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Journalist to focus on terrorism, Nov. 21

Ahmed Rashid, an award-winning Pakistani journalist and author, will present a lecture titled "Afghanistan, Pakistan and Terror" at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Over the past 25 years, Rashid has been the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for several international news publications, including London's Daily Telegraph, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Wall Street Journal and The Nation. He is a regular contributor to the BBC and to CNN, and is the author of three best-selling books, including "Taliban: Islam, Oil and the New Great Game in Central Asia" (2000) and "Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia" (2002).

Rashid has earned numerous honors in the United States, Britain and Pakistan, including the 2001 Award for Courage in Journalism by the Human Rights Society of Pakistan. He established the Open Media Fund for Afghanistan in 2002, a nongovernmental organization that provides support for newspapers, magazines and other print media in Afghanistan. In September 2002 at the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he became the first journalist to address the U.N. General Assembly. He has lectured around the world on Islamic fundamentalism and South and Central Asian affairs.

The lecture is sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the Department of and Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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