October “Cover to Cover” Author Conversation

Note: 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. [Check the “Cover to Cover” program page and the TNWAC Calendar for future events.]


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Cover to Cover

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

Offered as a benefit to all current WACA Member Councils, Cover to Cover conference calls are opportunities for Council leaders, members, and supporters to engage with esteemed authors on critical issues. Cover to Cover authors often welcome invitations to speak at Councils. In short, the WACA National Office covers a topic with an expert so that Councils may discover a speaker and cover the topic in even greater depth in their own communities, spearheading a national conversation.

October 2015 Cover to Cover

WACA’s October Cover to Cover Author Series will feature Steven R. Weisman, Vice President at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization.The Call will be held Tuesday, October 13, at 2:00 PM ET. WACA President Bill Clifford will moderate the call.

Steven R. Weisman, vice president for publications and communications, joined the Peterson Institute in 2008. He had previously been the chief international economics correspondent of the New York Times since 2006. He served as a member of the editorial board of the Times, specializing in politics and economics (1995–2002). His work has appeared in the Times Book Review, Times Magazine, and the paper’s news, features, and culture sections since 1968. Before serving as chief international economics correspondent, he was chief diplomatic correspondent and won the Edward Weintal Prize in 2004 for his reporting on diplomacy and international affairs, awarded by the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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

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

Listen to a recording of the call here.

August 2015 Cover to CoverThe Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable Conflicts

Author 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 Iran

Author 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.

June 2015 Cover to Cover: Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West

Author Walter Laqueur is a historian and political commentator.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

May 2015 Cover to Cover: Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars
Author Chris Woods is an investigative journalist and former senior BBC Panorama producer.Listen to a recording of the call here.
April 2015 Cover to CoverThe Powerhouse

A Financial Times Top 15 Pick of 2015

Author Steve LeVine is the Washington Correspondent for Quartz.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

March 2015 Cover to CoverBack Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotitations between Washington and Havana

A Foreign Affairs Book of the Year

Author Peter Kornbluh is a Senior Analyst and Director of the Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects at the National Security Archive.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

February 2015 Cover to Cover: Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

New York Times Editor’s Choice

Author Sarah Chayes is a Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program and the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

Listen to a recording of the call here.


January 2015 Cover to CoverOnce Upon A Revolution: An Egyptian Story

Author Thanassis Cambanis is a journalist specializing in the Middle East and American foreign policy and a fellow at The Century Foundation.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

Previously on Cover to Cover
December 2014 Cover to CoverAmerica in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder

Author Bret Stephens is a foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor for The Wall Street Journal and 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

October 2014 Cover to Cover: Outpost: life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy

Author Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

September 2014 Cover to CoverThe Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action

Author Dr. Mathew J. Burrows is a Director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

August 2014 Cover to CoverRestraint: A New Foundation for U.S. Grand Strategy

Author Barry Posen is a Ford International Professor of Political Science and director of the Security Studies Program at MIT.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

July 2014 Cover to CoverNo Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

Pulitzer Prize finalist, National Book Award finalist, winner of the Ridenhour Prize

Author Anand Gopal is a New America Foundation fellow and journalist.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

June 2014 Cover to CoverThe Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

Author Russell Gold is a Senior Energy Reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

May 2014 Cover to CoverThe System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression 

Author Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Listen to a recording of the call here.

April 2014 Cover to Cover: Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping

Author David M. Lampton is the director of China studies at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Listen to a recording of the call here.

March 2014 Cover to CoverA Case for Climate Engineering
Author David Keith ia a professor of applied physics and professor of public policy at Harvard University.
Listen to a recording of the call here.
Author Marwan Muasher is the former Foreign Minister of Jordan and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Listen to a recording of the call here.
Author Peter W. Singer is a senior fellow and director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings Institution.
Listen to a recording of the call here.

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