Program 463: Understanding ISIS; The War Reporter
Release Date: 11-12-2016
A leading international expert on terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni, tells us what she's learned about ISIS and their battlegrounds in the Middle East. Also, retired war reporter Martin Fletcher discusses his novel about what might have happened differently in Bosnia in the 1990s.
- Loretta Napoleoni, author of "The Islamist State," "Merchants of Men," "Terror Incorporated," and other related titles (Seven Stories Press)
- Retired foreign correspondent Martin Fletcher, author of "The War Reporter" (Thomas Dunne Books)
- Loretta Napoleoni is one of the world's leading experts who "follows the money" in understanding the growth of jihadist terrorism, and consults world leaders on combatting such organizations as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. She's written several best selling books on the economics of terrorism, including "Terror Inc." and "The Islamist Phoenix." Her latest book, "Merchants of Men," focuses on how funds from kidnapping and trafficking in refugees is financing the Islamic State.
- Her books are listed and summarized at the Amazon and Seven Stories Press websites.
- Loretta Napoleoni gave a TED talk in 2009 on "The Intricate Economics of Terrorism."
- The self-declared leader of the Islamic State terrorists, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, broke his silence of nearly a year on November 2, 2016.
- BBC News discusses the different names people use to refer to the "Islamic State" terrorist operatives.
- The text of President Obama's 2009 speech at Cairo University, which inspired many young Arabs to demonstrate for more democratic governments. Video of his address is archived at C-Span.
- The latest novel by Martin Fletcher is "The War Reporter." It takes place during the 1990s war in Bosnia. His earlier novel, "Jacob's Oath," was a National Jewish Book Award winner.
- Martin Fletcher also describes what he found on a walk down the Mediterranean coast of Israel in "Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation." He provides tales from his journalism career in the world's hot spots in his 2008 title, "Breaking News."
More with Martin Fletcher - More with foreign correspondent Martin Fletcher, who covered the Balkan Wars in the 1990s for NBC-TV. A caller from British Columbia asks why there are still more signs of the war in Bosnia-Herzogovina than in Croatia, and notes that he found Bosnia to be a worthwhile destination on a recent trip. They explore how the reconciliation of former enemies, as in the former Yugoslavia, might provide a model for peaceful co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. (runs 7:59)