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Robin Wright

USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar
Middle East Program

Contact Information:
T 202-320-0888 // F 202-691-4001
Security and Defense
International Security
U.S. National Security
U.S. Foreign Policy
Middle East and North Africa
Palestinian Authority
Saudi Arabia
Journalist and Author/Editor of eight books, most recently editor of "The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are"
Wilson Center Project(s):
"The Middle East at a Crossroads—from North Africa to the Persian Gulf”
Oct 01, 2010
Sep 30, 2016

Robin Wright is a journalist, author and foreign policy analyst. She is currently a USIP Senior Fellow-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar.

Her projects explore new trends in the Islamic world--the Arab revolts, the rise and fall of political Islam, and future of the Middle East, and new U.S.-Iran diplomacy.  She identifies issues that will define the next decade, when the Middle East’s transformation will be a major policy challenge for the United States and the West.

Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington PostLos Angeles TimesThe Sunday Times of London, CBS News and The Christian Science Monitor.  She won the National Magazine Award for The New Yorker. She has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The International Herald Tribune and many others.  Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa and several years as a roving foreign correspondent in Latin America and Asia.  She most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for The Washington Post.  Besides a long career in journalism, Wright has been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale University, Duke University, Stanford University, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Southern California.  Wright received her M.A. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Major Publications

  • "Rock the Cashbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World." (2011).
  • "The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy." (2010).
  • “The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are.” (2012).
Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
Sept 1, 2008 - Jan 1, 2012

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