A contributing writer to The New Yorker and a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Robin Wright has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions, reporting from more than 140 countries on all seven continents for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, and Foreign Affairs.
Wright’s first piece on Iran won the National Magazine Award for best reporting. She has also received the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for international coverage, and the Overseas Press Club Award for the “best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative,” for her coverage of African wars. The American Academy of Diplomacy named her journalist of the year for “distinguished reporting and analysis of international affairs.” She also won the National Press Club Award for diplomatic reporting and has been the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant. She has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Wright is the author of several books, including Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, which was selected by The New York Times and The Washington Post as one of the most notable books of 2008. "Her 2011 book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World, was selected as the best book on international affairs by the Overseas Press Club."
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