Nir Rosen

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Nir Rosen (born May 17, 1977[1] in New York City) is an American journalist and chronicler of the Iraq War, who resides in Lebanon.[2] Rosen writes on current and international affairs. In 2014 he was a special adviser for conflict resolution NGO Humanitarian Dialogue. [3]

Journalistic and academic work[edit]

Nir Rosen was born in New York City to a family of Israeli Jewish origin.[4]and attended the High School of Music And Art. Rosen is 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).[5] He spent eight 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.[6]

From 2005 to 2008, Rosen was a fellow at the New America Foundation.[7] In September 2007, he was the C.V. Starr Distinguished Visitor at The American Academy in Berlin.[8] 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.[9][10]

In 2010 he published his second book, Aftermath. From 2008 to 2011, Rosen was a fellow at the Center on Law and Security at the New York University School of Law,[11] until his resignation in the wake of his controversial statements about Lara Logan's sexual assault in Egypt.[12]

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.[13] This created controversy due to Kaldor's involvement in the LSE Libya Links affair.[14] 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.”[15]


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.[16] "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.[17] 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."[18][19] Rosen later posted an apology on Twitter[20] and resigned his position as a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security.[21] Rosen stated that he did not read the CBS News press release[16] to which he had linked, and that at the time of his comments he did not know Logan's assault had been sexual.[22]

Beliefs and views[edit]

Rosen believes that Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization, but rather a "widely popular and legitimate political and resistance movement".[23] 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."[24]

He wrote an assessment of the Syrian conflict for the American government and is known for the distinctly pro-Assad regime nature of his commentary.[3] Speaking in Moscow in 2019 he said the world owed Russia & Iran a debt of gratitude for preventing the collapse of the Syrian state.[25]


  • 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)

Critical reception[edit]


  1. ^ . (June 15, 2007). "Nir Rosen, 1977–". Contemporary Authors Online, Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
  2. ^ . (2010). "Reporters: Nir Rosen". Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Retrieved February 20, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Thomas Pierret , 23 December 2014 pulse media
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  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ . (November 16, 2010). "Is Afghanistan a lost cause?". Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates. NPR. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  8. ^ . (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. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 18, 2011. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  9. ^ . (April 2, 2008). "Hearing: Iraq after the surge: political prospects". U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  10. ^ . (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.
  11. ^ . (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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-17. Retrieved 2011-03-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  15. ^ Nir Rosen quits LSE after Lara Logan Twitter comments. BBC News. March 29, 2011 Retrieved 30 March 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ a b "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.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (opinion piece) (February 15, 2011). "Maybe this Nir Rosen person should reconsider tweeting". Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  18. ^ Stockdale, Nicole (opinion blog) (February 15, 2011). "After Lara Logan news, maybe it's better to remain speechless". Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  19. ^ Williams, Mary Elizabeth (opinion piece) (February 15, 2011). "What not to say about Lara Logan". Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  20. ^ . (blog) (February 16, 2011). "Nir Rosen apologizes after joking about Lara Logan's assault on Twitter". Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  21. ^ Lewis, Matt (opinion blog) (February 16, 2011). "Nir Rosen resigns as NYU fellow after trashing Lara Logan on Twitter". Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  22. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (blog) (February 17, 2011). "Nir Rosen to Anderson Cooper on Lara Logan assault tweets: 'I was a jerk' (video)". Retrieved February 22, 2011.
  23. ^ Whitney, Mike (December 1, 2007). "'Iraq doesn't exist anymore'. An interview with Nir Rosen". Petrolia, Calif.: (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.
  24. ^ Khanna, Satyam (blog) (April 4, 2008). "Rosen: U.S. occupation in Middle East is ' imperialist.'". Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  25. ^ valdaiclub [1]

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