Don't miss Nation Books author and Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow Jeremy Scahill at The New School in New York City. Scahill will be in conversation with Spencer Ackerman, the current national security reporter and blogger for Wired magazine and the incoming national security editor for the Guardian.
In Scahill's newest book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield (Nation Books, April 2013), he takes us inside America's new covert wars. The foot soldiers in these battles operate globally and inside the United States with orders from the White House to do whatever is necessary to hunt down, capture, or kill individuals designated by the president as enemies. Drawn from the ranks of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, former Blackwater and other private security contractors, the CIA's Special Activities Division, and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), these elite soldiers operate worldwide, with thousands of secret commandos working in more than one hundred countries. Funded through "black budgets," Special Operations Forces conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, snatch and grab individuals, and direct drone, AC-130 and cruise missile strikes. While the Bush administration deployed these ghost militias, President Barack Obama has expanded their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.
Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that "the world is a battlefield," as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. Through his brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
Kirkus Reviews says Dirty Wars is, "A surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material."
Jeremy Scahill is the National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and the author of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Nation Books, 2007). He has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere across the globe. He is also a producer and writer of the film Dirty Wars, selected for the US documentary competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. We'll kindly ask anyone with saved seats to give them up to those waiting in line five minutes before the event begins. Doors open at 6:30pm. Audience questions will follow the discussion and books will be available for purchase. There will also be a book signing.
Co-sponsored by the Nation, Haymarket Books, Democracy Now, Civic Bakery, The Center for Constitutional Rights, The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the NYU School of Law, The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University, the New School, Democrats.com
To visit the official Dirty Wars website, click here.
|Start:||May 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM|
|End:||May 31, 2013 at 9:00 PM|
|Where:||66 W 12th St
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
New York, NY 10011