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Author to speak on 'Terror in the Name of God,' Oct. 16

Jessica Stern, a U.S. expert on terrorism, will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. She will speak on "Terror in the Name of God," the topic of her new book (HarperCollins, 2003).

Stern is a lecturer in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a faculty affiliate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. From 1994 to 1995, she served as director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council; from 1998 to 1999, she was the Superterrorism Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and from 1995 to 1996, she was a National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

For her book, which is subtitled "Why Religious Militants Kill," Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews and Muslims. In her extensive travels, she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common. She explains how terrorist organizations are formed by opportunistic leaders who use religion as both motivation and justification to recruit the disenfranchised.

Stern will be signing her book at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Princeton University Store. Her lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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