Foreign affairs expert to examine U.S.-Iranian relations

Robin Wright and the Azadi Tower in Tehran.

Foreign affairs analyst Robin Wright will discuss U.S.-Iranian relations as a Poynter Fellow on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m in the Luce Hall auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Wright is a scholar of international relations. She has reported from more than 140 countries on 6 different continents for The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She previously was a foreign correspondent in Latin America and Asia. In 2004, she was selected by the American Academy of Diplomacy as journalist of the year for her work on international affairs. The U.N. Correspondents Association has also awarded Wright a Gold Medal for her international affairs analysis. She has been recognized by the National Press Club, the Overseas Press Club, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. As early as 1975, she was awarded an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship for her writing about the dismantling of Portugal’s colonies in Africa.

Wright is also very involved in policy. She has previously been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and other institutions. Her policy work is primarily concerned with conflict analysis and prevention, violent extremism, and religion.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Jamil Anderlini, Aurthur Pratt, Kathleen Hall Jamison.

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