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James Traub      

Global Affairs & Politics Writer

James Traub is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where he has worked since 1998. He has written extensively about international affairs and especially the United Nations, as well as national politics, urban affairs and education.

In recent years, he has reported from, among other places, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Georgia, Kosovo, and Haiti. His weekly column on foreign policy, "Terms of Engagement," appears on foreignpolicy.com, the website of Foreign Policy magazine.

Traub's most recent book is The Freedom Agenda: Why America Must Spread Democracy (Just Not The Way George Bush Did). In 2006 he published The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in The Era of American World Power.

Traub teaches a class on American foreign policy as part of New York University's Sheikh Mohammad Scholarship Program in Abu Dhabi. He is a senior fellow of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, a fellow of the Center on International Cooperation, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently writing a biography of John Quincy Adams and speaks regularly about foreign affairs on CNN's In The Arena, and through several other venues.

Speech Topics

You Can't Mistreat People Forever: The Revolution in the Arab World

The UN: Can't Live Without It, Can't Make It Better

Afghanistan: Neck Deep in the Big Muddy

Some People Just Won't Listen to Reason: Barack Obama's Painful Education on World Affairs


The Tea Party's Path to Irrelevance - NYTimes.com
By JAMES TRAUB. Published: August 6, 2013. WASHINGTON — THE Tea Party has a new crusade: preventing illegal immigrants from gaining citizenship, ...

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