Speaker(s): Nir Rosen
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges
Recorded on 26 November 2012 in Old Theatre, Old Building.
Journalist Nir Rosen spent eight months in Syria during the current uprisings with unprecedented access to all parties to the conflict, from opposition leaders and activists on the ground, to insurgent leaders and fighters on the ground, to Syrian army, security and loyalist militias (leaders and fighters on the ground). He spent a lot of his time in cities and villages in Daraa, Damascus and its suburbs, Homs, Hama, Tartus, Latakia, Idlib and Aleppo city, talking with Christians, Druze and Ismailis as well as Sunnis and Alawites.
Born in New York in 1977, Nir Rosen began reporting in Iraq in April 2003 where he has spent most of the last 10 years. He has also reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the former Yugoslavia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Turkey and Egypt. He has written for magazines such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and most major American publications. He has filmed documentaries and consults for international NGOs on the Middle East. His first book, In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq was published in 2006. His new book Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America’s Wars in the Muslim World was published in 2010 and is about occupation, resistance, sectarianism and civil war from Iraq to Lebanon to Afghanistan. Rosen is currently a fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.