John O'Sullivan (columnist)
John O'Sullivan, CBE (born April 25, 1942) is a British conservative political commentator and journalist and currently vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. During the 1980s, he was a senior policywriter and speechwriter in 10 Downing Street for Margaret Thatcher when she was British prime minister and remained close to her up to her death.
Born in Liverpool, he was educated at St Mary's College, Crosby and received his higher education at the University of London. He stood unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate in the 1970 British general election.
He is the editor-at-large of the opinion magazine National Review and a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He had previously been the editor-in-chief of United Press International, editor-in-chief of the international affairs magazine, The National Interest, and a Special Adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1991 New Year's Honours List.
He is the founder and co-chairman of the New Atlantic Initiative, an international organization dedicated to reinvigorating and expanding the Atlantic community of democracies. The organization was created at the Congress of Prague in May 1996 by Václav Havel and Margaret Thatcher.
O'Sullivan has published articles in Encounter, Commentary, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Policy Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The American Spectator, The Spectator, The American Conservative, Quadrant, The Hibernian and other journals, and is the author of The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister (November 2006). He also lectures on British and American politics and is the Bruges Group's representative in Washington DC.
"O'Sullivan's First Law"
He is known for O'Sullivan's First Law (O'Sullivan's Law): "All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing."
O'Sullivan currently resides in Decatur, Alabama with his wife Melissa and stepdaughters: Katherine and Amanda.
- "RFE/RL Announces Senior Appointments," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, January 16, 2008.
- Todd Beamon and John Bachman, "Mass Firings at Radio Liberty Help Putin; Hurt Press Freedom," Newsmax, January 24, 2013.
- John O'Sullivan, "She Kicked up and Kissed Down," The Globe and Mail, April 9, 2013.
- John O'Sullivan, "The Two Sides of Margaret Thatcher," The Telegraph, April 13, 2013.
- "Former Thatcher Confidant John O'Sullivan On Her Life And Legacy," Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 9, 2013.
- Mark Steyn, "When Leaders Showed Courage", Maclean's, January 29, 2007.
- John O'Sullivan, "The Rise of an Iron Lady," Human Events, 2013.
- John O’Sullivan, "O’Sullivan’s First Law", National Review, October 27, 1989.
- The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World, Regnery Publishing, November 25, 2006. ISBN 1-59698-016-8
- Works by John O'Sullivan, at Unz.org
- O'Sullivan articles, at National Review.
- O'Sullivan articles, at The National Interest
- O'Sullivan articles, at The Spectator.
- O'Sullivan articles, at The American Spectator.
- O'Sullivan articles, at The Weekly Standard.
- O'Sullivan articles, at The American Conservative.
- O'Sullivan articles, at The Claremont Institute.
- O'Sullivan articles, at Hungarian Review
- John O'Sullivan in Prague
- "The Good Doctor? The Case of Henry Kissinger", debate between O'Sullivan and Christopher Hitchens over whether former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger's foreign policy involved war crimes.