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The World Beyond the Headlines

Speakers at past World Beyond the Headlines events include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, journalists Neil MacFarquhar and James Fallows, economist Jeffrey Sachs, and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The current schedule is posted quarterly here on the CIS website. Registration is recommended to ensure seating. Questions, comments, or suggestions for future World Beyond the Headlines events can be sent to


April 6, 2015

Russia's Real Stake in Ukraine

Journalist and Russia expert David Satter discusses the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

May 7, 2015

Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars - An Author Night with Chris Woods

Journalist Chris Woods examines the US military's secretive, controversial and expanded use of armed drones.

May 21, 2015

Migrant Labor, Human Rights: Nepalis in the Gulf States

Journalist Anup Kaphle on economic migrants in the Gulf States.


February 11, 2014

The Syria Dilemma: A Conversation with Danny Postel, Afri Jalabi and Bernardine Dohrn

Three longtime writers and activists discussed the origins and contours of the Syrian conflict and recent international efforts in solidarity with the Syrian people.

February 5, 2014

The U.S., Russia, and Bridging the East-West Divide

As attention turned to Russia and the Sochi Olympics, Ambassador Ian Kelly discussed US-Russia relations.

January 13, 2014

Afghanistan: A Distant War

Journalist Robert Nickelsberg examines the history and legacies of war in Afghanistan through 25 years of photographs.

November 12, 2013

Justice Interrupted: The Past and Future of Democracy Movements in the Middle East

Historian Elizabeth F. Thompson Discussed the Struggle for Constitutional Government in the Middle East

October 21, 2013

The Local Cost of Global Goods: Pulitzer Fellows Report

Pulitzer Center grantee Steve Sapienza and student fellow Linda Qiu (AB '14) discuss their reporting on human impacts of mining and resource extraction.

April 22, 2013

The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia

Professor Andrei Lankov discussed life and politics in contemporary North Korea.

April 15, 2013

Money and Sustainability: The Missing Link or Why We Need a Monetary Ecosystem

Dr. Stefan Brunnhuber discussed the system of central banks and argued for a "monetary ecosystem" of multiple currencies.

April 11, 2013

Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives, Their Country, and Their Future-and Why America Should Listen

Journalist Peter Eichstaedt described his encounters with Afghans from all walks of life, and what we can learn from them.

February 25, 2013

Legitimate Target: A Criteria Based Approach to Targeted Killing

Amos Guiora, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

February 12, 2013

Extractive Industries: Global Goods, Local Costs

A discussion with two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantees.