Columnist

Indira A. R. Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan has reported from Washington and 80 countries, spending more than a decade on three continents for The Boston Globe. She covered the Bosnian War, the fall of the Taliban, the drug war in Colombia, and embedded with high-seas pirates in the Philippines, Maoist rebels in Nepal, and Khmer Rouge holdouts in Cambodia. Her reporting for the Globe exposed corruption in China and child labor in Bolivia and helped end the imprisonment of innocent children in Nepal. Indira has traveled with U.S. presidents, secretaries of state and presidential candidates, spending eight years at the State Department and on the campaign trail for Bloomberg News. She has interviewed and profiled leaders including Hillary Clinton and Fidel Castro, and has been a guest host for numerous NPR programs. She’s now executive editor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a nonprofit dedicated to international reporting. Her column appears regularly in the Globe.

Latest stories

Indira A. R. Lakshmanan

Iran sanctions redux — and why a blunt cudgel can’t replace targeted tools

By Indira A. R. Lakshmanan,

Trump’s risky recipe for foreign policy — mix sanctions, tariffs, and trade in a blender.

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Victory for Netanyahu — and a risky future for everyone else

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If Israel’s far-right is encouraged by Trump administration policies to become an apartheid state, it will backfire.

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Autocrats rising, democracies flailing

By Indira A. R. Lakshmanan,

Pay attention to the real emergency: democracy in decline around the globe.