Face-to-Face: Nuclear Security in the Middle East

Course Overview

Face-to-Face: Nuclear Security in the Middle East
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Time Estimate:
One hour.

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Yochi Dreazen begins this conversation by describing life in Abu Dhabi, the wealthiest of the seven United Arab Emirates. Here, the government is planning for a future beyond oil and building a civilian nuclear plant.

From the opulent setting of Abu Dhabi, Dreazen takes students to the front lines of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, sharing the gritty details and contrasting them with the reporting Americans see. See the replay of this astounding conversation, which includes a story of a misunderstanding cleared up by the word “Google,” which means the same thing in every language and which may have saved his life.

The journalist:

Yochi Dreazen

Yochi Dreazen is the senior national security correspondent for National Journal, and a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Prior to reporting for National Journal, Dreazen was the The Wall Street Journal’s main Iraq correspondent. He spent nearly five years on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly doing front-line combat embeds. He has reported from Japan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Russia and China. In 2010, Dreazen received a Military Reporters & Editors award for a series of articles about military suicide and the psychological traumas impacting veterans of the two wars. He was born in Chicago, and later attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he edited the daily campus newspaper.

What Will I Learn:
  • An understanding of the deeper issues of foreign correspondence
  • Big-picture issues of journalism’s role at home and abroad, such as ethics and press freedom
  • How to address concerns about your own potential future as a foreign correspondent
Who should take this course:

High school and college students who are looking to expand their view on what it means to be a correspondent in a foreign country, as well as teachers who want to help students develop their news literacy skills.

Special Thanks:

Face-to-Face thanks the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for making this conversation with Yochi Dreazen possible.

Training Partner:

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists

Face-to-Face: Conversations with Journalists puts students in touch with journalists they'd never otherwise meet, learning about the immense power of reliable information—and the challenges of getting it. Each month during the academic year, a newsmaker will speak live to hundreds of students in a virtual conversation that includes five schools—from high schools to universities.

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