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From the Iranian Revolution to the Kabul Withdrawal

October 20, 2021 |  12:15 - 1:30 pm  |  Zoom Webinar

On October 20, the Strauss Center welcomed Kim Ghattas, journalist, author, and analyst with more than twenty years of experience in print and broadcast media, covering the Middle East, international affairs, and US foreign policy. Ghattas, author of Black Wave, looked back at forty years of rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, unpacked the misconceptions that handicap America’s dealings with the region, and analyzed the interplay between the Saudi-Iran rivalry and American foreign policy. This virtual talk was part of our Brumley Speaker Series.


Kim Ghattas is a contributing writer for The Atlantic magazine and a non-resident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has reported for the BBC, the Financial Times and de Volkskrant. She is the author of Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Forty Year Rivalry that Unraveled Culture, Religion and Collective Memory in the Middle East, a New York Times notable book of 2020, and The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Powera New York Times bestseller. She serves on the board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut and on the board of directors of the organisation of Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). She was born and raised in Beirut.  

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