Philip Gourevitch is the Editor of The Paris Review, and a long-time staff writer for The New Yorker.
He is the author of A Cold Case (2001) and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: stories from Rwanda (1998), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angelese Times Book Prize, and in England, the Guardian First Book Award. His books have been translated in nine languages, and his short stories have appeared in a number of journals. Before relaunching The Paris Review last year, Gourevitch had traveled extensively for a decade, writing from Africa, Asia, and Europe, and In 2004, he was The New Yorker’s Washington Correspondent, covering the presidential election. Most recently, he reported on Sri Lanka’s civil war in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Philip Gourevitch occasionally fills in as host for The Leonard Lopate Show.
The conflict in Syria is escalating so rapidly and involving such sectarian violence that one U.N. peacekeeper has called it a "civil war." What does identifying the conflict as a "civil war" mean going forward?
All this week The Takeaway has followed the news out of Syria, where a horrific massacre at the hands of Syrian government troops in the village of Houla recently left 108 civilians dead, including a number of children, most murdered at close-point range. Are we at a tipping point in Syria?
All this week The Takeaway has followed the news out of Syria, where a horrific massacre at the hands of Syrian government troops in the village of Houla recently left 108 civilians dead, including a number of children, most murdered at close-point range. Is it time to intervene in Syria?
From Germany in World War I to Germany and Japan in World War II, to the Taliban and Al-Qaida today, the faces of America’s enemies have shifted over time. But how we define our enemies defines our nation in turn. We assume to be what they are not. How has this pattern affected the way nations see themselves and each other?
Deborah Amos, Philip Gourevich, Arnon Grunberg, Sebastian Junger and Daniele Mastrogiacomo talked about the role of the journalist in war for a PEN World Voices Festival panel held at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to their conversation here.
Last Wednesday, President Obama reversed his position and decided to block the release of photographs documenting abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States military personnel. His change of mind on the issue came after commanders warned that the images could set off a deadly backlash against American troops. The change in position was sharply criticized by the A.C.L.U.. Obama says he doesn't want the mission in Iraq and Afghanistan imperiled by an old fight. He may not prevail, but he has, importantly, shown solidarity with his military's view on this controversial issue.