Helena Cobban

Ms. Cobban is a veteran writer, researcher, and program organizer on global  affairs. She contributed a regular column on global issues to The Christian Science Monitor from 1990 until the paper stopped having regular columnists in 2007.  She is a 'Friend in Washington' with the Washington, DC-based Friends Committee on National Legislation and a Contributing Editor of Boston Review. Since 2003 she has published  "Just World News", a lively blog on international issues that has gained a broad international readership.

In May 2008, Ms. Cobban published her seventh book, Re-engage! America and the World After Bush.  Congressman Lee Hamilton, Co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, described it as, "An impassioned, thought-provoking, and accessible brief from a highly esteemed journalist on how all of us - as individuals - can act to help better our country and world."  More information about the book is available at www.re-engage.net.

Her previous books include:
Born in England in 1952, Ms. Cobban received her B.A. and M.A. from Oxford University.  From 1974 through 1981, she worked as a Beirut-based correspondent for print and broadcast outlets that included The Christian Science Monitor, and The Sunday Times of London.  Since 1982, she has lived primarily in the United States, though her work has taken her back to the Middle East (many times), and to many parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

Ms. Cobban  has published widely in other print media on three continents. She has considerable experience in broadcast media: she worked as a reporter for ABC News and the BBC in the 1970s and has been a guest on many leading radio and broadcast discussion shows in the U.S.  She sits on the Middle East Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch and is one of two Quakers who are members of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.  She speaks French and Arabic,  and currently divides her time between Washington DC and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tel: +1 (434) 409-7712 (mob.)

Landline in DC: +1 (202) 506-3671
e-mail:  hcobban@gmail.com

(Updated July 2008)

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