Nonresident Senior Fellow, Middle East Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council
TopicsArab transitions, GCC, Iran Nuclear Program, Middle East Security, Religious extremism, Syrian Conflict, Violent Extremism
RegionsEgypt, Gulf, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Levant, Libya, North Africa, Syria, Turkey
LanguagesArabic, German, Persian, Spanish
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August 16, 2018The burly, graying men in the mismatched camouflage arrived in the late winter of 2003, setting up camp within the green hilly folds of northern Iraq. They were members of the Badr Brigade, a Shia fighting force that had been…
June 18, 2018The assault by the United Arab Emirates’ forces and their local allies in a Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah that began last week and remains underway rightly raised concerns once again about the potential humanitarian consequences…
He is a foreign correspondent who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe for more than sixteen years. He is now based in Istanbul, writing for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and The Daily Beast, among others.
He previously wrote for BuzzFeed News, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has contributed to The New York Times, Boston Globe, Daily Star of Lebanon, and dozens of other English-language print, digital, and broadcast outlets.
Borzou covered the 2003 US invasion of Iraq as well as its build-up and lengthy aftermath. He covered the 2006 war in Lebanon, the 2008 war in Georgia, the 2009 uprising in Iran, the chaotic consequences of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Syria, and the 2014 rise of the Islamic State and subsequent wars to defeat it. He has also reported in Afghanistan and in Europe, covering political and security issues in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Cyprus. He has also covered the lengthy standoff over the Iran’s nuclear program.
He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times, once for coverage of Iran and twice for Iraq, and has won an Overseas Press Club award and citation for Iraq and Iran coverage. He has been honored with journalism awards from the American Academy of Diplomacy and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Before moving to the Middle East, he wrote for Money magazine in New York, newspapers in Massachusetts, and business publications after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research. He has taught undergraduate journalism at Purchase College and Pratt Institute in New York and has appeared frequently as a guest speaker on university campuses.
Born in Iran, he grew up in the Chicago area and New York City. He speaks Persian as well as some Spanish, German, Arabic, and a little French and Turkish.