Jim Hoagland

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Jim Hoagland was an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution and has served in a variety of reporting, editing, and opinion-forming roles at the Washington Post since joining the newspaper in 1966. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and other journalism honors, he became a contributing editor to the Post in January 2010, after serving two decades as associate editor and chief foreign correspondent.

Hoagland was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on January 22, 1940. He graduated with an AB in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1961 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He did graduate work in Aix-en-Provence, France, during the 1961–62 academic year and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism during 1968–69.

Hoagland began his journalism career as a reporter with the Rock Hill Evening Herald in 1960 while still in college. He then became a copy editor for the New York Times International Edition in Paris in 1964. On joining the Washington Post in 1966, he covered metropolitan and national affairs. He was the Post’s Africa correspondent (1969–72), Middle East correspondent (1972–75), and Paris correspondent (1975–77). In 1979, Hoagland became foreign editor and, in 1981, was appointed assistant managing editor for Foreign News. In 1986, he moved to Paris to begin his internationally syndicated column on America’s role in the world.

Hoagland served in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, from 1962 until 1964. He received the Overseas Press Club award for international reporting in 1977. Hoagland received Pulitzer Prizes in 1970 for international reporting and in 1991 for his columns on the events leading up to the Gulf War and the political turmoil within the Soviet Union. In 2002, the editors of seven leading European newspapers headed a jury that awarded Hoagland the Cernobbio-Europa Prize. He is the author of South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict, which was published in 1972.

Hoagland is married to novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock; they have two children, Lily and Lee.

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Recent Commentary


Jeb Bush Featured In Hoover Talk On Governance Trends, Democracy

mentioning George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, Hoover Institutionvia The Stanford Daily
Monday, October 7, 2019

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was among a panel of decorated speakers who gathered on Tuesday to discuss how modern social and political dynamics are affecting the current state of government, journalism and policy in America.

The Tech Economy Is Hard To Explain. Running Against The Other Is Much Easier.

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Friday, May 31, 2019

European voters turned their backs last weekend on mainstream political parties that had controlled their nations for much of the past century. Impressive numbers voted instead for populist (i.e., hate-mongering) outfits that make immigration and cultural conflict their main issues, or for Green parties that focus on ecology and the dangers of climate change. Conservatives and Social Democrats became, at least for now, statistical remnants of a fast-receding past in which arguments about capital, labor and taxes were dominant political messages.

Observations From The Roundtable

Observations from the Roundtable: Europe in an Emerging New World

by Jim Hoaglandvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, February 4, 2019

After sparking two world wars that brought horrific destruction to its own ancient civilizations, Europe finished the 20th century riding a wave of economic and political success. With decisive economic, political, and military support from the United States, the 15 countries that would form the European Union had rebuilt themselves and helped the United States prevail in the Cold War. They gradually would welcome 13 more countries into their organization, which became widely seen as a pathway to prosperity and a guardrail against the embittered, competing nationalisms that had led to war. Some members of the EU even adopted a common currency, in part to emphasize the benefits of nations working together through economic cooperation rather than trying to dominate each other.

Analysis and Commentary

China Is Trying To Woo U.S. Allies. The White House’s Response Contains Glaring Failures.

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Emboldened by the Trump administration’s denigration and threatened abandonment of traditional U.S. allies in Europe and other regions, China has launched a strategic campaign to woo, gain control over or otherwise undermine nations that have long supported U.S. goals and alliance management abroad. 

The White House

Corruption Wafts Into The Situation Room

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Monday, August 13, 2018

In responding to a question from The Post, Price put his finger on the greatest single outrage contained in the new episode of the President Trump-Omarosa Manigault Newman saga of sustained squalor: The misuse of the Situation Room by Wh ite House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to isolate and fire an employee.

Analysis and Commentary

What Is Trump Trying To Hide By Blaming Canada? The Answer May Be Frightening

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 14, 2018

The president doth protest too much, methinks.


America Has A Lot To Learn From South Africa

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at 81 brings a timely if grim reminder of the human costs of white- nationalist rule and intolerance inflicted on South Africa in the 20th century — a reminder that may be particularly useful for Americans right now.


Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance

by George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, James Timbievia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In Beyond Disruption: Technology’s Challenge to Governance, George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie present views from some of the country's top experts in the sciences, humanities, and military that scrutinize the rise of post-millennium technologies in today’s global society.

Analysis and Commentary

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Upon Us

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots “man” the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive tasks that once required human intelligence, wiping out millions of managerial, as well as industrial, jobs.

Trump Is At War With The Nation He Is Supposed To Lead

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Okay, Sergei, now it’s my turn: Stop laughing at my country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once chided me in Moscow for chuckling at the claim that Russia possessed unique virtue in international affairs. He returned the favor this week in Washington by openly mocking, in the presence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.