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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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.

Analysis and Commentary

Assault Africans ... And Kiss Goodbye To The UN Security Council

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wire
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The racist attacks in Greater Noida are a greater diplomatic fiasco than India yet realises.


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.