An expert on the financing of terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Terror Incorporated, Modern Jihad and Insurgent Iraq.
Sadanand Dhume is a journalist and writer with a longstanding interest in Asia. His book My Friend the Fanatic is a portrait of the world's most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, a nation once synonymous with tolerance that finds itself in the midst of a profound shift toward radical Islam.
They speak with George Negus about fundamentalism and whether Islam is compatible with democracy and economic development- Sydney Writers' Festival
Sadanand Dhume is a journalist and writer with a long-standing interest in Asia. He has recently completed a book on the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia.
As a former Indonesia correspondent of the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Asian Wall Street Journal in Jakarta, Sadanand covered Indonesia's economic, political, security, and social scene. Before that, he was the New Delhi bureau chief of FEER.
Loretta Napoleoni is the author of Rogue Economics and the bestselling Terror Inc.: Tracing the Money behind Global Terrorism, which has been translated into 12 languages.
She is an economist and has worked for international banks and financial organizations. One of the world's leading experts on money laundering and terror financing, she has worked as London correspondent and columnist for La Stampa, Le Monde and other newspapers.
A former Fulbright scholar, Napoleoni holds an MA in International Relations and Economics from SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and a MPhil in terrorism from the London School of Economics.
In the early 1990s, Napoleoni was one of the few people to interview the Italian Red Brigades. For her work as a consultant on the commodities markets, she traveled regularly to Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries, where she met senior financial and political leaders. She lives in London.
George Negus has made an enormous contribution to the Australian news landscape as founding presenter of 60 Minutes (1979-86) and Foreign Correspondent (1992-99). He also hosted the live-to-air Australia Talks series, where debates were held around national issues prior to the 2001 Federal election.
George’s trademark laid-back Aussie style continued as he fronted a prime time trends and issues program on the ABC called, appropriately, George Negus Tonight (2003-4). These days, his penchant for stirring the conversational pot flows through to his role on Dateline.
In his career, George Negus has amassed an extraordinary list of interviewees and profiles. He’s interviewed many Australian Prime Ministers, politicians, and newsmakers from around the globe and national icons including Cathy Freeman and Paul Hogan. In his incisive tracking of both the Middle East and Northern Ireland conflicts, he has spoken to world leaders and international peace-brokers.
Negus' passion for international affairs has also found expression in two recent books, The World From Italy (2001) and The World From Islam (2003). His talent for communicating global issues to an Australian audience is confirmed by the fact that both publications have become bestsellers.
Loretta Napoleoni holds up the republic of Iran as an example of compatibility between Islam and democracy and blames U.S. foreign policy missteps for allowing radical elements to gain political power and preventing the Iranian republic from moving towards better democratization.
Loretta Napoleoni argues that the years since 9/11 have been far less dangerous in terms of terrorism than the 1970s. She credits a politics of fear, created by western leaders following 9/11, for the disproportionately potent security climate and points to how the security obsession has spawned an entire industry.
Sadanand Dhume sees terrorist acts in the West declining in recent years as intelligence and police units become more skillful at thwarting attacks. However, within Muslim majority countries, fringe Islamist groups are steadily gaining political ground.