Please join the CSIS Transnational Threats Project from 4-6PM on June 21st for a discussion on Souad Mekhennet’s book “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journal Behind the Lines of Jihad.” The discussion will take place on the first floor of CSIS’ headquarters.
The daughter of Muslim immigrants to Germany, Souad Mekhennet is a renowned reporter who has traveled around the world to investigate extremism and salafi-jihadists first-hand. As both a westerner and a Muslim, Souad Mekhennet “has sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures, which too often misunderstand each other.” From the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 hijackers were radicalized to Iraqi cities plagued by sectarian discord, Mekhennet brings the reader through her first-hand experiences behind the lines of jihad. This book gives groundbreaking insight into the motivations, lifestyles, and stories of current day Salafi-jihadists with whom Mekhennet has come into direct contact.
We hope you can join our discussion on the book and its implications for policymakers, analysts, and the wider international community battling extremism today.