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Robin Wright      

New Yorker Writer; Author of "Rock the Casbah;" Joint Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace & Woodrow Wilson Center

Robin Wright is journalist, author and analyst who has reported from more than 140 countries on all seven continents. She is currently a columnist for The New Yorker and a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For decades, she has reported on global issues, political trends, societal shifts, wars and revolutions for The Washington Post, CBS News, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London and many other publications. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Africa, with extensive travels in Latin America and Antarctica.

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 has been a frequent television commentator on all the major morning and evening newscasts on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN, and MSNBC, including major shows such as “Meet the Press,” “This Week,” “Face the Nation,” “Washington Week in Review,” the PBS “Newshour,” “Frontline,” “Nightline,” “Amanpour,” “The Colbert Report,” and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

She is the recipient of several awards, including the United Nations Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of international affairs, Journalist of the Year by the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Overseas Press Club Award for “best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative” for coverage of African wars, the National Magazine Award for her Iran reportage in The New Yorker, and the National Press Club award for best diplomatic reporting.

She is the author of eight books, including “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World,” which was selected as the best book on international affairs. Her other books include “Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World,” “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East,” “The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran,” “Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam,” and “In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade.” Wright is a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awardee.

Speech Topics

The Future of the Middle East

Wright takes a look at the activists and movements now struggling to change the world's most volatile region. Two decades 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.

On Iran

On Iran, 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. In 2015, Obama negotiated a nuclear deal between the world’s six major powers and Iran, which Trump abandoned in 2018. How will Biden 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 society’s goals. Hear their stories from someone who has met them and can analyze what they mean for countries around the world.

Washington’s World

The most powerful democracy faces extraordinary challenges in a polarizing world, with an ambitious China, an aggressive Russia, an increasingly well-armed Iran and an unpredictable North Korea. Wright explores America’s role in the world and its policies in handling the crises of our times.

Global Trends: What You Need to Know to Live and Adapt to our Historic Times

As a journalist and author who has lived or traveled in over 140 countries on all seven continents, Wright takes a look at political, economic, societal and military trendlines around the world in the 21st century—what you need to know to live and adapt to our historic times.


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

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