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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Daragahi joins France24 to discuss US-MENA policy before the administration change

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Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Where is the US still leading on democracy? Look beyond the government.

More important than US government pronouncements are the scores of American organizations doing on-the-ground work to build up transparency and good governance around the world—entities and initiatives that a new US administration could champion and make central to America’s retooled role in the world.

New Atlanticist by Borzou Daragahi

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Mon, Nov 9, 2020

Nagorno-Karabakh: An unexpected conflict that tests and perplexes Iran

More likely than not, a resurrection of a decades-old war on Iran’s sleepy northern border between two countries friendly to Iran was not high on the agenda of imminent threats—if on the list at all.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

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Borzou Daragahi is a journalist and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.

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 The Independent.

He previously wrote for BuzzFeed News, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has contributed to The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, and the Daily Star of Lebanon among others. He has appeared frequently as a guest on television and radio broadcasts.

Daragahi 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 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 received Overseas Press Club honors for Iraq and Iran coverage. He is a graduate 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.