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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Analysis and Commentary

India’s Best-Loved Politician

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 24, 2017

Sushma Swaraj wins admirers by helping citizens abroad.

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“There’s No Optimism”

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoover fellow Michael A. McFaul, former ambassador to Moscow, reflects on fading democratic hopes for Russia.


Modi And Netanyahu Begin A Beautiful Friendship

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Indian premier’s visit marks a diplomatic coming of age for India and Israel.The Indian premier’s visit marks a diplomatic coming of age for India and Israel.


Speechwriter Peter Robinson Who Helped Reagan ‘Tear Down That Wall’

by Tunku Varadarajaninterview with Peter M. Robinsonvia Politico
Monday, June 12, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses America’s journey from tearing down a wall to talk of building one on the country’s southern border.


6 Instant Winners And Losers From UK Election

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Politico
Friday, June 9, 2017

Jeremy and Ruth sit pretty. Theresa, UKIP and Michel Barnier can’t be happy.

Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump And The Wrath Of Khan

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Politico
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Terrorism, tweets and the souring of a special relationship.


Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives The Left Crazy

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 19, 2017

The FCC’s new chairman on his plan to reopen the internet to competition—and the agitators picketing his family home.


Gibraltar Braces For Life After Brexit

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 24, 2017

Spain wants joint sovereignty over the Rock, but the people adamantly oppose it.


The United Dragging Should Spark A Revolt Against Big Business Arrogance

by Tunku Varadarajanvia New York Daily News
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The film on social media of that magnificently mulish, gloriously intransigent doctor being dragged from a United Airlines flight on which he’d paid to fly, and in which he’d been seated awaiting takeoff, made me and millions of Americans sick, sick, sick to the stomach.


Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam’s Most Eloquent Apostate

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 7, 2017

The West’s obsession with ‘terror’ has been a mistake, she argues. Dawa, the ideology behind it, is a broader threat.