Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan

Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism

Tunku Varadarajan is the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and editor of Hoover’s in-house publication Defining Ideas. A writer-at-large at the Daily Beast, he was a former editor of Newsweek and Newsweek International. Previously, he was executive editor (opinions) at Forbes, assistant managing editor and op-ed editor of the Wall Street Journal, and the New York bureau chief for The Times (of London). Born in India, he is a British citizen. A visiting scholar at New York University's Department of Journalism, he is a former lecturer in law at Trinity College, Oxford. He has also taught at NYU's Stern School of Business, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Varadarajan has a BA in law, with honors, from Oxford University.

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Narendra Modi
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Why Modi Is No Erdogan

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Time Magazine
Friday, June 6, 2014

As Narendra Modi stormed into the consciousness of the world beyond India, analysts everywhere scrambled to interpret him for their readers and viewers.

Gateway to India in Mumbai
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Modi Crushes Gandhi in India’s Election Landslide

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Daily Beast
Friday, May 16, 2014
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U.N. to City: Stop Dead

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

When E.B. White wrote "Here Is New York" in the summer of 1948—working in an airless room in the Lafayette Hotel—he took note of a construction project then under way: "Along the East River, from the razed slaughterhouses of Turtle Bay . . .

Syrian Refugees
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Syria and the New World (Dis)order

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Caravan
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Not since the early years of the Second World War has Planet Earth been as bereft of American leadership as it is now.

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Who Shrunk America?

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Daily Beast
Thursday, September 5, 2013

While children are gassed in Syria, America led by Obama hems and haws and debates endlessly. Whatever happened to our moral power and leadership, asks Tunku Varadarajan.

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Why Egypt Has Coups … and We Don’t

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Daily Beast
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Why does Egypt burn and America remains peaceful? Tunku Varadarajan on what the stark contrast in transfers of power reveal about each country—even when the U.S. is at its most tense, like during Bush v. Gore.

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The Caravan: A Coup is a Coup is a Coup

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, July 29, 2013
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A Coup is a Coup is a Coup

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Caravan
Monday, July 29, 2013

You know a country is benighted when no less a figure than Tony Blair, the world’s official envoy for the Middle East (whatever that means), turns apologist for a coup d’état, stating blithely that the army had no choice but to unseat the elected president.

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How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Daily Beast
Monday, April 8, 2013
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Jeeves at the Pierre

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Newsweek
Monday, November 19, 2012