Ian Buruma, Ziauddin Sardar, Jon Ronson
In his book, Occidentalism, Ian Buruma shows that the dehumanising picture of the West painted by its enemies is not a new phenomenon, though it cannot be attributed solely to either the right or left, nor to an Islamic source.
Buruma discussed with authors Ziauddin Sardar and Jon Ronson how these longstanding stereotypes fuel the hatred at the heart of movements such as Al Qaeda. They also explored the links between anti-American, anti- Western and antisemitic ideas.
Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in God’s Dust, A Japanese Mirror and Behind the Mask. His other books include Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania and Year Zero. Currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for the Humanities in Washington DC, he writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The FT.
Ziauddin Sardar is a broadcaster and critic. His books include Orientalism, and DesperatelySeeking Paradise: Journeys of aSceptical Muslim. He is co-author of Why Do People Hate America?Jon Ronson
Sir Lawrence Freedman is Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London. He was a member of the Chilcot Inquiry' into Britain and the 2003 Iraq War, and was the official historian of the Falklands Campaign. He has written extensively on nuclear strategy and the Cold War, and comments regularly on contemporary security issues. His book Strategy was a Financial Times and Economist book of the year; A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East won the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize and Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature.