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Winning The Minds: Travels through the terrorist recruiting grounds of Yemen, Pakistan, and the Somali border Paperback – August 27, 2012
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About the Author
Francisco Martin-Rayo holds a BA in international relations and a BSc in economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was an International and Global Affairs Fellow. He is an expert in counter-radicalization and public diplomacy programs and his work has been published by Foreign Policy magazine, The Guardian newspaper, and Harvard University.
Top Customer Reviews
Martin-Rayo is multilingual (including Arabic) and was able to get into the inner aspects of such frightening places as Dadaab, Kenya, dominated by al-Shabaab, the most recent al-Qaeda franchisee; Peshawar, Pakistan, the site of terrifying camps where the Taliban actively recruits fighters; and Kharaz in southern Yemen in the heart of Al-Qaeda territory. His writing is rich in tales of the dangers and the arrests he endured, but it is also filled with some of the most humanistic and at times humorous insights as to why young children are recruited to be terrorists. Example: a young student when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up answered `I want to join Al-Qaeda. Because they are winning in Somalia. Because I want peace, I want to go back home, and you have to choose a side.'
From there Martin-Roja gradually details his analysis of the US counterterrorism policy. 'I am by no means advocating that America's counterterrorism efforts should focus exclusively on combating ideological extremism through educational initiatives, nor do I believe that the United States should base its national security on humanitarian concerns.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been searching high and low for a book that I can just hand to people who say flippant things about people from these cultures. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alexandria N Werner
Good read all the way through. This is how you find out the truth, if you really do the work ? If this is verified as true everyone in the state dept. and the U.N. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I read the book almost at once, as I really enjoyed the travelogue style of the research. The author vividly describes his experience with local people, their hospitality, troubles... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Ieva Kun
For all who care about the world community as a whole, (and isn't this all of us?) "Winning The Minds" is essential reading. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Tich
Francisco's traveling sounds real. I am particularly interested in hearing what the Somalis are doing because I was born in Somalia and I know the people.Published on March 10, 2013 by Lucy Pharr
In Winning the Minds, Martin-rayo has capably addressed the hefty topic of terrorist recruitment of refugees with the ease of a travel guide. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Patrick R Adelsbach
Brilliant work by the author and an eye-opening account. This is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the ground realities of countering terrorism. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Abhishek
This book is addicting as hell. Forget about all the other boring ways to learn about the middle east and international relations. Wake up people! Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Ivan