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CHF 2008: Thinking Big

Ourselves as Others See Us

Reporting on the U.S. to the World

Click play to listen. Recorded on November 8, 2008.

Mere days after the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, international journalists discussed the global community's views and expectations of the United States and Obama after the election. From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the closing of Guantanamo Bay to the difference between being “anti-American” and “anti-Bush,” this panel assessed the world's perceptions of the United States. Participants included Ruben Barerra, Nadia Bilbassy-Charters, Sridhar Krishnaswami, and Matthias Rueb. Former Chicago Tribune editor Charles Madigan, now presidential writer in residence at Roosevelt University, returns as moderator of this annual forum.

Generously sponsored by Linda Fairchild Cushman.

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Speakers and Performers

Ruben Barrera

Ruben Barrera Ventura is the Washington correspondent for Notimex, the Mexican News Agency. Barrera has twenty nine years of experience as a reporter, editor and correspondent, including positions in several newspapers in Mexico and Latino America, as well as in radio and television, covering politics, economics and social issues, both in Mexico and in the United States.

Nadia Bilbassy-Charters

Nadia Bilbassy-Charters is a senior news correspondent for Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) in Washington, D.C. She is the former Washington Bureau senior diplomatic correspondent for Al Arabiya Satellite TV Channel, where she covered the White House and the State Department. She was also the MBC-TV bureau chief in Nairobi, Kenya.

Sridhar Krishnaswami

Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami has worked with The Press Trust of India in Washington since 2005, but has been working in journalism for over 25 years. He was with The Hindu Newspaper of India for 22 years including ten years between 1995 and 2005 in Washington as the Special Correspondent for North America and the United Nations. Dr. Krishnaswami has also served The Hindu as its Representative for South East Asia in Singapore and as an Editorial Writer on Foreign Affairs.

Charles Madigan

Charles M. Madigan spent forty years in journalism before joining Roosevelt University in Chicago as Presidential Writer- in-Residence. He has worked as senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the editor of the Tribune's "Perspective" section. He is the editor of Global Chicago and co-author of Dangerous Company: Management Consultants and the Businesses They Save and Ruin.

Matthias Rueb

Matthias Rueb is Washington Bureau Chief of Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Since August 2002 he has been Washington Bureau Chief and political correspondent to the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. He reported from Iraq in May 2003 and – as en embedded reporter – in May, September and December 2007 from Baghdad. He is the author of several books on the former Yugoslavia and two books in the U.S., one about the “rift” between Europe and the U.S. and another about religion and politics in the U.S.
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Leaders And Thinkers

Alexis de Tocqueville (b. 1960)
French historian famed for his observations of the United States
Dmitry Sidorov
Russian correspondent for Forbes
Paulo Sotero
Former Washington correspondent for the Brazilian paper Estado de S.Paulo

Good Reads

Pew Global Attitudes Project
Global Public Opinion in the Bush Years (2001-2008)
Le Monde
Daily newspaper published in Paris (French)
Magazine published in Mexico City (Spanish)

Online Resources

Faces of Faith in America
Website for Charles Madigan's work with the News21 and Northwestern University.
Audio: BBC World Service
The world viewed from abroad