Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan

Biography: 

Tunku Varadarajan is the Hoover Institution's institutional editor and editor-in-chief 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

Why The EU Lost Middle England

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 22, 2019

Brexit isn’t rooted in ‘emotion’ but in a quiet sense of civilization evident in a village church.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Giants of the Monsoon Forest’ Review: The Indispensable Pachyderm

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 5, 2019

Elephants bring dexterity, intelligence and determination to the work of transporting goods and people in places motor vehicles can’t travel.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump, The Fed, And Interest Rates

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, June 28, 2019

These are dizzy days for monetary economists. Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, gave notice in a June 18 policy speech that his beleaguered shop could cut interest rates even further than it has already if Europe’s economy continues to deteriorate.

Analysis and Commentary

Once More To Ground Zero

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, June 17, 2019

There was laughter, merriment, even some horseplay. I noticed it not because it was loud, but because of where it was happening, 40 feet from one of the two memorial pools at ground zero in lower Manhattan.

Analysis and Commentary

India Turns West But Away From Western Values

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, May 23, 2019

[Subscription Required] Aparadox is playing out in India. The country is abandoning Western values at a time when it is closer strategically to the West, and to the U.S. in particular, than it has ever been.

Analysis and Commentary

When Reagan Went To China

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 29, 2019

I recently suggested to a still-sprightly friend who worked in the Reagan White House that President Reagan’s address at Fudan University in Shanghai—delivered April 30, 1984—was a terrific speech that stands forgotten. My friend texted a pensive reply. “If not largely forgotten, then it’s at least overshadowed by subsequent oratory in a busy rhetorical era.”

Interviews

Tunku Varadarajan: ISIS Attacks Peaceful Sri Lanka & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Tunku Varadarajanvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Tunku Varadarajan discusses his Wall Street Journal article "Behind the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka."

Analysis and Commentary

Behind The Easter Sunday Attacks In Sri Lanka

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, April 22, 2019

The island is no stranger to terrorism, but the violence has usually been between Buddhists and Hindus.

Analysis and Commentary

A Private Jet May Break The Sound Barrier

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 12, 2019

The Concorde last flew in 2003. Aerion CEO Tom Vice plans a new 12-seat plane that can travel at Mach 1.4.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Great Immigration System

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 8, 2019
‘The comic thing about this drama is that no one is even pretending there is a real emergency.” So says Neeraj Kaushal, 57, a professor of social policy at Columbia who has just published a bracing book on U.S. immigration policy. Her thesis: Far from presenting an emergency, as President Trump contends, America’s immigration system is the best in the world.

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