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NY Times reporter to discuss terrorism in US, abroad at ASU event

portrait of NY TImes reporter Eric Schmitt
March 16, 2015

New York Times reporter and author Eric Schmitt will be visiting Arizona State University March 25 to host a discussion about ISIS and Al Qaeda, both on American soil and abroad.

The lecture, titled "ISIS, Al Qaeda and Terrorist Threats to the U.S. at Home and Abroad," and a Q&A session will take place at 5 p.m., March 25, in the Memorial Union Pima Room on the Tempe campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Schmitt has covered military and national security affairs for 20 years. Since 2004, he has been reporting on domestic and international terrorism issues and has even spent some time on the ground reporting from various locations, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mali and Southeast Asia. Throughout his time as a reporter with The New York Times, Schmitt has been a part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams. One in 1999 for coverage in military technology in China, and one in 2009 for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Prior to the discussion, Schmitt will be signing his book “Counterstrike: the Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda.” In the book, Schmitt and co-author Thom Shanket write about a group of analysts and their innovative tactics and strategy for fighting terrorism. Books will be available for purchase.

ASU has a long relationship with The New York Times, most recently pairing up to provide staff, faculty and students of ASU free membership to its content. Sun Devils can access current event information as well as editorial content on, its mobile apps and international editions. This event is another way the two are working together to provide access to news.

For more information, visit the ASU Event page.

Erica May,
School of Politics and Global Studies