Commentary

  • January 2015
  • The Putin Show

    2nd Jan 2015

    Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia By Peter Pomerantsev PublicAffairs, 254 pages…

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  • September 2014
  • Can Hillary Reset Herself?

    19th Sep 2014

    On March 4, Hillary Clinton was asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s moves into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, which…

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  • May 2014
  • Snowden, Greenwald, and the NY Times’s “High Standards”

    28th May 2014

    Margaret Sullivan, public editor of theNew York Times, believes that the paper’s Book Review made an error in assigning Glenn…

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  • October 2013
  • Treason Chic

    23rd Oct 2013

    On August 18, security officers at London’s Heathrow Airport detained a Brazilian named David Miranda. They did so under the…

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  • October 2012
  • The Global Popularity Fetish

    3rd Oct 2012

    In the spring of 2008, during the waning months of the Bush years, I was among a group of journalists,…

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  • March 2012
  • The Deceits of Seymour Hersh

    14th Mar 2012

    Chronicling a singular career in meretricious journalism.

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  • July 2011
  • The Survivor

    1st Jul 2011

    The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe By Peter Godwin; Little, Brown; 384 pages.  Today, the full title of the…

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  • June 2011
  • The Con Man and His Pet Columnist

    1st Jun 2011

    Why does Nicholas Kristof continue to defend the charlatan Greg Mortenson? When Greg Mortenson—the Montana nurse who earned worldwide fame with…

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  • April 2011
  • The Russian Reset: A Eulogy

    1st Apr 2011

    Last April in Prague, President Barack Obama met his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev, to sign the Measures for the Further Reduction…

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  • September 2010
  • The Unspoken Alliance

    1st Sep 2010

    The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa By Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Pantheon Books, 336 pages In The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship…

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About James

James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent currently based in Washington. He has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, across the European continent, and the Caucasus. He is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for The Daily Beast and is a columnist for Tablet. His first book, The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age is forthcoming from Yale University Press.

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