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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


May 7, 2014

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot - An Author Night with Masha Gessen

Author Masha Gessen discusses her acclaimed book on the Russian activist group Pussy Riot.


May 15, 2012

Food (In)Security - Food, Agriculture, and Development

Improving food security through empowering women and changing global food supply.

May 9, 2012

Food (In)Security - Food Security and Food Sovereignty

The challenges of institutionalizing food sovereignty.

April 30, 2012

Food (In)Security - Hunger and Nutrition

Addressing Food Insecurity in the United States/Protecting the Programs that Protect the Hungry

April 17, 2012 - May 22, 2012

Food (In)Security: Access, Equity, Frameworks

A CIS Spring Quarter series addressing the increasingly serious problem of global food insecurity.

April 17, 2012

The 2012 Farm Bill – Your Food, Your Water, Your Money: Why The Farm Bill Matters

In the first event of the Food (In)Security series, Ken Cook discusses the enormous challenges as Congress begins work to reauthorize the omnibus Farm Bill.

April 9, 2012

Iran, the West and Israel - Moving Toward a Decision

Tel Aviv University Professor Uzi Rabi discussed Iran's efforts toward regional hegemony and provided insight into the various scenarios the Israeli government is considering in response.

February 29, 2012

No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn

Charles Kupchan predicts the twenty-first century will not belong to America, China, Asia, or anyone else...

February 9, 2012

Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the U.S. and Started Prospering

Journalist Hal Weitzman will discuss South America's increased independence from the United States & the region's economic future.

January 25, 2012

The Future of the Eurozone: The European Project at a Crossroads

Austrian Consul General Thomas Schnöll will assess the broad effects of the monetary union's biggest monetary crisis since it was formed in 1999.

January 12, 2012

All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals

Human rights lawyer and diplomat David Scheffer will provide new insights into the continuing struggle for international justice.