 20 through May 8, in Room 128 Clayton Hall. The series is free and open to the public.

Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to learn from practitioners of political, diplomatic and military policy and from the media who cover international terrorism.

Opening the series on Feb. 20 will be Peter Bergen, author of the current best-seller "Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden" and the producer of CNN's 1997 ground-breaking interview with Osama bin Laden, who is now being hunted for organizing the Sept. 11 attacks and others. Bergen is one of the few Westerners who has actually met bin Laden. He has traveled frequently to Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan and Kashmir, where the al Qaeda network flourished. His topic will be "The Mind of a Terrorist."

For complete information on the series, speakers and dates, check the link from the University's home page at [www.udel.edu] or visit UDaily at [www.udel.edu/udaily].
- William Slawski