Nir Rosen (born May 17, 1977 in New York City) is an American journalist and chronicler of the Iraq War, who resides in Lebanon. Rosen writes on current and international affairs. He is a special adviser for NGO Humanitarian Dialogue.
Journalistic and academic work
Nir Rosen is an American journalist of Kurdish origin known for his writings on the rise of violence in Iraq following the 2003 invasion, which form the basis of his first book, In the Belly of the Green Bird (2006). He spent more than two years in Iraq reporting on the Coalition occupation, the relationship between Americans and Iraqis, the development of postwar Iraqi religious and political movements, inter-ethnic and sectarian relations, and the Iraqi civil war.
He has regularly contributed to leading periodicals, such as Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Review, and Harper's. He contributed to the footage of Iraq in Charles Ferguson's documentary No End In Sight and was also interviewed for the film. Rosen has written extensively against the surge in Iraq, notably in a March 2008 article for Rolling Stone.
From 2005 to 2008, Rosen was a fellow at the New America Foundation. In September 2007, he was the C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor at The American Academy in Berlin. On April 2, 2008, Rosen testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee at their hearings on political prospects in Iraq after the surge.
From 2008 to 2011, Rosen was a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law, until his resignation in the wake of his controversial statements about Lara Logan's sexual assault in Egypt.
In March 2011, Mary Kaldor, Co-Director at the Center for Global Governance at the London School of Economics had hired Rosen as a research fellow to work on North Africa. This created controversy due to Mary Kaldor's involvement in the LSE Libya Links affair. After two days, Rosen resigned from his position as a fellow at the London School of Economics. An LSE spokesman said, “Nir Rosen today resigned his temporary visiting fellowship at LSE—which was an unpaid position.”
In February, 2011 Rosen commented to his Twitter account regarding Lara Logan, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News, who was beaten and sexually assaulted in the February riots in Egypt. "Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger," wrote Rosen. Rosen suggested that she was trying to outdo Anderson Cooper, who was attacked but not sexually assaulted just days before, and that it would have been humorous had Cooper suffered a similar assault, saying "it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too." Rosen later posted an apology on Twitter and resigned his position as a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security. Rosen stated that he did not read the CBS News press release to which he had linked, and that at the time of his comments he did not know Logan's assault had been sexual.
He has been criticised for echoing a pro-Assad regime narrative surrounding the events of the Syrian civil war and claiming the regime is secular whilst only its opponents are motivated by sectarianism.
Beliefs & views
Rosen believes that Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization, but rather a "widely popular and legitimate political and resistance movement". In April 2008, when asked by then-Senator Joe Biden what could be done to improve the situation in Iraq, Rosen replied, "As a journalist, I’m uncomfortable advising an imperialist power about how to be a more efficient imperialist power. I don’t think we’re there for the interests of the Iraqi people. I don’t think that’s ever been a motivation."
- In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq, New York: Free Press, 2006. ISBN 0-7432-7703-1
- (as paperback) The Triumph of the Martyrs: A Reporter's Journey into Occupied Iraq, Potomac Books Inc., 2008. ISBN 1-59797-184-7
- Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World, Nation Books, 2010. ISBN 1-56858-401-6
- Articles (excerpt)
- "If America Left Iraq: The case for cutting and running" The Atlantic Monthly (December 2005).
- "Anatomy of a Civil War: Iraq's descent into chaos", Boston Review (November/December, 2006)
- "Nir Rosen on Iraq’s descent into civil war: 'This is a U.S. crime'". Socialist Worker (December 8, 2006 | Pages 6 and 7)
- "The Flight from Iraq", New York Times Magazine (May 13, 2007)
- "Riding Shotgun With Our Shadow Army in Iraq", Mother Jones (May/June 2007)
- "Al Qaeda in Lebanon: The Iraq war spreads" Boston Review (January/February 2008)
- "The Myth of the Surge", Rolling Stone (March 2008)
- "How we lost the war we won", Rolling Stone (October 2008)
- "Gaza: the logic of colonial power", The Guardian (December 2008)
- "How Did al-Shabab Emerge from the Chaos of Somalia?", Time (August 20, 2010)
- "Somalia's al-Shabab: A Global or Local Movement?", Time (August 20, 2010)
- "Western Media Fraud In The Middle East", Al Jazeera (May 18, 2011)
- "Yemen's Shia dilemma", Al Jazeera (May 24, 2011)
- "Among the Alawites", London Review of Books (September 27, 2012)
- Xenakis, Nicholas J. (Summer 2006). "T for Terrorist (book reviews of Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta; Nir Rosen, In the Belly of the Green Bird)". The National Interest (84): 134–138. Retrieved June 24, 2006.
- . (June 15, 2007). "Nir Rosen, 1977–". Contemporary Authors Online, Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- . (2010). "Reporters: Nir Rosen". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
- Thomas Pierret , 23 December 2014 pulse media
- Gupta, Arun K. (book review) (Winter 2007). "Nir Rosen. In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq; Loretta Napoleoni. Insurgent Iraq: Al Zarqawi and the New Generation; Thomas E. Ricks. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq; Gabriel Kolko. The Age of War: The United States Confronts the World". Arab Studies Quarterly 29 (1): 79–95. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Rosen, Nir (March 6, 2008). "The myth of the surge". Rolling Stone (1047): 46–53. Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- . (November 16, 2010). "Is Afghanistan a lost cause?". Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates. NPR. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- . (September 1, 2007). "The American Academy in Berlin welcomes its Fellows and Distinguished Visitors for the Fall 2007 (press release)" (PDF). The American Academy in Berlin. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- . (April 2, 2008). "Hearing: Iraq after the surge: political prospects". U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- . (2009). Iraq after the surge: hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, 110th Congress, 2nd session, April 2, 3, 8, and 10, 2008 (PDF). Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O. pp. 125–139, 141–144, 146–147, 149–150, 152–153, 155–158, 160–165. ISBN 0-16-082997-6. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
- . (April 30, 2008). "2007–2008 Fellows". Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law. Archived from the original on April 30, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
- Greenberg, Karen J. (February 16, 2011). "Official CLS statement on Nir Rosen". Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
- Nir Rosen quits LSE after Lara Logan Twitter comments (BBC News). March 29, 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12899154. Retrieved 30 March 2011. Missing or empty
- "CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests". CBS News. 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.
- Goldberg, Jeffrey (opinion piece) (February 15, 2011). "Maybe this Nir Rosen person should reconsider tweeting". TheAtlantic.com. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Stockdale, Nicole (opinion blog) (February 15, 2011). "After Lara Logan news, maybe it's better to remain speechless". DallasNews.com. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Williams, Mary Elizabeth (opinion piece) (February 15, 2011). "What not to say about Lara Logan". Salon.com. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- . (blog) (February 16, 2011). "Nir Rosen apologizes after joking about Lara Logan's assault on Twitter". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Lewis, Matt (opinion blog) (February 16, 2011). "Nir Rosen resigns as NYU fellow after trashing Lara Logan on Twitter". PoliticsDaily.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- Mirkinson, Jack (blog) (February 17, 2011). "Nir Rosen to Anderson Cooper on Lara Logan assault tweets: 'I was a jerk' (video)". HuffingtonPost.com. Retrieved February 22, 2011.
- Whitney, Mike (December 1, 2007). "'Iraq doesn't exist anymore'. An interview with Nir Rosen". Petrolia, Calif.: CounterPunch.org (Internet newsletter). Retrieved February 17, 2011.
Hizballah is not a terrorist organization. It is a widely popular and legitimate political and resistance movement. It has protected Lebanon's sovereignty and resisted American and Israeli plans for a New Middle East.
- Khanna, Satyam (blog) (April 4, 2008). "Rosen: U.S. occupation in Middle East is ' imperialist.'". ThinkProgress.org. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- Nir Rosen's personal blog
- Nir Rosen at the Internet Movie Database
- Nir Rosen on Twitter
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Former Fellow at New America Foundation
- Works by or about Nir Rosen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)