What Happens to Media Coverage of Conflicts After Everyone Leaves

Event Date: Monday February 23, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Walter Lippmann House, One Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution is pleased to present:

What Happens to Media Coverage of Conflicts
After Everyone Leaves?



Farnaz Fassihi

Senior Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal,
Nieman Fellow



Robert G. Lofits

Retired Foreign Service Officer,
Professor at Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University


Monday, February 23, 2015

4:30 – 6:00 PM

Nieman Foundation for Journalism
Walter Lippmann House
One Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA


About the speakers:

Farnaz Fassihi is senior Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and 2015 Nieman fellow at Harvard. She has lived overseas since 2002, covering wars and uprisings from Afghanistan to Iraq in the region. She served as the Journal’s Baghdad bureau chief and deputy Middle East Bureau Chief based in Beirut.

She is the author of a book about the Iraq War, Waiting for An Ordinary Day and has contributed essays to three other books on foreign policy and war reporting. Previously, she was a staff reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger and The Providence Journal. She has won numerous awards for her work, including two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Robert Kennedy Award, The Taylor Family Award, The Payne Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Ambassador Robert G. Loftis is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Oceania.  Over the course of his 32-year career he worked on political military affairs, the United Nations, human rights and democracy promotion, international health, flood and other emergency relief, and conflict resolution and stabilization efforts.  His last overseas posting was as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho: other recent assignments include Senior Advisor for Security Negotiations and Agreements (where he negotiated the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq), Senior Advisor for Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Deputy Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (National Defense University), and Acting Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.  He now teaches International Negotiations, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Diplomatic Practice at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.  Loftis earned his BA in Political Science from Colorado State University.


About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series: 

The 2014-2015 Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public PolicyThe Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for this year’s Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media”.

For more information, contact Donna Hicks at dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.


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