- By Colum Lynch
Colum Lynch is Foreign Policy's award-winning U.N.-based senior diplomatic reporter. Lynch previously wrote Foreign Policy's Turtle Bay blog, for which he was awarded the 2011 National Magazine Award for best reporting in digital media. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Silver Prize for his coverage of the United Nations.
Before moving to Foreign Policy, Lynch reported on diplomacy and national security for the Washington Post for more than a decade. As the Washington Post's United Nations reporter, Lynch had been involved in the paper's diplomatic coverage of crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Somalia, as well as the nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea. He also 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. Lynch's enterprise reporting has explored the underside of international diplomacy. His investigations have uncovered a U.S. spying operation in Iraq, Dick Cheney's former company's financial links to Saddam Hussein, and documented numerous sexual misconduct and corruption scandals.
Lynch has appeared frequently on the Lehrer News Hour, MSNBC, NPR radio, and the BBC. He has also moderated public discussions on foreign policy, including interviews with Susan E. Rice, the U.S. national security advisor, Gerard Araud, France's U.N. ambassador, and other senior diplomatic leaders.
Born in Los Angeles, California, 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.
Ever since news of the Turtle Bay tussle (and this) between U.N. and Turkish security officers leaked out, news reporters have been scouring the diplomatic ranks in search of a video of the brawl, which left one U.N. officer in the hospital with severely bruised ribs.
U.N. cameras recording Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s long anticipated speech to the General Assembly, in which he announced plans to pursue U.N. membership as a full-fledged state, showed foreign delegates turning around mid speech to see what the commotion was just beyond the fourth floor galleries.
It took several days, but the New York Post got an amateur video showing more than a dozen U.N. officers involved in some sort of scuffle in a hallway outside the General Assembly chair. It’s pretty hard to tell what’s going on, though.
One hears raised voices, an officer instructing a man in a dark suit to calm down, and perhaps a person or persons on the ground. Everyone is told to stay away from a wall of glass doors. As the ruckus seems to subside, the sound of applause, filtering out of the GA hall, can be heard. In the end, not entirely satisfying. I’m still holding out hope that someone will leak footage from one of the U.N.’s omnipresent security cameras.
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