News from the Bush School

Noted Correspondents to Speak About Al Qaeda Campaign

October 02, 2012

October 2, 2012

Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt, Pentagon correspondents for the New York Times and authors of COUNTERSTRIKE: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, will speak on Wednesday, October 10 at the Hagler Auditorium in the Annenberg Conference Center at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. They will discuss their book and will also share new information that has surfaced since the book’s release as well as insights into other Pentagon-related issues.

The presentation is sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs and will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Shanker and Schmitt are both experienced reporters on military and foreign affairs.  Shanker has been with the Times since 1997, where he now covers the Pentagon, the military and national security.  He has been Pentagon correspondent since 2001 and has been embedded several times with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Eric Schmitt is a senior writer who covers terrorism and national security issues.  Since 2007, he has reported on terrorism issues, including assignments to Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Schmitt and Shankar researched and wrote Counterstrike while both were writers in residence at the Center for New American Security.  The book was published in 2011 by Times Books and Henry Holt and Company.

The event is open to the public, however seating is limited.  A book signing will take place immediate after the presentation.  Those wishing to attend should call the Scowcroft Institute at 979-458-8015 or reply via the URL

For more information contact: Don Bailey, Assistant Director, Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)