A dialogue with Thomas Friedman on the world today



2 August 2011

Three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient for The New York Times and one of the world's most well-known and influential journalists discussed the trends that are shaping our world today at the Sydney Opera House. Thomas Friedman is the author of several best-selling books including The World Is Flat, which has sold more than four million copies in thirty-seven languages.

Renowned for talking about global politics in plain and amusing language, this was a rare opportunity to hear first hand Friedman's latest thinking on the forces driving global change and the challenges facing America.

Friedman discussed the rise of China and emerging Asia, the Middle East and the Arab Spring, and his upcoming book That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back.

Presented in partnership with the Sydney Opera House and The Wheeler Centre.


  • Thomas Friedman
    Pulitzer Prize Winner and Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times

    Thomas L. Friedman was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2011. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and, columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat. Friedman won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Lebanon), the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (from Israel), and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. In 2004, he was also awarded the Overseas Press Club Award for lifetime achievement and the honourary title Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he was given the National Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Since 1995, Friedman has been the foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times.