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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The Education Of An American Sage

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Thomas Sowellvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Thomas Sowell discusses his own rise from poverty and the country’s ‘degeneration’ into ‘grievance culture.’

Unquiet American

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Michael McFaulvia Politico
Sunday, March 12, 2017

Putin is unlikely to be brought in from the cold, says former US envoy to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Analysis and Commentary

President Trump's Missed Opportunity On The Kansas 'Get Out Of My Country' Killing

by Tunku Varadarajanvia New York Daily News
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Donald Trump will address the U.S. Congress and the American people tonight. We do not know exactly what he will say, but aides have indicated that the President will focus on a "renewal of the American spirit."

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Worst Brings Out Its Best

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two brave citizens decided a racist wouldn’t get away with murder.

Analysis and Commentary

Welcome To Trumpistan

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Open The Magazine
Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Trump and Barack Obama are the most violently contrasting pair of consecutive presidents in post-war American history, the distinction having been held previously by Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, with Obama and George W Bush, arguably, a very close second.

Analysis and Commentary

12 People Who Will (Likely) Ruin 2017

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Politico
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Europe has endured major angst these last 12 months, and many would say that the year 2016 was among the Continent’s most unlovely since the Balkan civil war. As we tiptoe into 2017, there’s no reason to believe that things will take a striking turn for the better.

Analysis and Commentary

A Post-Card From Cuba — 20 Years Ago

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Dhaka Tribune
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Six small observations about Cuba in the 90s.
Analysis and Commentary

The Brady Bunch Ambassadors

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Florence Henderson’s TV family brought America to India.

Analysis and Commentary

Into The Unknown With Trump

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Open Magazine
Friday, November 11, 2016

In the weird and startling hours after it became clear that Donald Trump had won the presidential election, a most lovely thing befell the United States: an outbreak of courtesy. 

Donald Trump: The Ugly American

by Tunku Varadarajan
Friday, October 14, 2016

If Trump has achieved anything in this year-and-a-half of campaigning, it has been to drag a great national and party history through the mud.