Kenneth M. Pollack is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy. He began his career as a Persian Gulf analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and has served twice on the staff of the National Security Council including as Director for Persian Gulf Affairs. Pollack is the author of 8 books on the political, military and economic affairs of the Middle East. The newest is titled Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy. Pollack joins Bob to discuss his book and the latest on Syria.
Then, in her new book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, Karima Bennoune spotlights Muslim women and men who are challenging religious extremism in their own countries through artistic expression, journalism, grassroots organizing and public protest. Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis. She grew up in Algeria and the United States. This book was inspired by Bennoune’s father who faced death threats throughout the 1990s when he was an outspoken professor at the University of Algiers. [Broadcast Date: October 21, 2013]
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