About the Speaker

Robin Wright is a journalist, author and foreign policy analyst. She is currently a USIP Senior Fellow Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar.

During her fellowship, Wright has worked on three books: Rock the Cashbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World (2011), The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy (2010), and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are (2012).

Her projects explore new trends in the Islamic world--the Arab revolts, the rise of political Islam and the counter-jihad against extremism. She also identifies issues that will define the next decade, when the Middle East’s transformation will be a major policy challenge for the United States and the West.

Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News and The Christian Science Monitor. She won the National Magazine Award for The New Yorker. She has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The International Herald Tribune and many others. She was a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and spent several years as a roving correspondent in Asia and Latin America. She most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post. Besides a long career in journalism, Wright has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Stanford, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California. Wright received her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.