James Kirchick is a journalist and foreign correspondent based in Berlin. Kirchick has reported from Southern and North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caucuses. For over three years, Kirchick worked at The New Republic, covering domestic politics, lobbying, intelligence, and American foreign policy. He was also a writer-at-large for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, writing about the politics and cultures of the 21 countries in RFE/RL’s broadcast region. Kirchick has covered such stories as the fraudulent 2010 presidential election in Belarus, ethnic cleansing in Kyrgyzstan, and the Libyan Civil War.
Kirchick’s writing has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The American Interest, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prospect, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, World Affairs, and The Los Angeles Times. He is also a columnist for Ha’aretz and the New York Daily News and writes the “Continental Drift" column on Europe for Tablet. His work has also been published in Canada’s National Post, the Czech Republic’s Lidove Noviny, and The Australian. A prolific book critic, he has reviewed books for Azure, The Claremont Review of Books, Policy Review and World Affairs.
Kirchick is a contributing writer for The Advocate—the United States’ largest gay publication—and is a recipient of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Excellence in Journalism Award and the Journalist of the Year Award.
A graduate of Yale University, Kirchick is a fellow with the Foreign Policy Initiative and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.