Lawrence Wright: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Lawrence Wright

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright for a discussion of his new book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. Included in the conversation are profiles of Mohammed Qutb, Osama Bin Ladin, and Dr. Ayman al-Zawarhiri. key figures in the radical jihadist movement that became Al Qaeda. Wright also reflects on the career of FBI agent John O'Neill who led the FBI search for terrorists within the United States and was killed` in the destruction of the Twin Towers.

KEYWORDS: Pulitzer Prize, Al Qaeda.

Khaled Ahmed: Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism

Khaled Ahmed

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler is joined by guest Khaled Ahmed, one of the best known political analysts writing in the Pakistani press, to discuss Pakistan and Islamic Fundamentalism.

KEYWORDS: Pakistan, South Asia.

William Pfaff: The End of the Cold War

William Pfaff

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes author and columnist William Pfaff for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy, U.S.- European relations and the end of the Cold War. Pfaff reflects on his intellectual odyssey and comments on the role of the press in shaping U.S.opinion toward world politics.

KEYWORDS: American Century.

Victor S. Navasky: Journals of Opinion and the Work of Democracy

Victor S. Navasky

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Victor Navasky, Publisher and former Editor of The Nation, for a discussion of the role of opinion journals in democracies. Navasky reflects on his life as a journalist, editor, and publisher.

KEYWORDS: Kennedy, Journals, Democracy, Censorship.

Timothy Garton Ash: Intellectual Odyssey

Timothy Gordon Ash

On this episode of Conversations with History, host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian and journalist Timothy Garton Ash who reflects on writing, the fall of communism, and the future shape of Europe.

KEYWORDS: Germany, Communism, Elberg Lecturers.

Thomas Goltz: Chechnya

Thomas Goltz

Thomas Goltz, writer of Chechnya Diary, discusses his experience as a war correspondent in Chechnya.

Josef Joffe: Power and Culture in International Affairs Part 2

Josef Joffe

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler continues his conversation with Die Zeit editor, Josef Joffe. In this episode, they discuss the U.S. role in the world.

KEYWORDS: Germany.

Josef Joffe: Power and Culture in International Affairs

Josef Joffe

UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks with Die Zeit editor Josef Joffe about his formative experiences and the role of culture in international affairs.

KEYWORDS: Germany.

Steve Coll: The Rise of Al Qaeda

Steve Coll

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Steve Coll, Pulitzer prize winning author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden for a discussion of how the superpower conflict in the last stages of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy before and after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the political dynamics of South Asia created the setting in which Islamic terrorism took root and flourished.

Sebastian Mallaby: Hedge Funds and the World Economy

Sebastian Mallaby

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Sebastian Mallaby, Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on
Foreign Relations, for a discussion of his new book, “More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite." Topics covered include: managing risk in international finance; the function and evolution of hedge funds; how the game is played; the changing relationship of hedge funds to international political and economic structures; the causes of the 2008 economic collapse; regulation and government intervention; and the future of...