Meet our Next Speaker
Monday, February 6, 2017
Topic: Immigration and the US-Mexico Partnership
Julia Preston was a member of The New York Times staff that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on international affairs for its series that profiled the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.
Ms. Preston became a national correspondent covering immigration for The Times in April 2006. She was a federal courts reporter from May 2004 to March 2006. Previously she was deputy investigations editor from March 2003 to April 2004. Prior to that, she had been United Nations bureau chief from October 2002 to February 2003, covering the Security Council deliberations on Iraq. From January to September 2002, Ms. Preston was an editor on the Foreign Desk in New York. From September 1995 to December 2001, she was a New York Times correspondent in Mexico.
Ms. Preston came to The Times in July 1995 after working at the Washington Post for nine years as a foreign correspondent. She is a 1997 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize for distinguished coverage of Latin America and a 1994 winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanitarian Journalism.
She covered the United Nations for The Post from January 1993 to May 1995, a period that included crises in Bosnia, Somalia, North Korea, Rwanda and Iraq. She was a Post Latin America correspondent based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1990 to 1992, covering the impeachment of President Fernando Collor de Mello.
Previously Ms. Preston was the Washington Post bureau chief in Miami from 1986 to 1989, covering wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala and the conflict between the United States and Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega, as well as Cuba and Haiti. Before that Ms. Preston had worked for The Boston Globe and National Public Radio.
Ms. Preston is the author, with Samuel Dillon, of Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004), which recounts Mexico’s transformation over three decades from an authoritarian state into a democracy.
Born in Lake Forest, Ill., on May 29, 1951, Ms. Preston received a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1976. She speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese. She has one daughter.
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Audios of a Few Past Presentations
Listed below are links to past presentations for which audios have recently been added. Click on the link to gain access:
- Steven Koltai: Peace Through Entrepreneurship
- Josh Landis: ISIS, Ethnic Cleansing, and Nation-Building in the Middle East
- Paulo Sotero: The Turmoil in Brazil
- Ambassador Steven Steiner: Empowerment of Women in Post-Conflict Countries
- Paul Pillar: Why American Misunderstands the World
- Yossi Alpher: “Israel-Palestine, it will get worse“
- Hedrick Smith on Reclaiming the American Dream
- John Kiriakou on Blowing the Whistle
- Andrew Cockburn on A U.S. Strategy of Assassination
- Andrew Bacevich on America’s War for the Greater Middle East.
- Senator Angus King: A Policy for the Arctic
- Suki Kim: Undercover in North Korea
- Indira Lakshmanan on Negotiating the Iran Nuclear Agreement
- Gareth Porter: Was the Iran Nuclear Crisis Necessary?
- Ambassador Fred Hof on The Mess that is the Arab Middle East
- Jessica Mathews on Can the United States Still Lead?
- Serhii Plokhii on Ukraine and Resurgent Russia
- Swithin Munyantwali on Chinese Involvement in Africa. Is this a true partnership?
- Yosi Alpher on Israel’s Search for Middle-East Allies
- Pamela Cox on Dealing with Stubborn Poverty
- Seyed Hossein Mousavian on Walking the Iran Tightrope
- Ken Hillas on What is Russia Thinking Now?
- Ambassador Peter Galbraith on Iraq and Syria: What’s Next?
- Shibley Telhami on The World Through Arab Eyes
- Jim Hightower’s Common Sense Commentaries
- Dean Cheng on China: The Three Nots
- Michelle Egan on US-EU Relations
- John Mearsheimer on The Follies of US Foreign Policy
- Stephen Kinzer on “The Brothers: John Foster and Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War”
- Ambassador Jack Matlock on Ukraine
- Peter Mattis on Chinese Intelligence
- Ambassador Laurence Pope on The Demilitarization of Diplomacy
- Paul Saunder on Russia and the U.S.
- Greg Thielmann on Iran Negotiations
- Trita Parsi on “Iran: Is Peace Finally in the Offing?“
- Diana Negroponte on Post-Chavez Venezuela
- Aaron David Miller on Gulliver’s Troubles: America and the Middle East
- Fred Kaplan on Counter-Insurgency: One Size Doesn’t Fit All
- Amb. Vicki Huddleston on Africa: al Qaida, Mali, and Who Knows What Else?
- Dana Frank on The U.S. and Post-Coup Honduras: A Human Rights Disaster
- Ray McGovern on Obama in lockstep with Israel on Iran? Why?
- Gregory Johnsen on Yemen, Drones and a Drone Policy
- Larry Wilkerson on Does It Really Matter Who’s President?
- Michael Pillsbury on A China Policy for the United States
- Ambassador Husain Haqqani on The US-Pakistan Alliance
- Joan Johnson-Freese on The Quest to Dominate Space
- Richard Downes: Brazil’s Emergence
- Michael Klare: “The Race for What’s Left”
- Murhaf Jouejati: “Syria: A New Perspective”
- Stephen Walt: “Deja Vu All Over Again?: Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Lobby“
- Josh Landis: “A Policy of Regime Change for Syria?“
- James Farwell on ‘The Pakistan Cauldron‘
- Sa’ad Ibrahim on “The Arab Spring in Egypt“
- Colonel Bill Smullen on “Thinking Strategically about US Foreign Policy“
- Peter Van Buren on “Lessons from the ‘reconstruction’ of Iraq“
- Nazila Fathi on “Iran and its Supreme Leader: Two years after the Contested Election“
- Tom DeMarco on “CyberWar: Science or Science Fiction?“
- Seth Jones on “Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of al Qa’ida Since 9/11“
- Yossi Alpher on “A Win-Win Formula for Palestinian Statehood“
- Allen Wells on “So Far From God, So Close to the United States: Mexico’s Most Pressing Challenges“
- Adam Hochschild on “A New Look at the Conflict That Shaped the 20th Century”
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