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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 22, 2014

Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East

Brookings Institution Fellow Shadi Hamid discusses his new book on current Middle Eastern politics

April 17, 2014

The Abominable Crime - Film Screening and Q&A with Micah Fink

Pulitzer Center grantee Micah Fink screens his film on the struggle against homophobia in Jamaica

February 18, 2014

Journalism in a Land of Few Facts

A Conversation with Jodi Rudoren, The New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief

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.