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Karl Meyer


Editor Emeritus, World Policy Journal

Expertise The imperial and post-imperial age in South Asia and the former Soviet Union; Russia; Western policy toward Central Asia, Iran, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, and Pakistan; Middle East.

Karl Meyer, who has edited World Policy Journal since the year 2000, is an experienced writer and commentator on international affairs, a former editorial writer for both the New York Times and the Washington Post, the author of a dozen books, and a visiting professor at Yale, Princeton, Tufts, and most recently Bard College.

Born in Wisconsin, he earned his BA at the state university and his masters degree in public affairs and PhD at Princeton University, and he has been a visiting fellow at Oxford University and Berlin's Institute for Advanced Study. His recent writings have focused on the imperial and post-imperial age in South Asia and the former Soviet Union. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, Shareen Blair Brysac, is Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds. Their previous joint books are Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East and Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia. The Dust of Empire: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland, reissued in paperback in 2004 by Public Affairs, examines the present and past of Russia and the West's involvement with Central Asia, Iran, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

 

Honors & Affiliations

Member of the Toynbee Prize Foundation, among other honors.

Education:
B.A. Wisconsin State University
PhD, Princeton  

 
 
BOOKS 
 
 
Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac
Public Affairs, 2012
 
Recent News and Media Appearances:
For more information including reviews and appearances, visit www.paxethnica.com.
 
 
(with Shareen Blair Brysac) 
W.W. Norton, 2008
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 (with Shareen Blair Brysac)
 Perseus, 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By World Policy Journal Editor Karl Meyer
Public Affairs, 2004
 
Reviewed: The New York Times, June 21, 2003.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SELECTED ARTICLES
  
How To Loose Iraq”, for Newsweek due out on July 7-14, 2008.
 
"Another Bad Deal for Baghdad”, The New York Times, June 17, 2008.
 
"Forty Years in the Sand: What Happened Last Time Freedom Marched on Iraq," Harpers, June 1, 2005.
 
"Riding the Cairo Carousel," World Policy Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2007/08.
 
"Ghosts Along the Bosphorus," World Policy Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2007.
 
"Brown's Britannia, Warts and All," World Policy Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2007.
 
"The Mother of All Nightmares," World Policy Journal, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2006/07/
 
"Praise, Puzzles, and Poppycock," World Policy Journal, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2006.
 
"The Black Book of Religion: III," World Policy Journal, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2006.
 
"Who (Really) Owns the Past?," World Policy Journal, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2006.
 
"Syriana, or The Godfather, Part IV," World Policy Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4, 2005/06.
 
"The Black Book of Religion: II," World Policy Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2005.
 
"There is No Closure," World Policy Journal, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2005.
 
"The Black Book of Religion," World Policy Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2005.
 
"For Democracy, Warts and All," World Policy Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2005. Book reviews: The Case for Democracy by Natan Sharansky with Robert Dermer; The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria.
 
"The Sack of Mesopotamia," World Policy Journal, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2004/05.
 
"A Perfect Debacle," World Policy Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, 2004.
 
"Six Degrees of Contrition," World Policy Journal, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2004.
 
"America Unlimited: The Radical Sources of the Bush Doctrine," World Policy Journal, Vol. 21, No. 1, 2004.
 
"'Let Me Hear My Brother!'" World Policy Journal, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2002/03.
 
"Macho America, Diffident Canada," World Policy Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2003.
 
"The Invention of Pakistan: How the British Raj Sundered," World Policy Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2003.
 
"Postcards from Planet Jupiter," World Policy Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2003.
 
"Slouching Down Xenophobe Alley," World Policy Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2002/03.
 
"'Regime Change' and Other Enigmas," World Policy Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2002.
 
"Criminal Thinking in Washington," World Policy Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2002.
 
"On Showing "A Decent Respect", World Policy Journal, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2002.
 
"Coda: Asymmetry Is Not Destiny," World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 4, 2001/02.
 
 
"A New Board Game," World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2001.
 
"The Quicksands of Realism," World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2001.
 
"Icebergs in the Caucasus," World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2001.
 
"One Hell of a Gamble," World Policy Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2001.
 
"If Not Perfect, at Least Excellent," World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2000/01.
 
"An Edwardian Warning: The Unraveling of a Colossus," World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 4, 2000/01.
 
"As Much as I Dare," World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2000.
 
Book review: Foreign Policy 101: Six Nightmares, by Anthony Lake, World Policy Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2000.
 
"Close Encounters of an American Kind: William Woodville Rockhill in Tibet," World Policy Journal, Vol. 15, No. 4, 1998/99.
 
 Archived book reviews from The New York Review of Books are here.
 
 
     
LECTURES & APPEARANCES
 
  
Meyer will be hosting a book tour this fall to promote “Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East,” starting in September.
 
Appeared as a guest on July 16, 2008 for the show “Hearts and Minds”.
 
Discussed his new book on The John Bachelor Show on July 6, 2008.
 
Discussed his new book Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East, in June 2008, shown on YouTube.
 
Promoted his book Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East, at TheWestport Public Library in Connecticut on June 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm.
 
Discussed his new book KingMakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East, in June 2008, shown on YouTube.
 
Appeared on Lanigan & Malone Morning Show on WMJI on June 10, 2008 promoting his new book Kingmakers: The Invention of the Modern Middle East.
 
Voice of America interviewed Karl Meyeron February 22 and 28, 2008 on Central Asian economic and political issues. Audio and articles - one, two.
 
Texas A&M University

 

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