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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, 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

The Pipeline of Dreams: Nepali Workers and the Promise and Peril of Migrant Labor

Journalist Anup Kaphle on economic migrants in the Gulf States.


February 12, 2013

Extractive Industries: Global Goods, Local Costs

A discussion with two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantees.

January 31, 2013

Shale Gas: From Poland to Pennsylvania

A conversation with freelance journalist, Dimiter Kenarov

January 14, 2013

Social and Biological Impacts of Rising Seas and Reduced Lake Levels

An evening at the Shedd Aquarium with some of the world's experts on the effect of changing water levels on Chicago and the globe.

December 3, 2012

CANCELED - Transatlantic Relationship after the US-Presidential Election: A New Path or Business as Usual?

Harald Leibrecht - Member of German Parliament and Coordinator of Transatlantic Cooperation in the Federal Foreign Office

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.