Journalist and Fellow, New America Foundation, Washington, DC
C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor - Class of Fall 2007
Nir Rosen is a journalist who has written extensively on American policy toward Afghanistan and Iraq. He spent more than two years in Iraq reporting on the American occupation, the relationship between Americans and Iraqis, the development of postwar Iraqi religious and political movements, interethnic and sectarian relations, and the Iraqi civil war. His reporting and research also focused on the origins and development of Islamist resistance, insurgency, and terrorist organizations. Rosen covered the elections in Afghanistan and the differences between the American presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he has reported from Somalia, where he investigated Islamist movements; Jordan, where he investigated the origins and future of the Zarqawi movement; and Pakistan, where he investigated the madrassas and pro-Taliban movements.
Rosen’s book on postwar Iraq, In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq, was published by Free Press in 2006. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, New Republic, Boston Review, Time, Mother Jones, and World Policy Journal.