- 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.
Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian judge who serves as the International Criminal Court’s deputy prosecutor, has been selected to lead the Hague-based tribunal, according to several diplomats familiar with the contest.
Christian Wenawaser, Liechtenstein’s U.N. ambassador and president of the assembly of states parties to the ICC, is expected to inform a gathering of the 118-member states of the ICC treaty that Bensouda emerged today as the consensus candidate for the job.
Bensouda will replace her current boss, the Argentine lawyer Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who is scheduled to step down in the summer of 2012.
The decision follows a lengthy search process that involved more than 50 candidates for the world’s most high profile international law post.
The search committee, including representatives from five regional groups, had narrowed the list down to four candidates, including Bensouda; Andrew Cayley, a British lawyer and co-prosecutor at the Cambodian tribunal; Robert Petit, a French Canadian counsel with the war crimes section of the Canadian Department of Justice; and Mohamed Chande Othman, the Tanzanian chief justice.
But Wenaweser told the membership on Nov. 23 that it would only be possible to reach consensus on an African candidate and that the field had been narrowed to two African candidates. Othman agreed to pull out of the race today, clearing the way for Bensouda, said diplomats. More details to come.
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