August 26, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Veteran journalist and author Roy Gutman has joined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy as an associate fellow, the research institution announced today. A Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, Gutman brings to the Institute four decades of experience reporting on war, war crimes and Middle East affairs at some of the world's most prestigious publications.
"We're pleased to welcome one of this era's most consequential foreign affairs reporters to the Institute," said Washington Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff.
“Roy has spent decades shedding light on the most brutal aspects of war, indelibly shaping the public record toward greater truth and justice. At the Institute, he will focus his efforts on one of the most under-reported stories of the past decade — how the Islamic State was able to extend its grip on a vast swath of the Middle East, right under the eyes of multiple governments, armies and intelligence agencies. The lessons of his research will have enormous implications for the battle to prevent ISIS from rising once again.”
Gutman spent five years reporting on the Middle East for McClatchy as Baghdad bureau chief and as the Middle East bureau chief based in Istanbul. Previously, his reporting on ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the first documented accounts of Serb-run concentration camps, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, and the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting. Gutman shared the George Polk award for foreign reporting in 2013 with McClatchy colleagues for chronicling the complexities of the civil war in Syria.
Roy Gutman is the author of Banana Diplomacy (1988) and A Witness to Genocide (1993), and co-edited Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (second edition, 2007). How We Missed the Story, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan, was published in a second edition in 2013 by USIP press. He is also a senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.
Gutman holds a bachelor's degree in history from Haverford College and a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics.
About The Washington Institute: The Washington Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research institution funded exclusively by U.S. citizens that seeks to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them. Drawing on the research of its fellows and the experience of its policy practitioners, the Institute promotes informed debate and scholarly research on U.S. policy in the region.
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