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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


January 15, 2015

After the Revolution: Youth, Democracy and the Politics of Disappointment in Serbia

Anthropologist Jessica Greenberg sheds light on the challenges and experiences that follow revolutionary change.

March 1, 2015

Ghosts of Amistad - Film Screening and Q&A with Marcus Rediker

A documentary on the legacies of the Amistad Rebellion and the slave trade in Sierra Leone


October 23, 2012

The Caucasus Region at the Geopolitical and Security Crossroads

Sergey Markedonov, visiting fellow in the Center for Strategic and International Studies Russia and Eurasia Program

October 17, 2012

After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Douglas Foster, Associate Professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism

October 9, 2012

The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age

Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at The University of Chicago

May 22, 2012

Food (In)Security - Governance and Accountability

Transparency and Accountability: Have the G8 achieved it?

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

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 17, 2012 - May 22, 2012

Food (In)Security: Access, Equity, Frameworks

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

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.