Cover to Cover – Talk to the Authors | 2015-2016

The World Affairs Councils of America provides a monthly special program called “Cover to Cover” that features interactive phone conferencing with authors of global affairs related books. We thank them for their support and we are pleased to share this information with you here as a benefit of your affiliation with the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover is a monthly program featuring the most influential authors on subjects of national and international importance.


April 2016 Cover to Cover

marc-lynch-bookThe New Arab Wars: Uprisings and Anarchy in the Middle East by Marc Lynch

Professor Lynch teaches political science and international affairs at George Washington University. From 2009-2015 he served as director of the Institute for Middle East Studies. He is the founder and director of the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a non-resident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing editor at the Monkey Cage blog for the Washington Post. He is the co-director of the Blogs and Bullets project at the United States Institute of Peace. (Bio)

March 2016 Cover to Cover



How Japan Can Reinvent Itself and Why This Is Important for America and the World.

In 1979, the book Japan as Number One: Lessons for America by Harvard University professor Ezra Vogel caused a sensation in the United States by pointing out that Japan was surpassing America as world economic leader; the book remains to this day the all-time bestseller in Japan of non-fiction by a Western author. The book was timely: Japan’s subsequent “bubble era” of the 1980s saw the country booming. But since the economic bubble burst at the start of the 1990s, Japan has been in decline.

January 2016 Cover to Cover


January’s Cover to Cover  featured Thomas W. Lippman on his new book  Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World. Published January 2016

Lippman was a featured speaker at WACA’s 2015 National Conference. He is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, specializing in Saudi Arabian affairs, U.S.- Saudi relations, and relations between the West and Islam. He is a former Middle East bureau chief for The Washington Post, and author of numerous articles and books.

“Tom Lippman has provided the foundation for understanding what is happening [in the Middle East] today from the rise of ISIS to the collapse of the Arab Spring. And as an added benefit it is a good read for expert and novice alike.”—Edward S. Walker, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

November 2015 Cover to Cover

November 2015 – Cover to Cover – WACA’s November Cover to Cover Author Series featured Rena Pederson, award-winning journalist and former speechwriter for the Department of State on  The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Struggle for the Soul of a Nation. The call will take place on Thursday, November 5, at 2:00 PM ET. WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Rena Pederson, is a faculty member at Southern Methodist University. She previously served as Director of Communications for the National Math and Science Initiative and as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications at the U.S. Department of State, serving as a senior speechwriter. Pederson received national recognition for her role as a Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. She was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board for nine years and is the author of three books; her book “What’s Next?” was featured on the Oprah Winfrey television show.

October 2015 Cover to Cover: The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization

Author Steven R. Weisman is the Vice President at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

September 2015 Cover to Cover: Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11 

Author Robert Jordan is a diplomat in residence at the Middle East Institute and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

August 2015 Cover to CoverThe Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwindable ConflictsAuthor Dominic Tierney is a professor and contributing author to The Atlantic. Listen to a recording of the call here.

July 2015 Cover to CoverJewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in IranAuthor Nina Ansary is an Iranian-American historian and journalist most known for her work on gender equality in Iran. Listen to a recording of the call here.

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