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Robin Wright      

Award-Winning Journalist & Author

Robin Wright is a journalist, author, and foreign policy analyst, who has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her latest book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, won the 2012 Overseas Press Club Award for best book on international affairs. Her other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and US Policy and The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are.

Wright is a joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. She won the National Magazine Award for The New Yorker. She has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Foreign Affairs, and others.

Her foreign tours include five years in the Middle East, two years in Europe, seven years in Africa, and several years as a roving foreign correspondent. She has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions. She most recently covered US foreign policy for The Washington Post.

Wright has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth, and the University of California. She won the UN Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of foreign affairs, the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative," and the National Press Club Award for best diplomatic reporting. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year in 2004. She is also the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. Foundation grant.

She has been a television commentator on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, and MSNBC programs, including Meet the Press, Face the Nation, This Week, Nightline, Frontline, Charlie Rose, Larry King Live, Washington Week in Review, The Colbert Report, and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.

Speech Topics

The Future of the Middle East

Wright takes a look at the activists and movements now beginning to change the world's most volatile region. The challenges are still many. But almost a decade after the 9/11 attacks, a wide array of characters – from feminists and bloggers, thinkers and judges, religious leaders and students – are rejecting extremism while also challenging the status quo in unusual ways.

Obama's World: New approaches by a new administration

President Obama is changing America's dealings with the world on issues ranging from Iraq and Afghanistan, to Russia and China, and from energy to terrorism. Wright looks at the 10 pressing problems the new president will face around the world – and how his administration will tackle them.

The 21st-Century World: Challenges and Opportunities Ahead

As a journalist and author who has lived or traveled in over 140 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, Wright takes a look at trends around the world in the 21st century.

Iran: The Next Confrontation?

Thirty years after its Islamic revolution, Iran is more of a challenge than ever before because of its controversial nuclear program. Bush opted to use military might in Afghanistan and Iraq. How will Obama deal with the challenge of Iran, which has emerged as the superpower of the Middle East?

Women of the World

Women are one of the two most important engines of change worldwide in the 21st century. From a woman born into a Moroccan harem to a South African doctor taking on poverty and an Iranian human rights lawyer who won the Nobel Peace Prize, an eclectic array of women are redefining the goals and means of activism. Hear their stories from someone who has met them and can analyze what they mean for countries around the world.


Crisis in Iraq: Robin Wright, CFR's Les Gelb - Businessweek

... is steadily losing control of its territory. Journalist and author Robin Wright and Les Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, comment.

Obama, be upfront on Iraq - LA Times

RELATED: Obama vows 'justice' after militants kill U.S. journalist James Foley ... Robin Wright, author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the ...

Crisis in Iraq: Robin Wright, CFR's Les Gelb: Video - Bloomberg

We are joined by journalist and author Robin Wright and Les Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations. (Source: Bloomberg)

Tehran’s Promise The revolution’s midlife crisis and the nuclear deal.

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