Ken Ballen has spent nearly two decades on the frontlines of law enforcement, international relations, intelligence oversight and congressional investigations. As a federal prosecutor, he also successfully convicted international terrorists and major figures in organized crime and international narcotics.
His book, Terrorists in Love, which profiles six men from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia, is the product of interviews with more than a hundred Islamic radicals, who answer questions on faith, their lives, and what ultimately drove them to jihad. It provides fresh insight into how al-Qaeda and its jihadist allies have manipulated young Muslim men into following a hateful and destructive ideology. While experts have addressed al-Qaeda’s recruitment and training process, Ballen’s work describes this terrorism phenomenon in the terrorists’ own words. Join us as he reflects, not only on his experiences and research, but also on the overarching questions about radical Islam and what a new understanding of it could mean for U.S. counterterrorism efforts.
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Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, The Heritage Foundation