Insight with Ahmed Rashid: The War against Islamic Extremism

Talk Thursday 3rd July, 2008

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Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist, based in Lahore, who writes for The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, BBC Online, and The Nation. His previous books include Jihad, Taliban, and The Resurgence of Central Asia. He appears regularly on NPR, CNN, and the BBC World Service.

Rashid was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1948 and was educated at Malvern College England, Government College Lahore and at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He lives in Lahore with his wife and two children.

Lyse Doucet is a presenter and correspondent for BBC World television and BBC World Service radio and is often deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field. In recent years, her work has taken her to India and Indonesia to present extensive coverage of the aftermath of the tsunami disaster, and to the West Bank city of Ramallah for the illness and death of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. She played a key role in the BBC’s coverage of the war in Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2001.