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Robin Wright

Distinguished Foreign Affairs Expert, Award-Winning Journalist and Author


Robin Wright has reported and served as a roving foreign correspondent from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, CBS News, Foreign Affairs, and many others. Until 2008, she covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. She is currently a senior fellow and distinguished scholar at the United States Institute of Peace.

Wright’s long list of awards include the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award for reportage from Iran in The New Yorker, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initia­tive" for her coverage of African wars. In addition, the American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year for her “distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs.”

Wright’s most recent book is Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic world, which explores the rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security threats throughout the Islamic world. Her other books include Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, which The New York Times and The Washington Post both selected as one of the most notable books of the year, and The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran, which was selected as one of the 25 most memorable books of the year 2000 by the New York Library Association.

As an author, Ms. Wright has been a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, Yale University, Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She lectures extensively around the United States and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and PBS programs, including “Meet the Press,” “Face the Nation,” the “Newshour,” and “Frontline.”

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