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Our Author Series features authors and prominent journalists. Recent programs have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, women's leadership, and the Middle East. This series was launched in 2005 with NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

April 14, 2022 | Washington, DC | Online
Lessons from the Edge: A Conversation with Ambassador Yovanovitch
Marie Yovanovitch, former US Ambassador to Ukraine
Moderator: Linda Douglass, former ABC News Correspondent
Co-hosted with NYU Washington, DC
March 29, 2022 | Washington, DC | Online
The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel
Kati Marton, Author of The Chancellor
Moderator: Maureen White, WFPG Board of Directors
April 20, 2021 | Online
The Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices of a Country and its People

Tara Kangarlou, Author
Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times
March 15, 2021 | Online
Master Negotiator: The Role of James A. Baker III at the End of the Cold War

Diana Villiers Negroponte, Author
Frances Burwell, McLarty Associates
July 21, 2020 | Online
How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict

Nina Jankowicz, Author of How to Lose the Information War
Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post National Security Reporter
July 8, 2020 | Online
The Power of Diplomacy and Importance of Protocol

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Author of Protocol
Ambassador Dina Kawar, Ambassador of Jordan to the US
Ambassador Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica to the US
September 9, 2019 | Washington, DC
Putin's World: Against the West and with the Rest 

Angela Stent, Georgetown University 
Jill Dougherty, former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief and Correspondent
May 2, 2019 | New York, NY
Accelerating Impact with Social Innovation 

Ann Mei Chang, Author and Former USAID Chief Innovation Officer 
Mary Pflum Peterson, NBC News/Today Show
April 13, 2018 | New York, NY
May 14, 2018 | Washington, DC

Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World

Alyssa Ayres, Author and Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow
Elisabeth Bumiller, The New York Times (Moderator in DC) 
May 7, 2018 | Washington, DC
Beyond Castro: The Future of US Diplomacy in Cuba

Hon. Carlos Gutierrez, Former US Secretary of Commerce
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston, Author of Our Woman in Havana
Kezia McKeague, McLarty Associates (Moderator)
September 17, 2017 | Washington, DC
Fractured Continent: Europe's Crises and the Fate of the West

William Drozdiak, The Brookings Institution
Karen Donfried, The German Marshall Fund (Moderator)
March 6, 2017 | New York, NY
March 9, 2017 | Washington, DC

Madame President:
The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Helene Cooper, The New York Times
January 19, 2017 | Washington, DC
The New Sectarianism
The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shia-Sunni Divide

Author Geneive Abdo
July 12, 2016 | Washington, DC
The Fires of Spring: A Post-Arab Spring Journey through the
Turbulent New Middle East

Shelly Culbertston, the RAND Corporation
Co-hosted by the Embassy of Slovenia
November 6, 2015 | Washington, DC
Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose

Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Georgetown University
October 5, 2015 | New York, NY
Women on the Front Lines: Special Operations and America's New Rangers

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Council on Foreign Relations
Co-sponsored with the Institute of International Education
July 21, 2015 | Washington, DC
Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women
Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Council on Foreign Relations
July 22, 2014 | Washington, DC
Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe
Ritu Sharma, Women Thrive Worldwide
June 12, 2013 | Washington, DC
November 12, 2013 | New York, NY
Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism
Elizabeth Becker, Author and Journalist
Hosted by Consul General Koula Sophianou at the Cyprus House in NY
October 10, 2013 | Washington, DC
One Hundred Victories Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare
Linda Robinson, Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND
September 6, 2013 | New York, NY
What Does it Take to Compete in the Global Arena?
The Challenges for Mexico and Brazil

Diana Villiers Negroponte, The Brookings Institution
June 17, 2013 | New York, NY
Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the US, and the Road Ahead
Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Moderated by Diana Negroponte in DC and Patricia Ellis in NY
April 29, 2013 | Washington, DC
However Long the Night
A book by Aimee Molloy on Molly Melching's work
Molly Melching, Founder and Executive Director of Tostan
March 11, 2013 | New York, NY
On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future
Karen Elliott House, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal
Hosted by Diana Negroponte in DC and IIE in New York
June 14, 2012 | Washington, DC
Seeking Peace in El Salvador:The Struggle to Reconstruct
a Nation at the End of the Cold War

Diana Villiers Negroponte, Brookings Institution Nonresident Senior Fellow
Hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Maurice B. Tobin and the Honorable Henrietta Fore
January 27, 2012 | New York, NY
What the US Can Learn from China
Ann Lee, Author and Demos Senior Fellow
Held at Demos
October 19, 2011 | Washington, DC
November 10, 2011 | New York, NY

Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself
Pamela Constable, Author and Journalist
September 27, 2011| Washington, DC
Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama
Marvin and Deborah Kalb, Journalists and Co-authors
Hosted by WFPG Board Member Donna Constantinople
September 26, 2011 | New York, NY
October 5, 2011 | Washington, DC

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
Robin Wright, Author and Journalist
Hosted by WFPG Board Member Diana Villiers Negroponte
Co-sponsored with the Institute of International Education in New York
March 17, 2011 | Washington, DC
March 21, 2011 | New York, NY

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Council of Foreign Relations
Co-sponsored with the Institute of International Education in New York
September 16, 2010 | New York, NY
September 21, 2010 | Washington, DC

Generations's End: A Personal Memoir of American Power After 9/11
Scott Malcomson, New York Times Magazine
Co-sponsored with the Institute for International Education in New York
May 10, 2010 | Washington, DC
Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East
Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
Hosted by The World Bank
March 17, 2010 | Washington, DC
Eclipse of the Sunnis: Power, Exile, and Upheaval in the Middle East
Deborah Amos, National Public Radio
Held at The Offices of Finmeccanica North America
October 27, 2009 | Washington, DC
One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and
the Future of Foreign Policy

Dr. Allison Stanger, Middlebury College
Co-sponsored with NAFSA: Association of International Educators
October 7, 2009 | New York, NY
October 14, 2009 | Washington, DC

My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran
Haleh Esfandiari, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Hosted by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York
and by Board Chair Maxine Isaacs in Washington, DC
October 5, 2009 | Washington, DC
March 18, 2010 | New York, NY

Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up
to Leadership and Changing the World

Hon. Linda Tarr-Whelan, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow, and
Former Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women
September 14, 2009 | Washington, DC
Can Islam be French? Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State
John R. Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis
Held at the Embassy of Slovenia
June 17, 2009 | Washington, DC
October 21, 2009 | New York, NY

Insecurity in Central America:Organized Criminal Gangs & the Maras
Diana Villiers Negroponte, The Brookings Institution
Co-sponsored with the Institute for International Education in New York
February 18, 2009 | New York, NY
The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution
Daniel P. Erikson, US Policy Inter-American Dialogue
Co-sponsored with the Insitution of International Education
February 10, 2009 | Washington, DC
Foreign Policy and National Security Challenges for the Obama Administration
David Sanger, The New York Times
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
Held at The Cosmos Club
January 14, 2009 | Washington, DC
Breathing the Fire: Fighting to Report and Survive the War in Iraq
Kimberly Dozier, CBS News
Hosted by Board Member Susan Rappaport
September 11, 2008 | Washington, DC
October 27, 2008 | New York, NY
Tell Me How This Ends: General David Petraeus and the
Search for the Way Out of Iraq

Linda Robinson, Johns Hopkins University
Hosted by the Austrian Consulate in New York
June 19, 2008 | New York, NY
June 26, 2008 | Washington, DC

Re-engage! America and the World after Bush
Helena Cobban, Boston Review
Co-sponsored with the Institute for International Education in New York
June 13, 2008 | Washington, DC
The Cost of Counterterrorism: Power, Politics, and Liberty
Laura K. Donohue, CISAC and Standford Law School
May 13, 2008 | Washington, DC
Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East
Robin Wright, The Washington Post
Held at the Embassy of Slovenia
January 10, 2008 | Washington, DC
January 17, 2008 | New York, NY

Condoleezza Rice: An American Life
Elizabeth Bumiller, The New York Times
Hosted by Board Chair Maxine Isaacs in Washington, DC and
by the Austrian Consulate General in New York
October 30, 2007 | Washington, DC
January 7, 2008 | New York, NY

Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the
Twisted Path to Confrontation

Barbara Slavin, USA Today
October 4, 2007 | Washington, DC
China, Fragile Superpower: How China's Internal
Politics Could Derail Its Peaceful Rise
Susan Shirk, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State,
Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs
September 11, 2007 | Washington, DC
September 20, 2007 | New York, NY

Women, China, and International Relations in the Modern World
Priscilla Roberts, University of Hong Kong
Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, US-China Education Trust
June 14, 2007 | Washington, DC
The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family
Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Hosted by Board Member Donna Constantinople
April 25, 2007 | Washington, DC
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, American Enterprise Institute
Hosted by Board Chair Maxine Isaacs
January 16, 2007 | Washington, DC
Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, and Domstic Politics
Carol Lancaster, Georgetown University
October 30, 2006 | New York, NY
November 1, 2006 | Washington, DC

Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell
Karen DeYoung, The Washington Post
September 6, 2006 | New York, NY
The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban
Sarah Chayes, Former NPR Correspondent
Co-sponsored with the Institute of International Education
June 29, 2006 | Washington, DC
New News Out of Africa: Unconvering Africa's Renaissance
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, NPR Special Correspondent
November 21, 2005 | New York, NY
January 17, 2006 | Washington, DC

Talking Back: To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
Hosted by Board Chair Maxine Isaacs in Washington, DC