America’s involvement in the Middle East has defined the first decade of foreign relations in the 21st century. Headline-making moments include the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s government, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and the death of Osama bin Laden. Few journalists have been better positioned to share these complicated and challenging stories with American readers than Rajiv Chandrasekaran, senior correspondent and associate editor of the Washington Post and author of the award-winning book Imperial Life in the Emerald City. Chandrasekaran has spent much of the past 12 years in the Middle East. His insightful, front-line reporting on America’s efforts to rebuild Iraq and the resulting movie, The Green Zone, offered an important if problematic vision of the American military. Join him as he turns his reportorial eye to the behind-the-scenes struggle between President Obama and the military to reconstruct Afghanistan in his new book Little America: The War within the War in Afghanistan.
This program is generously underwritten by Anita and Prabha Sinha.
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Rebecca J. Scott is distinguished university professor of history and professor of law at the University of Michigan. Her book Degrees of Freedom: Louisiana and Cuba After Slavery received the Frederick Douglass Prize in 2006. She teaches on slavery, emancipation, and citizenship and her articles have appeared in the Michigan Law Review, the Law and History Review, and the Journal of American History. Her most recent work, co-authored with Jean Hébrard, is Freedom Papers: An Atlantic Odyssey in the Age of Emancipation.
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