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.

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Exclusive: Paris Saying ‘Non’ to U.S. Control of Peace Process

The Obama administration is willing to anger Israel by letting the U.N. get more active in peace talks with Palestinians. But it may be Paris, not Washington, that ends up in the lead.

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From Tel Aviv to Turtle Bay

The White House hoped a new Israeli prime minister would resume peace talks with the Palestinians. With Netanyahu holding on, the administration is weighing a turn to the U.N. to help force a deal.

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Breaking Up Sanctions Is Hard to Do

A historic nuclear deal with Iran is in sight, but unraveling the web of financial embargoes, asset freezes, and restricted oil sales won’t be easy.

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Hillary Clinton Says ‘No’ to Independent Investigation of Her Family’s Home Email Server

Former secretary of state insists she never transmitted classified information on her personal email account; only deleted private messages.

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Russia Tries to Block Benefits for Families of Gay U.N. Employees

Vladimir Putin wants to prevent the U.N. chief from giving spousal benefits to his organization’s gay and lesbian workers.

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The Man in the Middle of Obama’s Showdown With Netanyahu

Israel's ambassador to the United States is so close to his boss that he's called "Bibi's brain," but is Ron Dermer doing more harm than good?

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Prepare for Fireworks: White House Sends Big Guns to Israel Lobby Confab

The potential for heated audience interaction is already making pro-Israel Democrats, who are fearful of the Jewish state becoming a partisan issue, nervous.

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U.S. Threatens South Sudan With Sanctions … Again

The United States introduces draft U.N. Security Resolution threatening to hit South Sudan's warring parties with sanctions.

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The $655.5 Million Question

Will a massive verdict against the Palestinian Authority open the floodgates for new suits against terrorist groups and their alleged sponsors?

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