Robin Wright

joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center, and contributing writer for the New Yorker

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Robin Wright is a joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center, and a contributor to the New Yorker. She is a former long-time correspondent for the Washington Post and former public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Wright is the author of The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and US PolicyDreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East and Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World and The Islamists are Coming.

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I ran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that he would not be sitting down with his American counterpart at the UN General Assembly this week.

Are the U.S. and Iran inching closer to war?

I ran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that he would not be sitting down with his American counterpart at the UN General Assembly this week.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“False flag” reports, even outright deceptions, have led to some of America’s longest wars. New technology makes another disastrous mistake more likely than ever.

Can Fake News Lead to Real War?

“False flag” reports, even outright deceptions, have led to some of America’s longest wars. New technology makes another disastrous mistake more likely than ever.

from To the Point

President Trump has invited Iran to “pick up the phone and call” him. He’s also threatened the “end” of that country. It’s the latest act  in a long international drama.

Does the Trump White House want war with Iran?

President Trump has invited Iran to “pick up the phone and call” him. He’s also threatened the “end” of that country. It’s the latest act  in a long international drama.

from To the Point

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