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Who is Helena Cobban?

Ms. Cobban is a veteran writer, researcher, and program organizer on global  affairs. She contributed a regular column on global issues to The Christian Science Monitor from 1990 until the paper stopped having regular columnists in 2007.  She is a Contributing Editor of Boston Review, where she has published numerous essays on Palestinian and other international issues since 2001.

Since 2003 she has published  “Just World News”, a lively blog on global issues that has gained a broad international readership. The weekly news analysis on Middle East developments that she contributes to Inter-Press Service is archived here.  She contributes periodically to the ForeignPolicy.com and to The Christian Science Monitor.

In  2008, Ms. Cobban published her seventh book, Re-engage! America and the World After Bush. Congressman Lee Hamilton, Co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, described it as, “An impassioned, thought-provoking, and accessible brief from a highly esteemed journalist on how all of us – as individuals – can act to help better our country and world.”  More information about the book is available at www.re-engage.net.

Her previous books include:

Born in England in 1952, Ms. Cobban received her B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University.  From 1974 through 1981, she worked as a Beirut-based correspondent for news outlets including The Christian Science Monitor, The Sunday Times of London, ABC News, and the BBC.  Since 1982, she has been based primarily in the United States, though her work has taken her back to the Middle East (many times), and to many parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Ms. Cobban has also published widely in other print media on three continents. From 1993 through 2006 she contributed a regular column on diplomatic and strategic affairs to Al-Hayat (London).  She has served as a Visiting Senior Fellow at Harvard University, Georgetown University, the Brookings Institution, and elsewhere.  She currently sits on the Middle East Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch and is one of two Quakers who are members of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.  She speaks French and Arabic, and divides her time between Washington DC and Charlottesville, Virginia.

e-mail:  hcobban@gmail.com

(Updated June 2009)

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