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.

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January 18, 2016

On Saturday, January 16, Implementation Day for the Iran Nuclear agreement Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was preceded by a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran, and four Iranian-American hostages were released, including the Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian. In addition, young American researcher, Matt Trevithick, was also released. The release of Trevithick was especially meaningful for USIP’s distinguished scholar, Robin Wright, who is well known for her in-depth coverage of Iran and the region.


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.
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.
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.
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.