Ben Judah is a foreign policy writer based in New York, with his current research focus on the foreign policy of the Biden-Harris Administration, transnational kleptocracy and Britain’s attempts to reset its diplomatic posture after Brexit.

In Washington DC, he has worked closely with the offices of Democratic senators, including Senator Sanders and Senator Whitehouse, seeking to develop a global anti-money laundering agenda as a central plank of American foreign policy.

He has been a fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, leading research on the institute’s groundbreaking Kleptocracy Initiative, the European Council on Foreign Relations in London, and the European Stability Initiative, in Istanbul.

He has interviewed and profiled global figures including French President Emmanuel Macron, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak and most recently First Lady Melania Trump. As a journalist, he has reported on the Russo-Georgia War, unrest in Central Asia, the Arab Spring and British, French and American elections.

He is the author of two acclaimed books Fragile Empire, a study of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and This Is London, on the British capital. In 2021, he will release his third book with Picador Macmillan.

He has been Highly Commended for British Feature Writer of the Year at the British press awards, been selected as a Forbes European 30-Under-30 and most recently was a finalist for the 2019 Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage.


• Fragile Empire. Yale University Press. 2013.

• This Is London. Picador. 2016.