Ishaan Tharoor

Washington, D.C.

Foreign affairs columnist and anchor of Today's WorldView, the Post's daily column and newsletter on global politics

Education: Yale University, BA, honors in history and ethnicity, race and migration

Ishaan Tharoor is a columnist on the foreign desk of The Washington Post, where he authors the Today's WorldView newsletter and column. In 2021, he won the Arthur Ross Media Award in Commentary, a prize administered by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He previously was a senior editor and correspondent at Time magazine, based first in Hong Kong and later in New York. He also periodically teaches an undergraduate seminar at Georgetown University on digital affairs and the global age.
Latest from Ishaan Tharoor

U.S. and China lock horns at Asia’s top security forum

Though the U.S. and Chinese defense ministers both stressed a desire to avoid conflict, tensions between the two powers shadowed all discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

June 4, 2023

Erdogan becomes an era-defining electoral autocrat

Even as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan consolidated his rule over two decades, political scholars still saw Turkey as a quasi-democracy. That view is starting to change as Erdogan renews his mandate for power.

May 30, 2023

China and Russia draw closer, but how close?

While Russia wants to make good on its supposed “no limits” friendship with Beijing, Chinese officials and analysts describe the ties between the countries as not a full-fledged alliance.

May 26, 2023

The unique absurdity of the U.S.’s looming debt default

Denmark is the only industrialized democracy other than the United States to have a debt limit set at a nominal value, but Danish debt is never the subject of complicated political wrangling.

May 24, 2023

Europe’s hawkishness on China comes into focus

The leading voices on the continent expressing skepticism about China come from Europe's post-Soviet states.

May 23, 2023

Assad in Saudi Arabia reflects the Middle East’s new normal

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has experienced a rehabilitation with regional powers that is jarring for his critics and opponents.

May 22, 2023

Away from the G-7, non-Western powers seek peace in Ukraine

While the United States and other Western countries vowed to arm Ukraine to the hilt, countries elsewhere pushed for a cessation in hostilities and a negotiated peace.

May 19, 2023

Thailand’s youth reject the generals

Sunday’s Thai election marked a rare moment in global politics when a suppressed protest movement found vengeance at the ballot box.

May 17, 2023

Erdogan takes the lead through culture wars and soft authoritarianism

The Turkish president is poised to return to power, using a political template that illiberal parties are following around the world.

May 16, 2023

An Erdogan defeat would mark a victory for liberal democracy worldwide

“If [President Recep Tayyip Erdogan] loses power via elections, that will give a lot of people hope that the autocratic surge can be reversed,” Turkish politics expert Gonul Tol said.

May 10, 2023