Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East with journalist Robin Wright in conversation with KCRW's Warren Olney. This program is part of the Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD speakers and authors program.
Drawing on 35 years of reporting - through wars, revolutions and uprisings - one of America's most prescient journalists offers an insightful reckoning of the changes wracking the Middle East and their impact on its and America's future- Los Angeles Public Library
Warren Olney IV is the host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated PRI program To the Point as well as the long-running local affairs show Which Way, L.A.?, both of which originate at Santa Monica public radio station KCRW.
Robin Wright is a journalist and foreign policy analyst. Since October 2010, she has been a joint senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. During her fellowship, she will work on two books, Jihad Against the Jihad and The Iran Primer, the latter of which is about the thinkers and trends that will define the future of the Islamic world over the next decade.
Wright has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Sunday Times of London, CBS News and the Christian Science Monitor. Her foreign tours include the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and several years as a roving foreign correspondent. Wright has covered a dozen wars and several revolutions and most recently covered U.S. foreign policy for the Washington Post.
Among her many awards, Wright has received the U.N. Correspondent's Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award for reportage from Iran in The New Yorker, and the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative" for coverage of African wars. She has also been the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Wright has been a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Brookings Institution, Yale University, Duke University, Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lectures extensively around the United States and has appeared on programs on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and PBS.
Wright's books include The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran, Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam, Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World and In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade. She received both her master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Michigan.
Robin Wright has long been someone who is extraordinarily well-informed and thoughtful The challenge so many face and she meets so well is to see the world as it really is, not just through the lens of the culture in which one has grown up. Being objective while clearly also caring about the subject is essential, as is noticing the small details which so often give away what is happening in the country. Western interference over the centuries has been a long story of unintended consequences because of lack of understanding. We need to absorb these lessons.
The book is highly enjoyable and one of the most informative on current affairs and developing trends with in the Middle East/North Africa. Her analysis has often been correct days, months, and even years ahead of major events and occurrences. Highly recommended for all those looking for a broad understanding of the region, but not looking to digest large historic and statistical information found in in-depth history or political science literature. I do wish there was a much larger discussion on Turkey, from which the book's names derives. All in all, great program and fantastic book worth picking up and understanding for professionals in the military, government, aid organizations, and concerned citizens.