Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 13
Senior editor of Trend’s English service Claude Salhani, who is also a political analyst and specializes in Middle East affairs and terrorism, presented his new book "Inauguration Day” in Baku.
Ambassadors of different countries to Azerbaijan, as well as diplomats and representatives of French Cultural Center in Baku attended the presentation.
In his speech, Salhani thanked Azerbaijan, where he has been working lately. At the event, Salhani also talked about his book and his exceptional experiences as a journalist.
"Inauguration Day” is Salhani’s fifth book, but his first novel. Earlier he published Black September to Desert Storm (1997), While the Arab World Slept: the impact of the Bush years on the Middle East (2009), Islam Without a Veil (2011) and was contributing author of The Iraq War (2002).
Salhani is a journalist, author, political analyst and TV and radio commentator is one of the most knowledgeable voices on the Arab-Israeli issues, the Greater Middle East, Central Asia, terrorism, and political Islam.
He has appeared on more than 40 networks including CNN, Fox, BBC, VOA, Al-Hurra (in Arabic), France 24 and Russia Today. His articles have been published in The New York Times, the Middle East Times, The Washington Post and the Washington Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Times (London), The San Diego Union Tribune, Foreign Service Journal, Middle East Policy Journal, Salon.com, The American Conservative, The National, Khaleej Times and many others. He has been working as the senior editor with Trend Agency in Baku since 2013.
Earlier he worked as political analyst for Oilprice.com; contributor to Huffington Post commentary pages and other free-lance assignments. Worked for United Press International Radio and The Washington Times Radio, produced and recorded a daily two-minute segment, The Middle East Minute.
Over the course of a 35-plus-year career he traveled to 86 countries reporting on major events. Previous posts included Beirut, Cairo, Brussels, Paris, London, Baghdad, Kuwait, New York, Washington, DC and Astana.
Salhani covered a dozen conflicts in the Middle East and Europe, including Arab-Israeli wars, Lebanese civil war, the Iranian revolution, the Iraq-Iran war, the deployment of the multinational force in Lebanon and the bombing of the US Marines barracks, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe, the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the first Gulf War.
As an analyst, he also wrote extensively on the events since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the ensuing wars in the Middle East and for about 12 years was published in the commentary pages of The Washington Times. Salhani was three times wounded and also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
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