Bartle Bull

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Bartle B. Bull (born 1970) is an American writer, magazine editor and journalist specialising in foreign affairs and the Middle East. Bull is editor of the Middle East Monitor and foreign editor of Prospect, a leading British political and cultural magazine. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University (1993) and an M.B.A. from Columbia University (2000).[1]

Bull has written from the Middle East for the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Foreign Policy, Die Welt and other publications. His work, widely syndicated in Europe and the United States, has been featured in Corriere della Sera, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. He appears frequently on radio and television and especially for the BBC, NPR, Fox News and Al Jazeera.[citation needed]

Bull has done seven journalistic tours of duty in Iraq since the start of the insurgency in the spring of 2004 and is the only western journalist to have been embedded with the Mahdi Army in Iraq. According to the Wall Street Journal, Bull's next book, Babylon, is an account of the long relationship between Iraq, Iran and the West published in 2008 by Grove and Atlantic.[citation needed]

In the October 2007 issue of Prospect Magazine, Bull argued that the Coalition's mission in Iraq has been accomplished. With most Sunni factions now seeking a deal he claims the big questions in Iraq have been resolved positively. The country remains one, it has embraced the ballot box and avoided all-out civil war. He says that what violence remains is largely local and criminal. American troops will leave Iraq, Bull wrote, only "when the Iraqis, through their elected leadership, tell them to".[2][3]


  1. ^ Bartle Bull personal website,; accessed November 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Profile,; accessed November 14, 2014.
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed November 12, 2014.