The Washington Post announced that Jamal Khashoggi, Richard Glover and Patrick Gathara have been named contributing writers to Global Opinions, which features commentary from writers around the world. Vladimir Kara-Murza and Brian Klaas also join Global Opinions as contributors to the DemocracyPost blog.

“Since launching in 2016, Global Opinions has given a growing number of readers—both in the U.S. and abroad—a front seat to some of the most important dialogues happening around the world and in American foreign policy,” said Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt. “As we continue to extend our international reach, we want to make some of these conversations a fixture for our readers. These five writers, who are among the leading thinkers in their respective fields and countries, will provide thoughtful analysis of the big stories in the Middle East, Kenya, Australia, Russia and in U.S. foreign relations.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, will offer commentary on the latest news from Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Glover, a presenter on ABC Radio Sydney, will write about current political affairs in Australia. Gathara, a writer and award-winning cartoonist, will write about political and social issues in Kenya and East Africa.

Kara-Murza, vice chairman of Open Russia and former colleague of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, will write about the prospects of democracy in Russia. Klaas, a global politics fellow at the London School of Economics, will examine the state of U.S. democracy under President Donald Trump.

The roster of Global Opinions contributors includes Barkha Dutt, a veteran Indian journalist, J.J. McCullough, who writes on Canadian politics, Michael McFaul, whose writing centers on U.S.-Russia relations,  Turkish columnist Asli Aydintasbas, and John Pomfret, whose work focuses on China.

Learn more about the writers:
Jamal Khashoggi is a Saudi journalist, columnist and author based in Washington, D.C. He was a former correspondent for the pan-Arab Arabic daily Alsharq Alawsat and the Jeddah-based, English language daily Arab News. became widely recognized for his coverage of The Afghan War and the first Gulf War (1990-91) and has reported on Algeria, Lebanon, Sudan and various conflicts in the Middle East and has expertise in political Islam and related movements.

Richard Glover presents the Drive show on ABC Radio Sydney. He’s a former news editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and author of the prize-winning memoir ‘Flesh Wounds’. He has lived in Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea.

Patrick Gathara is a political cartoonist and writer based in Kenya. He is curator of the online current affairs portal, The Elephant. His blog, Gathara’s World, was voted the Best Political Blog at the 2017 Bloggers Association of Kenya Awards.

Vladimir Kara-Murza is vice chairman of Open Russia, a Russian pro-democracy movement, and chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom. He was a longtime colleague of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Kara-Murza is a former deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party and was a candidate for the Russian State Duma. Kara-Murza directed two documentary films, They Chose Freedom (on the dissident movement in the USSR) and Nemtsov (on the life of Boris Nemtsov). Twice, in 2015 and 2017, he was poisoned with an unknown substance and left in a coma; the murder attempts were widely viewed as politically motivated. He is a recipient of the Magnitsky Human Rights Award and the Sakharov Prize for Journalism as an Act of Conscience.

Brian Klaas is a fellow in global politics at the London School of Economics. He is an expert on democracy, authoritarianism, and US foreign policy. Klaas has authored two books — The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding and Abetting the Decline of Democracy (Oxford University Press 2016) and The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy (Hurst 2017). He is also the co-author (with Professor Nic Cheeseman) of the forthcoming book “How to Rig an Election” (Yale University Press 2018). Prior to becoming an academic, Klaas was a US campaign adviser.