Colum Lynch
Staff Writer

Colum Lynch covers the United Nations for the Washington Post. Lynch has been involved in the paper’s diplomatic coverage of a broad range of crises, including conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Somalia, and the nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea. He has played a key part in the Post’s diplomatic reporting on the Iraq war, the International Criminal Court, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. counterterrorism strategy. He also writes Foreign Policy Magazine’s Turtle Bay blog, which won the 2011 National Magazine Award for best news reporting in digital media.

Lynch’s investigations have uncovered a U.S. spying operation in Iraq, Dick Cheney’s financial links to Saddam Hussein, and evidence of corruption, sexual misconduct, and other crimes in U.N. peacekeeping missions. Lynch received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1987. He previously worked for the Boston Globe.

Latest by Colum Lynch

Ban Ki-moon voices safety concerns about mission in Syria

Ban Ki-moon voices safety concerns about mission in Syria

U.N. secretary general’s letter provides fresh details on international plans for the elimination of arsenal.

Merkel, Hollande want new rules for sharing intelligence

Merkel, Hollande want new rules for sharing intelligence

After allegations that the U.S. tapped the German leader’s cellphone, Merkel says trust must be rebuilt.

Thousands of additional troops urged for force in Somalia

Thousands of additional troops urged for force in Somalia

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls for surge and more military support to defeat al-Shabab.

Ban Ki-moon outlines plan for larger U.N. mission to Syria

U.N. chief’s proposed team of about 100, based in Cyprus, will include technical specialists, security officers.