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

War Brought Cricket To Afghanistan

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

After the Soviet invasion, the sport caught on among refugees in Pakistan.


Why Trump’s Protectionism Is Futile

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 1, 2018

[Subscription Required] The president is wrong to attribute industrial decline to foreign competition, and the rising dollar is likely to cause the trade deficit to rise.

Analysis and Commentary

A Conservative Economics Of Dignity

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 18, 2018

[Subscription Required] The dean of Columbia Business School is a tax cutter and free trader, but he says economists must address ‘real economic concerns in the heartland.’

Analysis and Commentary

‘The Duchess’ Review: How To Survive A Royal Romance

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, May 17, 2018

[Subscription Required] Start with a three-part quiz: Which British royal was sent to a hellish boarding school in Scotland, with instructions from his father to the headmaster that the boy’s life be made as tough as possible? Which royal hurled herself down a flight of stairs (in the early stages of pregnancy) in a bid to capture her husband’s attention? Which had a great-grandmother who was a long-term mistress of her present husband’s great-great-grandfather?


From Russia With No Love Lost

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 11, 2018

Anti-Putin crusader Bill Browder on his disillusionment with Moscow’s leader and his tangles with the man behind the Trump dossier.

Analysis and Commentary

Move Over Britain, France Is America’s ‘Special’ Friend

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Politico
Monday, April 30, 2018

With Brexit, the UK has lost its global heft and its usefulness to Washington.

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Preserving A Great Scholar’s Legacy

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Robert Conquestvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, April 21, 2018

The widow of Robert Conquest talks about the life and work of the historian, including three books still forthcoming.

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Analysis and Commentary

Leave Apu Alone—He’s A Great American

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 12, 2018

An unfunny comedian launches an attack on ‘his cartoon nemesis.’

Analysis and Commentary

One Belt, One Road, One Thrashing: How China Took Pakistan Hostage

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Print
Monday, April 9, 2018

As the United States draws closer to India, Pakistan has come to regard China as a life-support machine.


Manhood In The Age Of Trump

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 30, 2018

The author of ‘Manliness’ suggests the president’s vulgar appeal may be the beginning of the end of the push for gender-neutrality.