The Backstory to the Islamic State, Assad and U.S. Policy—A Reporter's First Hand View


Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 12:30pm to 2:30pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Middle East Forum is pleased to present

Inside SyriaReese Erlich
Investigative journalist, author, and Peabody Award winner

Excerpt from The Syrian Labyrinth, by Conn Hallinan,
"Reese Erlich’s informative and insightful book Inside Syria (Prometheus, 2014) brings to mind the Greek myth of a vast maze under the palace at Knossos, with one exception: King Minos’ labyrinth on Crete concealed a single Minotaur, whereas Syria is teeming with the beasts.

Erlich has spent almost three decades reporting from the Middle East, and he brings his considerable knowledge of the region into this analysis of the Syrian civil war. A winner of the Peabody Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ explanatory journalism award for his radio documentary “Inside the Syrian Revolution,” Erlich combines on-the-ground reporting with an encyclopedic background in the region’s history. It is a combination that is particularly useful for a subject as complex and nuanced as the current war—one that has gradually drawn in Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and the monarchies of the Persian Gulf, along with the United States, France, and Britain..." Click here for more.

Contact: Liz Flanagan