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Political Salon: Understanding the Global World of Jihad

The American Council on Germany and Cultural Vistas will host a Political Salon with Souad Mekhennet, Washington PostCorrespondent and Author of I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. Happy Hour
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Discussion

Souad Mekhennet, a reporter who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa, and radical Islamic movements since shortly after September 11, is a correspondent for The Washington Post’s national security desk. She has also reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR, and she is the co-author of The Eternal Nazi, Children of Jihad, and Islam. She was one of two reporters who broke the story of Khaled el Masri’s rendition case and worked on a series called “Inside the Jihad,” where she and her colleagues interviewed members of radical jihadist organizations all over the world. Ms. Mekhennet was a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and she has been a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Policy at Harvard, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the Geneva Center for Security Policy. The daughter of a Turkish mother, and a Moroccan father, she was born and educated in Germany. She is an alumna of the ACG’s Young Leaders Study Group on the Future of Europe: Demographic Trends, Migration, and Social Cohesion.

political salon: promoting dialogue across generations. This series brings together a diverse group of younger and mid-career professionals for informal, open discussions on a range of current political, economic, and social topics in an increasingly interconnected global environment – with an emphasis on issues of concern for the transatlantic agenda. Speakers share brief remarks and engage in a dynamic discussion with participants. Each salon includes refreshments and networking opportunities.