Barbara Slavin has been senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY since 1996, responsible for analyzing foreign news and U.S. foreign policy. She has covered such key issues as U.S. policy in Iraq, policy toward "rogue" states and the Arab-Israeli conflict. She has accompanied three secretaries of State on their official travels and has reported from Iran, Libya, Israel, Egypt, North Korea, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Prior to joining USA TODAY, she was a Washington-based writer for The Economist and the Los Angeles Times. From 1985-89, she was The Economist correspondent in Cairo. She traveled widely in the Middle East, covering the Iran-Iraq war, the 1986 U.S. bombing of Libya, and the political evolution of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio, the Public Broadcasting System and C-Span.
She is the author of a new book on the United States and Iran entitled Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. In October, she joined the U.S. Institute of Peace as a Jennings Randolph fellow, to continue her research on Iran. She earned her BA in Russian language and literature at Harvard University and also studied at Leningrad State University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.