Dangerous Numbers

Award-winning journalists Rania Abouzeid and Azmat Khan will discuss the numbers and the larger significance of under-reporting conflict in Syria and Iraq.

March 9, 2018

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
7th Floor Commons
20 Cooper Square, NY

In Syria and Iraq’s ongoing conflicts, severely under-reported civilian death tolls help to keep major conflict off of A1. Award-winning journalists Rania Abouzeid, author of the forthcoming No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria, and Azmat Khan, co-author of The Uncounted, will discuss the numbers and the larger significance of under-reporting conflict. Discussion will be moderated by Distinguished Writer in Residence Eliza Griswold.


Rania Abouzeid  is a Beirut-based journalist and author of the forthcoming No Turning Back: Life, Loss, And Hope in Wartime Syria, to be published in March 2018. She has covered the Middle East and South Asia for well over 15 years, and is the recipient of numerous prizes for international journalism, including the Michael Kelly Award and the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

A former New America fellow and current visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, Abouzeid has received writing residencies at both Yaddo and the Carey Institute’s non-fiction program in upstate New York. Her work has appeared in Time Magazine, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, National Geographic, Politico, and a host of other outlets, both print and television. Abouzeid is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Azmat Khan is an award-winning investigative journalist, a New York Times Magazine Contributing Writer, and a Future of War Fellow at New America and Arizona State University.

Her reporting for the PBS series FRONTLINE, The New York Times Magazine, America Tonight, and BuzzFeed’s Investigations team has brought her to Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other conflict zones. Her work has been awarded the Deadline Club Award for Independent Digital Reporting; the South Asian Journalist Association’s Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting on South Asia; a Livingston Award finalist in International Reporting; an Emmy nomination in New Approaches to Documentary Film; and other honors.


Eliza Griswold is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Journalism Institute, and the author of The Tenth Parallel (Farrar Straus Giroux), a book that explores the fraught space where Christianity and Islam meet in Africa and Asia. Her journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, among many other publications. Griswold’s poems have been published in Granta, the New Yorker and the Paris Review. Her translations of Afghan women’s folk poetry, I am the Beggar of the World, won the 2015 PEN/Prize in Poetry Translation.

Griswold’s next book, Burden of Proof: The Blessing and Curse of Energy in Amity, Pennsylvania, which explores water, poverty, fracking and the resource curse in America, is scheduled to be published by Farrar Straus Giroux this spring. Most recently, as a Berggruen fellow at Harvard, Griswold has been using data to map the Syrian poets, artists, filmmakers who’ve fled the country.

This event is open to the public.

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