Reporters Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins detail the sequence of events that allowed one man to lay the groundwork for Pakistan to become a nuclear-armed country. According to their book, The Nuclear Jihadist, the acquisition of nuclear technologies and expertise to assemble functioning bombs by Iran, Libya, North Korea, and Pakistan, can be traced to one source: Abdul Qadeer Khan. From his earliest days working in a Dutch research laboratory through his flight to Pakistan to spearhead its nuclear program, US and foreign intelligence authorities watched A.Q. Khan and could have stopped him from smuggling technology and blueprints to other countries, but as the authors claim were thwarted or ignored by political leaders who chose to concentrate on what they believed to be more immediate strategic priorities- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Catherine Collins has been a reporter for the Chicago Tribune and she has written for the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. She has authored several books with her husband, Douglas Frantz, including Celebration and Death on the Black Sea.
Charles L. Frankel
Charles L. Frankel is principal of Frankel International Development Organization. He earlier was senior consultant to CIVICUS, a global NGO, and president of the International Development Conference.
Prior to that, he was director of community support for the InterPacific Group (1987-94). He has had extensive experience as an entrepreneur and manager in private, public and non-profit enterprises, as well as significant involvement in community development in the United States and abroad.
A member of the Bretton Woods Committee, Mr. Frankel serves as Chair of the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and National Peace Corps Association and Board of Advisors of the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California. Mr. Frankel is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana.
Douglas Frantz is a senior writer at Portfolio magazine. He is a former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times, and he was an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent there and for the New York Times. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won several honors for his investigative reporting.