Tim Judah

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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. He is considered an expert authority on the Balkans.

Early life[edit]

Tim Judah was born in London in 1962 and was raised in family of Baghdadi Jewish descent whose tradition maintains they first came to Iraq from the ancient Kingdom of Judah at the time of the Babylonian Exile.[1] His ancestors include Solomon Ma’tuk.[2]

The Judah family was later established in Calcutta as part of the Baghdadi Jewish community before migrating to Britain.[3][4][5][6]

Judah went to Charterhouse school followed by the London School of Economics.[7] He also studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[8]

Based abroad as a foreign correspondent Judah lived in Bucharest from 1990 to 1991 where he covered the fall of communism for The Times and the Economist.[9] He then moved to Belgrade where he covered the conflicts surrounding breakup of the former Yugoslavia.[10] He moved back to London in 1995 but continues to travel frequently to the Balkans.[11]

Judah is married to writer and publisher Rosie Whitehouse and has five children, one of whom is the journalist Ben Judah.[12]


Tim Judah began his career at the African service of the BBC World Service.[13]

He has reported from many flashpoints around the world, including the states of the former Yugoslavia, El Salvador, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Niger, Darfur, Uganda, North Korea, Georgia, Armenia, Haiti and Ukraine.[14][15][16]

In 1997, based on his reporting of the Yugoslav Wars Judah criticized "academics imbued with a two dimensional view of the world" such as Francis Fukuyama for discussing the revolutions of 1989 as heralding the end of history.[17]

Judah has been described by The Guardian newspaper as "a distinguished foreign correspondent."[18][19] As a writer his style combines reportage, interviews and history and his main focus, as a journalist, has been on conflict in Africa and Eastern Europe, in particular the Balkans.[20][21][22]

He has written three books on the Balkans region, most notably The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia published by Yale University Press in 1997 and Kosovo: War And Revenge with the same publisher in 2002.[23]

He was an eyewitness to many of the most notable battles of the Yugoslav Wars including the siege of Dubrovnik and the battle of Vukovar.[24]

Judah is considered an expert authority on Balkan politics.[25] As a Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute of the London School of Economics in 2009 he developed the concept of the Yugosphere.[26][27] He has described the Yugosphere as "a way of describing the renewal of thousands of broken bonds across the former state," a social and political phenomenon with a certain political application.[28]

In the Balkans itself, he is president of the board of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and a member of the board of the Kosovar Stability Initiative.[29]

Elsewhere in Eastern Europe, Judah has reported on the Euromaidan Revolution and the War in Donbass. His most recent book In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine was published in December 2015.[30]

Judah's work on Africa has included a BBC Radio 4 documentary on Mouridism.[31] His work has also touched on African sporting achievements with his 2008 book Bikila: Ethiopia’s Barefoot Runner shortlisted for the best new sportswriter category in the 2009 British Sports Book Awards.[32][33]

Judah has also worked in 2013 as a regular columnist for Bloomberg.[34]

He has celebrated the Jewish festival of Passover in both Baghdad during the American invasion of 2003 and Donetsk during the Russian invasion of 2014.[35] [36]


  • The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia. Yale University Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-300-08507-5.
  • Kosovo: War and Revenge. Yale University Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-300-09725-2.
  • Bikila: Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian. Reportage Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-9558302-1-1.
  • Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. 29 August 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-974103-8.
  • In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine. Allen Lane / Penguin. 1 December 2015. ISBN 978-0241198827.


  1. ^ Bataween (2006-04-11). "Passover pilgrimage to Ezekiel's tomb in Iraq". Point of No Return. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  2. ^ "Ma'tuk, Sulayman ben David". www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. ^ Seierstad, Asne (2009-04-24). A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal. Basic Books. ISBN 9780786736829.
  4. ^ "Passover in Baghdad". Granta Magazine. 2003-07-01. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  5. ^ "Ben Judah: The last of our synagogues". The Jewish Chronicle. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ Bataween (2017-07-28). "Point of No Return: Jewish Refugees from Arab and Muslim Countries: Why don't Jews remember their Sephardi heroes?". Point of No Return. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  7. ^ Tim Judah [@timjudah1] (7 December 2015). "Waiting to discuss Ukraine 🇺🇦 at LSE (studied IR here) in the Old Theatre...#LSEukraine .@LSEIRDept .LSEpublicevents" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ http://2011.belgradeforum.org/agenda/main-panel4/113/Tim+Judah.html
  9. ^ "Tim Judah". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  10. ^ "Tim Judah". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  11. ^ "Tim Judah". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  12. ^ https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/snowden-syria-vladimir-putin-s-cold-peace-with-the-west-1.1302183
  13. ^ Telegraph, Alex Harris webmaster@jewishtelegraph.com - Jewish. "A JEWISH TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER". www.jewishtelegraph.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  14. ^ http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/tim-judah/
  15. ^ "OUR TEAM". The Judah Edition. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  16. ^ "Tim Judah: Biography". 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  17. ^ Judah, Tim (1997). "The Serbs: The Sweet and Rotten Smell of History". Daedalus. 126 (3): 23–45.
  18. ^ Adams, Tim (2016-01-24). "This Is London: Life and Death in the World City by Ben Judah – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  19. ^ "Financial Times Magazine interviews Cara Fellows : Cara". www.cara.ngo. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  20. ^ https://pulitzercenter.org/people/tim-judah
  21. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/news/the-serbs-history-myth-and-the-destruction-of-yugoslavia-by-tim-judah-yale-university-press-8-99-in-uk-1.1111471
  22. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-sun-in-wartime-ukraine-tim-judah-20161012-story.html
  23. ^ Chotiner, Isaac (2016-10-18). "How Putin Won Crimea, and Lost Ukraine". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  24. ^ "THE SERBS". The Judah Edition. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  25. ^ Stephen, Chris (2 December 2017). "Security clampdown at The Hague amid fears of further suicides". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  26. ^ http://www.lse.ac.uk/europeanInstitute/research/hellenicObservatory/whoswho/visiting_fellows.aspx
  27. ^ "Tim Judah - Georgina Capel Associates ltd". Georgina Capel Associates ltd. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  28. ^ "THE YUGOSPHERE". The Judah Edition. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  29. ^ http://www.iksweb.org/en-us/board-members/Tim-Judah-40
  30. ^ https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/539222/in-wartime-by-tim-judah/9780451495495/
  31. ^ Judah, Tim (2011-08-04). "Islam's mystical entrepreneurs". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  32. ^ "Tim Judah". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved 2018-07-20.
  33. ^ "They are made a spectacle unto the world | The Spectator". The Spectator. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  34. ^ Judah, Tim. "Articles by Tim Judah - Bloomberg View". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  35. ^ Judah, Tim. "Ukraine: The Phony War?". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2018-08-06.
  36. ^ Bataween (2006-04-11). "Passover pilgrimage to Ezekiel's tomb in Iraq". Point of No Return. Retrieved 2018-08-06.


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