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Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008. His coverage ranges from politics and foreign affairs to white-collar crime and espionage. He has written Profiles of Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, visited North Korea during the nuclear crisis of 2017, and reported from the siege at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His first book, “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China,” based on his experience of living in Beijing for eight years, won the 2014 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2020, Osnos published “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now.” His most recent book is “Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury.”

Previously, Osnos worked as the Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Before his assignment to China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq. He is a CNN contributor and a frequent guest on “The Daily Show,” “Fresh Air,” and other programs. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Sliding Toward a New Cold War

Not since the Berlin Wall fell has the world been cleaved so deeply by the kind of conflict that John F. Kennedy called a “long, twilight struggle.”

Is Ukraine the Next Battle in American Politics?

A year after Russia’s invasion, our political roundtable looks at how the conflict has upended domestic and international politics. 

The Glass Ceiling, Still Intact: Women and Power in Washington

Our political roundtable discusses Senator Dianne Feinstein’s retirement, Nikki Haley’s announcement, and Vice-President Kamala Harris’s political headwinds.

Ron Klain Looks Back on Biden’s First Two Years as President

“We have been declared dead, dead, dead many times,” the White House’s departing chief of staff says, of the Administration. “You just have to keep after it.”

What Biden Didn’t Say in the State of the Union

Our political roundtable discusses the scant attention paid to abortion rights, China, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the President’s address.

An “Anger Olympics” Between Trump and the Rest of the 2024 Republican Field

With Nikki Haley’s campaign announcement forthcoming, our political roundtable looks at the state of the Presidential race.

What Ron Klain Learned in the White House

Joe Biden’s exiting chief of staff is a case study in the slow accumulation of expertise.

Why Chief of Staff Is “the Hardest Job in Washington”

With news of Ron Klain’s departure from the Biden Administration, our political roundtable looks at the power and pitfalls of running the White House.

Examining Biden’s Second Year, and Tax Avoidance for the Rich

Our political roundtable looks at how much progress Joe Biden has made with his plans to transform the country.

The Getty Family’s Trust Issues

Heirs to an iconic fortune sought out a wealth manager who would assuage their progressive consciences. Now their dispute is exposing dynastic secrets.

House Republicans Launch Their Campaign Against the Bidens

Our political roundtable looks at the new Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

Kevin McCarthy’s Week in “Purgatory”

The roundtable looks at the contentious and agonizing battle for Speaker of the House.

The Biggest Stories of 2022

Our roundtable looks at the most important political stories of the year, including the curtailment of abortion rights and the war in Ukraine, and how they’ll shape 2023.

The January 6th Report and Donald Trump’s Criminal Referrals

Our roundtable explores the implications of the committee’s final findings on the insurrection.

Trump Calls to “Terminate” the Constitution, and Kyrsten Sinema’s Party Switch

Plus, our roundtable breaks down the results of the Georgia Senate runoff. 

The Historical Echoes of Trump’s Dinner with a White Supremacist

Following the former President’s meal at Mar-a-Lago with the Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, our roundtable breaks down the Republican Party’s historic relationship with the far right.

Chinese Protesters Warily Tell Xi Jinping, “Don’t Push Me”

The nation’s most defiant public demonstrations in years oppose “zero COVID” policies, but their roots run deeper. 

Can America’s Aging Leadership Deliver the Future?

The Political Scene’s Washington roundtable discusses whether the United States is a gerontocracy, and what that means for the country’s politics.

Trump Tries to Return, and Nancy Pelosi Steps Aside

The Political Scene’s Washington roundtable assesses major announcements by the former President and departing House Speaker.

Did Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Lower the Risk of War Over Taiwan?

The first meeting between the two heads of state ended with no concessions on either side, but it represented a positive step at a precarious moment in U.S.-China relations.

Sliding Toward a New Cold War

Not since the Berlin Wall fell has the world been cleaved so deeply by the kind of conflict that John F. Kennedy called a “long, twilight struggle.”

Is Ukraine the Next Battle in American Politics?

A year after Russia’s invasion, our political roundtable looks at how the conflict has upended domestic and international politics. 

The Glass Ceiling, Still Intact: Women and Power in Washington

Our political roundtable discusses Senator Dianne Feinstein’s retirement, Nikki Haley’s announcement, and Vice-President Kamala Harris’s political headwinds.

Ron Klain Looks Back on Biden’s First Two Years as President

“We have been declared dead, dead, dead many times,” the White House’s departing chief of staff says, of the Administration. “You just have to keep after it.”

What Biden Didn’t Say in the State of the Union

Our political roundtable discusses the scant attention paid to abortion rights, China, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the President’s address.

An “Anger Olympics” Between Trump and the Rest of the 2024 Republican Field

With Nikki Haley’s campaign announcement forthcoming, our political roundtable looks at the state of the Presidential race.

What Ron Klain Learned in the White House

Joe Biden’s exiting chief of staff is a case study in the slow accumulation of expertise.

Why Chief of Staff Is “the Hardest Job in Washington”

With news of Ron Klain’s departure from the Biden Administration, our political roundtable looks at the power and pitfalls of running the White House.

Examining Biden’s Second Year, and Tax Avoidance for the Rich

Our political roundtable looks at how much progress Joe Biden has made with his plans to transform the country.

The Getty Family’s Trust Issues

Heirs to an iconic fortune sought out a wealth manager who would assuage their progressive consciences. Now their dispute is exposing dynastic secrets.

House Republicans Launch Their Campaign Against the Bidens

Our political roundtable looks at the new Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

Kevin McCarthy’s Week in “Purgatory”

The roundtable looks at the contentious and agonizing battle for Speaker of the House.

The Biggest Stories of 2022

Our roundtable looks at the most important political stories of the year, including the curtailment of abortion rights and the war in Ukraine, and how they’ll shape 2023.

The January 6th Report and Donald Trump’s Criminal Referrals

Our roundtable explores the implications of the committee’s final findings on the insurrection.

Trump Calls to “Terminate” the Constitution, and Kyrsten Sinema’s Party Switch

Plus, our roundtable breaks down the results of the Georgia Senate runoff. 

The Historical Echoes of Trump’s Dinner with a White Supremacist

Following the former President’s meal at Mar-a-Lago with the Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, our roundtable breaks down the Republican Party’s historic relationship with the far right.

Chinese Protesters Warily Tell Xi Jinping, “Don’t Push Me”

The nation’s most defiant public demonstrations in years oppose “zero COVID” policies, but their roots run deeper. 

Can America’s Aging Leadership Deliver the Future?

The Political Scene’s Washington roundtable discusses whether the United States is a gerontocracy, and what that means for the country’s politics.

Trump Tries to Return, and Nancy Pelosi Steps Aside

The Political Scene’s Washington roundtable assesses major announcements by the former President and departing House Speaker.

Did Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Lower the Risk of War Over Taiwan?

The first meeting between the two heads of state ended with no concessions on either side, but it represented a positive step at a precarious moment in U.S.-China relations.