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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 21, 2015

POSTPONED - Nepali Workers and the Promise and Peril of Migrant Labor

Journalist Anup Kaphle on economic migrants in the Gulf States.

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.

April 6, 2015

Russia's Real Stake in Ukraine

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

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

January 30, 2015

Mental Health in the War on Terror: Culture, Science, and Statecraft

Psychiatrist Neil Aggarwal investigates how the War on Terror has generated new forms of mental health knowledge and practice.

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.

October 28, 2014

Meeting China’s Environmental Crisis: Religion’s Unlikely Role

Experts discussed environmental issues in China and the place of religion in responding to the nation's environmental challenges.

October 15, 2014

India Votes: Making Free and Fair Elections in the World’s Largest Democracy

A conversation with Navin B. Chawla, former Chief of the Election Commission of India.

May 14, 2014

Alan Weisman on Population Growth's Challenge to Sustainability

Acclaimed author Alan Weisman spoke on his new book, "Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth."

May 7, 2014

Masha Gessen & Bernardine Dohrn on Pussy Riot

Author Masha Gessen in conversation with Bernardine Dohrn about her acclaimed book on the Russian activist group Pussy Riot.