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How the World Views US Democracy

Foreign correspondents explain the global reaction to insurrection at the US capitol, impeachment, and a new administration.
Richard C. Longworth
Nadia Bilbassy-Charters
Lalit K. Jha
Cecilia Khavar
Larry Madowo
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About this Event

Reporting from DC and New York to audiences as far as Delhi and Nairobi, foreign correspondents are tasked with translating America to the rest of the world. Over the past four years, international audiences have increasingly tracked US domestic politics as global news. What perspectives can the foreign press corps offer on how current affairs have affected US global standing, and how has the insurrection and inauguration been covered and consumed worldwide? Tune in for a live account from the people who portray America to the world, moderated by Richard C. Longworth.

Reflect & Respond

Council Members are invited to join a private session reflecting shortly after the program to share their perspective of events this month in the United States. To join, select "Reflect & Respond: Council Members" on the "Session Registration" page when registering. Not a member? Learn more about membership.

Event Schedule

Time Agenda
11:30 am CST Discussion
12 noon CST Audience Q&A
12:15 pm CST Public program adjourns
12:20 pm CST Members-only "React and Reflect"
About the Speakers
Distinguished Fellow, Global Cities
Council expert Richard C. Longworth
Richard Longworth is a distinguished fellow on global cities at the Council and is the author of "Chicago and the World." For 20 years, Longworth was a foreign correspondent and served four years as the Chicago Tribune’s chief European correspondent. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, has won the Overseas Press Club award twice, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize twice.
Council expert Richard C. Longworth
Washington, DC Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya
Headshot of Nadia Bilbassy-Charters
Nadia Bilbassy-Charters is the Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief at Al Arabiya, and has been in D.C. since 2003. A foreign correspondent with over 20 years’ experience, she previously reported from Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, Congo and Eritrea and covered the Iraq War.
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Chief US Correspondent, Press Trust of India (PTI)
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Lalit K. Jha is the chief US correspondent for the Press Trust of India (PTI), covering the White House, Department of State, Pentagon, and Congress. Before coming to Washington for PTI in 2009, he reported from New York and covered the United Nations for various Indian publications including the Indian Express, and IANS.
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US Correspondent, Swedish National Public Radio
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Cecilia Khavar is the US correspondent for Swedish National Public Radio (SR). Prior to her post in Washington, DC, she was the head of "Ekots livegrupp," and was a producer and co-founder of USApodden, Sweden’s largest podcast on American politics.
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North America Correspondent, BBC World News
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Larry Madowo is North America correspondent for BBC World News. He was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2020. Madowo's career has included stints in New York, Nairobi, London, and Johannesburg as an anchor and correspondent.
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