Christian Caryl

Christian Caryl is an independent foreign policy commentator and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century. From 2017 to the end of 2023 he worked as an editor in the Opinions Section of the Washington Post. Before that he worked for five years as an editor and columnist at Foreign Policy magazine, From 2000 to 2009 he served as a foreign correspondent for Newsweek (heading bureaus in Moscow and Tokyo); after 9/11 he reported from Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Newsweek’s coverage of the war on terror. During his career he has reported from more than 60 countries.

Earlier Caryl served as Moscow bureau chief for U.S News & World Report starting in July 1997. Before moving to Moscow, Caryl spent 13 years as a freelance journalist in Germany, where he contributed to publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Spectator, and Der Spiegel. He was a winner of the 2011 Overseas Press Club award for Best Online Commentary.