Robin Wright

Distinguished Scholar

Robin Wright, a journalist and author, is a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times, and CBS News.  She has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Foreign Affairs and others.  She won the National Magazine Award for The New Yorker. Her Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World won the 2012 Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. Her eight other books include The Iran Primer: Power, Politics and U.S. Policy and The Islamists are Coming: Who They Really Are.

Wright has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, Stanford, Dartmouth and the University of California. She won the U.N. Correspondents Association Gold Medal for coverage of foreign affairs, the Overseas Press Club Award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative," and the National Press Club Award for best diplomatic reporting. The American Academy of Diplomacy selected her as the journalist of the year.


Robin Wright
December 1, 2010
The Iran Primer offers a comprehensive but concise overview of Iran’s politics, economy, military, foreign policy, and nuclear program. This volume includes top-level briefings by fifty of the world's leading experts on Iran—both Western and Middle East—from some 20 foreign policy think tanks, eight universities, and six U.S. administrations.
Robin Wright
December 18, 2012
A new peace brief by Robin Wright and Garrett Nada provides an overview of four “Arab Spring” uprisings and a look ahead to the challenges of 2013.
Robin Wright
April 18, 2012
The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring. In this book, Robin Wright offers an overview and 10 experts identify Islamists in Algeria, Egypt (two), Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian territories, Syria, and Tunisia. Each chapter is designed to help both a general audience and specialists.
Robin Wright
December 15, 2009
On December 15, 2009, senior fellow Robin Wright testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran. On the same day, USIP Fellow George Lopez testified on the likely impact additional sanctions could have inside Iran and what tools the U.S. should use to best achieve its goals.

Articles & Analysis by this Expert

January 30, 2015
Robin Wright

Talks between Iran and six major powers—the U.S., the U.K., China, France, Germany and Russia—seek a framework agreement by March 24 with technical details by June. But leaders on all sides face intense—and sometimes harrowing—domestic pressure from opponents who fear a final agreement will give away too much. Robin Wright, an author and distinguished fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, explores the dynamics of the diplomacy.

June 24, 2014
Manal Omar, Rachel Brandenburg, Robin Wright, Sarhang Hamasaeed
May 9, 2014
Robin Wright
January 9, 2014
Robin Wright, William B. Taylor

In the News

March 19, 2015

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