Tim Judah

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Tim Judah at LSE, December 2015

Tim Judah (born 31 March 1962) is a British reporter and political analyst for The Economist, and has written several books, mainly focusing on Serbia and Kosovo. At the time of the Euromaidan Revolution he began reporting from Ukraine.


Judah went to Charterhouse school followed by the London School of Economics[1] from which he graduated with a First Class degree in International Relations. He then studied for a Masters at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[2] His first job was at the BBC African Service. In 1989 he moved to Bucharest to work for The Times of London and The Economist. In 1991, as Yugoslavia began to collapse, he moved to Belgrade with his family. He covered all of the Balkan wars for The Times and The Economist and began writing for the New York Review of Books during the Kosovo war. During his career he has worked for several publications including The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph and The Guardian Weekend magazine.

Judah has reported from many places around the world, including El Salvador, Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda, and North Korea.

In 2009, Judah was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics.[3] It was there that he developed the concept of the Yugosphere.

Recently, Judah has also written highly praised articles relating to the War in Donbass.

On 1 December 2015 Allen Lane / Penguin published his book "In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine". It combines reportage, interviews and history.

Judah is married to writer and publisher Rosie Whitehouse and has five children, one of whom is the journalist Ben Judah.

Judah is president of the board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative.[4]

The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (1997)[edit]

Judah is the author of the prizewinning The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia (1997) published by Yale University Press.

Serbian-American poet Charles Simić has criticized Tim Judah for ethnic bias in his book The Serbs, regarding the situation of the Serbs in Croatia and their opposition to Croatia's newly formed government. Simić noted that "the new Croatian Constitution demoted 600,000 of Croatia’s Serbs to minority status by making the new country the ‘national state of the Croatian people’", as well as that "the streets and schools named after the heroes of the Anti-Fascist resistance had been renamed after the [Ustaše] Fascists responsible for the mass killings of Serbs in World War Two".[5]




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