Ishaan Tharoor

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering foreign affairs, geopolitics and history

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. He previously was a senior editor and correspondent at Time magazine, based first in Hong Kong and later in New York. He also teaches an undergraduate seminar at Georgetown University on digital affairs and the global age.
Latest from Ishaan Tharoor

The G-20 becomes the showpiece for a dysfunctional global order

The differences within the bloc and its inability to take on any semblance of an ambitious, collective agenda reflects a deeper drift in international politics.

October 29, 2021

Behind power grabs in Sudan and Tunisia, the shadow of Gulf monarchies

A trio of Arab autocracies — Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE — find themselves on the winning side of recent anti-democratic power plays.

October 27, 2021

The indisputable harm caused by Facebook

"These documents leave little room for doubt about Facebook’s crucial role in advancing the cause of authoritarianism in America and around the world."

October 26, 2021

The climate catastrophe is here, whether governments face it or not

Reports from U.S. federal agencies underscore the gravity of the planetary crisis, even as governments struggle to muster a strong collective response ahead of a major international climate summit.

October 25, 2021

If Bolsonaro is potentially guilty of pandemic crimes, is Trump, too?

To be sure, assigning political blame — and criminal culpability — for the ravages of a viral pandemic is a murky exercise in its own right.

October 22, 2021

Poland triggers an existential crisis for Europe

A senior E.U. official cast Poland's gambit as Europe’s Jan. 6 moment, a brazen assault on the legal and political consensus that unites the continental bloc.

October 20, 2021

How Germany’s far-right gained, even as it lost

The far-right AfD fared worse than its shock surge in 2017. But that doesn't mean it's a waning force.

October 19, 2021

The ‘Great Resignation’ goes global

In the advanced economies of the West, there are signs that worker power is growing. Elsewhere, the story is more uneven and certainly more grim.

October 18, 2021

An upcoming climate summit is supposed to save the planet. But pessimism is building.

A kind of advance pessimism is taking shape ahead of the crucial COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

October 15, 2021

Should defending Taiwan be a red line for the U.S.?

In recent days, record numbers of Chinese warplanes have flown into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, signifying a deteriorating relationship between Taiwan and China — and putting the United States in an awkward position.

October 14, 2021