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Chair: Tim Judah

Balkan Correspodent, The Economist


Tim Judah

Tim Judah covers the Balkans, and sometimes other locations, for the Economist. For much of 2015 he was in Ukraine, covering events for the New York Review of Books and writing a book about the war for Penguin, which will be published in December and will be entitled In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine. He is the author of three books on the Balkans: The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Kosovo: War & Revenge; The third, Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know was published at the end of 2008. From 1990 to 1991 he lived in Bucharest and covered the aftermath of communism in Romania and Bulgaria for The Times and The Economist. After that he moved to Belgrade to cover the war in Yugoslavia for both publications. He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel frequently to the region. In 2009 he was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the South East European Research Unit of the European Institute at the London School of Economics, where he developed the concept of the “Yugosphere”. He is the president of the Board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative. Since 11 September 2001 he has also covered many other parts of the world for, among others, The Economist and the New York Review of Books, these have included Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur and Haiti. In 2008 he published a book for Reportage Press Bikila: Ethiopia’s Barefoot Olympian which is about the life and times of the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics in Rome 1960. He was shortlisted for this in the best new sportswriter category for the 2009 British Sports Book Awards.